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August
2014


August 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Invests $102 Million in High-Speed Rail Upgrades on Chicago-St. Louis Line
Funding Will Improve Capacity, Safety on Joliet-Dwight Segment
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $102 million investment from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program to improve system performance and reliability on a key segment of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line. The investment will allow the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad to move forward with construction of a new bridge over the Kankakee River near Wilmington, as well as other safety and capacity enhancements along the busy corridor between Joliet and Dwight. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Dedicates Jane Byrne Interchange
Governor Renames Circle Interchange in Honor of Chicago’s First and Only Female Mayor to Date
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today formally dedicated the “Jane Byrne Interchange” in downtown Chicago in honor of the woman who shattered glass ceilings in both regional and national politics by becoming the first woman to govern a major American city. Also known as the Circle Interchange, the meeting point of most of the city’s major highways is being completely reconstructed as part of the state’s largest ongoing road construction project.


August 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims September as “Recovery Month” in Illinois
Encourages people to speak up about mental illness and substance abuse
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed September as “Recovery Month” in the state of Illinois to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. Recovery Month celebrates the continued success of many people in Illinois who have achieved recovery from alcohol and substance addiction and mental illness.


August 29, 2014
IDNR Delivers Revised Rules to Implement Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act
Rules strengthened to ensure public participation, improve transparency, toughen penalties and protect the environment
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today delivered revised rules to implement the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. The revised rules were submitted to the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for a required second public notice period.


August 29, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 38 and denied 86 clemency petitions. After inheriting more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the Governor continues to make significant progress acting on clemencies.


August 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $10 Million Investment in CPS Safe Passage Program
Funding Will Expand Innovative Program to Help Ensure Safe Passage to Chicago Public Schools that Serve More Than 65,000 Students
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $10 million state investment in the Safe Passage program for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The investment will expand the program by increasing routes to 93 schools currently in the program and adding 27 new schools. These schools are attended by more than 65,000 elementary and high school students. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep Illinois’ communities safe and give every child the opportunity for a high quality education.


August 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Jackie Robinson West Championship Day”
Governor Celebrates with Team and Fans at Rally and Parades
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed today “Jackie Robinson West Championship Day” in honor of the baseball team from Chicago’s South Side that won the U.S. Championship and was runner up in the Little League World Series. Jackie Robinson West defeated Nevada to become the U.S. Champions and advanced to play South Korea in the World Series, for the culmination of an amazing season.


August 27, 2014
IDOT, Law Enforcement Crack Down on Drunk Drivers Labor Day Weekend to Avoid Fatal Crashes
Safety Campaign Targets Impaired Drivers; Innovative New Digital Media Campaign Aims to Keep Illinois Motor Vehicle Injuries and Deaths on Decline
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of municipal and county police departments across the state announced today a zero tolerance approach for drunk and drug-impaired driving as part of the Labor Day holiday weekend “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.


August 27, 2014
State Department on Aging Recognizes Caseworkers & Ombudsmen at Adult Protection & Advocacy Conference
Award ceremony concludes the annual conference
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) wrapped up the Adult Protection & Advocacy Conference, held August 20 through 22, in Oak Brook. The annual conference (formerly the Elder Rights Conference) marked the 28th year IDoA has hosted the event where service providers, advocates and other professionals gathered to learn the latest information on the topic of elder rights. At Friday’s conclusion of the annual conference, IDoA presented an awards ceremony to recognize the 2014 Outstanding Adult Protective Services Caseworker & Community Long Term Care Ombudsman Awardees.


August 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Stop Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in the Workplace
Governor Signs Landmark Legislation on Women’s Equality Day to Guarantee Women the Right to be Both Mothers and Employees
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he has signed a landmark new law that will fight the widespread but often overlooked practice of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. The law provides job protections for pregnant women and requires that reasonable accommodations be made in the workplace so expectant mothers can continue working without fear for their health or the health of their child. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensuring full equality for women in Illinois.


August 26, 2014
Eight Illinois Fire Departments Recognized For Their Fire Prevention Efforts
Award Recipients are an Example of Courage and Commitment to Saving Lives
CHICAGO – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) congratulates the eight fire departments from Illinois that are being recognized with the 2013 Life Safety Award for their commitment to fire prevention efforts in their communities. The recipients have received the award from the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.


August 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Opens State-of-the-Art Police Forensic Laboratory in Belleville
New State Police Building Provides Forensic Capability for Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies
BELLEVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials to open a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville. The facility will provide the Illinois State Police (ISP) and police agencies throughout the region with enhanced crime-solving abilities. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today vetoed House Bill 4075, also known as the “Uber bill.” The bill would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing and prevented local governments across Illinois from adopting rules that fit their respective communities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect consumers, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 25, 2014
Rockwood Man Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Ceremony Held at Du Quoin State Fair
Du Quoin IL – In the mid-1960’s many were seeking to avoid military service, or to find non-combat roles for their time in uniform. For Michael L. Hoelscher, service was something he learned from his father, a WWII Marine. Shortly after graduating from Chester Community High School, Hoelscher started a career in uniform, with the first part as a Security Policeman in the U.S. Air Force, including a year-long tour on the ground in Vietnam. There he often found himself fighting as an infantryman with his fellow airmen in the defense of a key airbase.


August 25, 2014
Governor Quinn urges residents to take special precautions during extreme heat
More than 100 state cooling centers open across Illinois
CHICAGO – With the heat index expected to rise above 100 degrees in most of the state, Governor Pat Quinn is urging Illinois residents to take special precautions and make use of the state’s cooling centers. More than 100 cooling centers around Illinois are open in order to help those without air conditioning beat the heat.


August 25, 2014
American black bears, mountain lions and gray wolves to be protected in Illinois
Legislation Takes Effect Jan. 1; IDNR to Develop Management Plan
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The gray wolf, American black bear and mountain lion (cougar) will come under the protection of the Illinois Wildlife Code on Jan. 1, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced Monday. Senate Bill 3049, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, gives the IDNR the authority to manage these species for the protection of both wildlife and public safety. All three species were present when settlers arrived in Illinois, but were all but gone from the state by the mid-1800s. Due to improved legal protections and habitat restoration, these species are returning to some of their former range in the eastern United States.


August 25, 2014
Illinois Veterans’ Home Anna Honors 20th Year of Serving Veterans
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) honored the residents, staff and supporters of the Illinois Veterans' Home – Anna for 20 years of service in a 20th Anniversary Event at the Home’s Sensory Garden in a brief event earlier today.


August 25, 2014
IEMA Encourages Illinois Residents to Register for ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill in October
California Earthquake Highlights Importance of Preparedness
SPRINGFIELD – People in northern California were jolted awake Sunday morning by a 6.0 earthquake that damaged buildings and injured at least 200 people. As officials in California deal with the quake’s aftermath, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) stressed the importance of earthquake preparedness in Illinois and encouraged people to take part in a worldwide earthquake drill set for Oct. 16.


August 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Jackie Robinson West Little League Team
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team’s final game of the Little League World Series:


August 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Jackie Robinson West Little League Team
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team’s victory in the U.S. Championship game at the Little League World Series:


August 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces New Class of Illinois State Police Cadets
More Cadets to Protect and Serve Communities Across Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a new Illinois State Police (ISP) cadet class is set to begin in September 2014. Class 125 marks the second cadet class for 2014, and officials anticipate that graduates will report for duty in February 2015. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Landmark Legislation to Reform Illinois’ Mass Transit Agencies
Law Establishes Review Procedures for Unprecedented Transparency and Accountability Across CTA, RTA, PACE and METRA
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a mass transit reform law that establishes unprecedented new transparency and review procedures for CTA, RTA, PACE and METRA. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


August 21, 2014
IDOT Teams Up with “Walking Dead” Star to Drive Down Fatalities in Illinois
Innovative New Labor Day Ad Campaign to Target Young Males; Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Drunk, Unbelted Drivers
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials joined “The Walking Dead” Star Michael Rooker and representatives from Arthur Agency, a Carbondale-based advertising firm, at the Music Box Theatre today to announce the start of the Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, and announce the celebrity’s role in a new video series entitled “The Driving Dead.”


August 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence
“Diane’s Law” Expands Monitoring of Domestic Abusers Released on Bail
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today signed legislation to protect survivors of domestic violence. “Diane’s Law” allows the courts to order risk assessment and electronic surveillance of those charged with domestic abuse in order to increase protections for victims of domestic violence. Today’s action is part of the Governor's agenda to improve public safety across Illinois.


August 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking
Law Establishes Fund to Provide Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to establish a fund that will help provide specialized services to victims of human trafficking and prostitution. The fund will use previously collected fines from criminal offenses to provide targeted services to survivors, including community based drop-in centers and emergency housing. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


August 21, 2014
IDOT Takes Major Steps to Strengthen Personnel Practices
Corrective Actions Aim to Improve Accountability, Restore Public Confidence
CHICAGO – Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren today announced a series of personnel reforms that are underway to improve accountability and restore public trust at the Illinois Department of Transportation. The measures announced today are the result of a directive by Governor Quinn’s office to ensure the agency’s hiring practices are held to the highest standards.


August 20, 2014
Governor Quinn and Ice Bucket Challenge Creator Pat Quinn Join to Encourage Support for ALS Research
Chicago’s North Lawndale Eagles Participate in Ice Bucket Challenge; Governor Proclaims August 20 as “Ice Bucket Challenge Day” in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Pat Quinn, creator of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) “Ice Bucket Challenge,” the North Lawndale Eagles football team and the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter Executive Director Julie Sharp to raise awareness for the ALS Association. The Governor also proclaimed August 20 as “Ice Bucket Challenge Day” in Illinois and issued the following statement:


August 20, 2014
Department on Aging Hosts Financial Summit to Strengthen Financial Abuse Protections of Seniors
Summit held during annual Adult Protective Services Conference
OAK BROOK – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today hosts a summit to strengthen ways state and federal agencies work together with financial institutions to protect against financial exploitation of older adults. This third annual Summit on the Prevention of Elder Financial Fraud and Abuse is part of the Adult Protective Services conference IDoA hosts each year.


August 19, 2014
Illinois Landowner Grant Program Accepting Applications
Grants to help plug abandoned oil and gas wells
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced today that private property owners in Illinois can receive funding assistance to plug abandoned oil and gas wells located on their property.


August 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Help Prevent Concussions Among High School Athletes
Law Requires Illinois High Schools to Train Athletic Directors and Coaches on Concussion Reduction
OAK PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help reduce and prevent concussions among high school athletes. The law requires training on concussion awareness and reduction for high school athletic directors and coaches. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.


August 19, 2014
IDHS/DRS helps more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities find jobs
Program provides necessary tools to earn a living wage and become more independent
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – A program operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helped 5,155 individuals with significant disabilities find gainful employment last year (fiscal year 2014). This was the third consecutive year of positive growth for the program, with more than 15,000 people with disabilities becoming employed during that time period.


August 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces AAR Corporation to Expand in Rockford and Create 500 Jobs
AAR to Open a New Hangar at Rockford International Airport to Service Next Generation Aircraft
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that global aircraft service leader AAR Corporation is opening a new maintenance and repair hangar in Rockford that will create up to 500 new jobs over five years. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Vulnerable Adults and Seniors
New Laws Improve Procedures for Reporting and Resolving Problems with Individuals in Nursing Homes or Community Settings
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed two new laws that protect vulnerable adults and senior citizens across Illinois. The new laws improve procedures for reporting and resolving problems with individuals in nursing homes or community settings. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve safety, care and quality of life for Illinois’ senior citizens and persons with disabilities.


August 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Smoking on State University Campuses
Also Signs New Law to Restrict Display of E-Cigarettes Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit smoking on the campuses of all state-supported colleges and universities. The smoking ban takes effect July 1, 2015 and applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. The Governor also signed a law to restrict the display of e-cigarettes. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Support Illinois’ Latino Population
Law Updates Data Collection Practices to Reflect Illinois’ Increasingly Diverse Population
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today attended the Fifth Annual Cuban Festival in Chicago to sign legislation to update state agency data collection policies to reflect Illinois’ increasingly diverse community. The new law will help ensure the state meets the needs of every community and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


August 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Coordinate Assistance to Illinois’ Servicemembers
New Partnership Will Help Guide Support for Illinois’ Servicemembers and their Families
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help coordinate the donations and grants made by the public toward Illinois’ veterans. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to support Illinois’ military families.


August 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Keep Dangerous Substances Away from Illinois’ Schools
Additional Laws Help Combat Drug Use and Possession by Illinois’ Children
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed three new laws to fight the use and manufacture of illegal drugs in Illinois. The laws toughen penalties for meth manufacture near schools, add certain synthetic drugs to the Controlled Substances Act and prohibit anyone under 18 from purchasing or possessing any product containing the herbal drug Kratom. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep schools safe and protect the health of the people of Illinois.


August 15, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, August 17, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, August 17, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.


August 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Prohibit ATM Fees on Child Support Payments
Law Will Ensure Children Receive the Support and Care They Deserve
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit ATM fees on EPPICards, reloadable debit cards which are methods of receiving child support payments. The new law will ensure that children receive the support and care they deserve. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect consumers and support Illinois’ families.


August 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Drops to Near Six-Year Low
Visits Chicago Manufacturer to Announce State’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to 6.8 Percent in July with 11,200 Private Sector Jobs Added
CHICAGO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since August 2008, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Wheatland Tube, the largest pipe and conduit manufacturer in North America, to discuss the state’s ongoing economic comeback. Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in July, its lowest level since August 2008. Wheatland Tube is among many Illinois businesses that are adding new jobs to the state’s workforce and fueling the economic recovery. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Calls for State Building to Be Named in Honor of U.S. Senator Alan Dixon
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a plan to name the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield after the late U.S. Senator Alan Dixon. Governor Quinn initiated and is working with the Illinois General Assembly to pass a joint resolution making that designation official.


August 13, 2014
Illinois EPA Announces Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced household hazardous waste collections have been scheduled in six communities for the fall of 2014. Through household hazardous waste collections, citizens are given the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements and garages. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


August 13, 2014
Liquor Control Commission July Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In July 2014, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 342 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 47 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-six percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


August 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Veterans With Disabilities
New Law Removes Unnecessary Hurdles for Veterans Who Rely On the Use of Accessible Parking Spots
VILLA PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to ensure that veterans with disabilities can utilize accessible parking spaces across Illinois without facing unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. The Governor was joined at today’s bill signing by Congresswoman and former Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Congresswoman Duckworth is a decorated Iraq War veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart for serious injuries sustained during combat. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to honor and support the men and women who have served our nation.


August 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Emergency Response Services in Rural Areas
New Laws Will Help Improve Emergency Response Times and Quality Care to People Across Every Corner of Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the Illinois State Fair on Agriculture Day to sign legislation that will help improve emergency response services in rural areas throughout the state. The new laws help ensure the highest quality of care can be provided in ambulances and on the scene of accidents across Illinois. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


August 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Innovative Swedish-Based Manufacturer to Expand in Naperville
SKF Group Creating 80 Jobs, Investing $18.6 Million in Research Center
CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Swedish-based SKF Group has selected Illinois for its new North American research and development facility, which will create 40 full-time jobs within two years and another 40 within four years. The company chose a site in Naperville over locations in several other states. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Expands Green Transportation Program on Illinois’ Highways
‘Bus on Shoulders’ Program Made Permanent and Will Now Transport Even More People Over More Illinois Highways
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the innovative ‘Bus on Shoulders’ program and make Illinois’ highways more environmentally-friendly, efficient and accessible. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ infrastructure.


August 11, 2014
Veterans’ Day at the Illinois State Fair Great Success for Thousands
Springfield -- The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Fair, hosted veterans and their family members to a great day at the State Fair – admission free – on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, with a surprise visit by Governor Pat Quinn, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and other elected and appointed officials to veteran-centric events.


August 11, 2014
Misclassified Employees Force Taxpayers To Subsidize Costs, Harm Economy
Illinois Led Nation in Auditing Problem Employers
CHICAGO – Illinois employers wrongly classified nearly 20,000 of their workers as independent contractors rather than full-time employees in 2013, skipping out on more than $250 million in wages and contributions to funds that support laid-off and injured workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Illinois’ Military Families
New Law Offers Gold Star License Plates to Children of Fallen Servicemembers
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to allow the children of fallen servicemembers apply for Gold Star license plates. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to support Illinois’ military families.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Jackie Robinson West Little League Team
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team’s regional championship victory. The Chicago South Side team will now head to Williamsport, Pa. to compete in the Little League World Series.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs “Sign and Drive” Law
Legislation Ends the Practice of Posting a Driver’s License for Traffic Citations
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to end the practice of posting a valid driver‘s license as security for traffic citations in Illinois. Today’s action on the “Sign and Drive” law continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


August 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Kicks-Off 2014 Illinois State Fair
Annual Family-Friendly Agricultural Showcase Features Entertainment and Activities for Everyone
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by families and officials from across the state to kick-off the 2014 Illinois State Fair. The annual 10-day agricultural celebration features a wide variety of family-friendly activities including food, racing, music and carnival rides. This year’s fair theme is “Making Memories.”


August 8, 2014
Illinois EPA Features Interactive Exhibit at State Fair’s Conservation World
Agency Will Highlight Recycling and Green Actions at Home with Carnival/Midway Themed Exhibit
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced the Agency’s participation in the 2014 Illinois State Fair Exhibits. In keeping with this year’s State Fair theme “Making Memories,” the Agency’s State Fair exhibit theme will be “Recycling Memories at the Illinois State Fair.” Using a carnival/midway theme, the exhibit will teach visiting youth how to recycle and highlight “green actions” they can take at home.


August 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Next Phase of South Suburban Airport Development
Following Bult Field Purchase, Upcoming Forum Will Help Guide Historic Project to Revitalize South Suburban Region and Create Thousands of Jobs
MONEE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois is taking an important next step toward building the South Suburban Airport (SSA). At the direction of Governor Quinn, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host an industry forum next month with private developers, air carriers and potential airport tenants to create a business plan and strategy to complete the project as quickly and efficiently as possible. The move follows the state’s recent purchase of Bult Field – a general aviation airport that will serve as the SSA’s first runway.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Walgreens
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the Walgreens Company's decision to remain headquartered in the United States.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Workers Across Illinois
Bill Drafted by Attorney General Madigan Limits Payroll Card Fees and Gives Employees More Flexibility
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to protect the increasing number of workers across Illinois who receive their compensation through a payroll card. The measure, drafted by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, provides important protections for employees by limiting fees that can be imposed on payroll cards. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all Illinois workers are treated fairly and receive the compensation they deserve.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State Police to Assist Chicago Police Department
Forty State Police Troopers Will Join CPD Officers Following Mayor Emanuel’s Request for Assistance
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois State Police to deploy 40 state troopers to join Chicago Police officers in patrolling four city neighborhoods. The action follows the city’s request for assistance and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on 49th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn issued today a statement on the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:


August 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Heroin Awareness and Prevention Efforts Across Illinois
New Law Strengthens Task Force Devoted to Fighting Heroin
ROMEOVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to fight heroin use in communities across Illinois. The new law will expand the scope of a special task force created last year to study heroin use in Illinois and make recommendations to increase awareness and prevention. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to strengthen drug prevention efforts and save lives.


August 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Valence Health to Expand in Illinois
Chicago Company Will Create 500 New Jobs by 2019
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn announced today that Valence Health is significantly expanding their business in Illinois and will create 500 jobs in Chicago over the next five years. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement Regarding Passing of Gene Callahan
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Gene Callahan:


August 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of James Brady
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the passing of James Brady:


August 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Address Urban Flooding and Ensure Cleaner Drinking Water
Legislation Will Help Protect Health and Wellness of All Illinois Residents
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed critical legislation to address urban flooding and to help ensure clean drinking water supplies and a cleaner environment. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


August 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Takes Action to Strengthen Humane Treatment of Animals Law
Signs New Law Proposed by Illinois Third-Graders Devoted to Fighting Puppy Mills; Issues Order to Create Illinois Pet Advocacy Task Force
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action to protect animals across Illinois by fighting puppy mills. The Governor today signed a new law that was proposed by three dedicated third-graders from Arlington Heights and increases penalties for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Today’s action, taken at a Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) event in Chicago, is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all animals are treated humanely in Illinois.


August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Invites Applications for 32nd Annual Hometown Awards
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn is encouraging Illinois communities large and small to submit entries for the 2014 Governor’s Hometown Awards competition. This year marks the 32nd annual event, which recognizes volunteers whose hard work and dedication greatly improve their communities. The deadline to submit applications is August 18, 2014.


August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Expand Recreation and Tourism in Rockford Area
Investments Will Help Expand and Improve Rockford Area Facilities to Create Jobs, Support Recreation and Drive Tourism
LOVES PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local government, business, civic and labor leaders to announce $3.1 million in state investments to expand sporting facilities in the Rockford area. The Governor also launched construction of the region’s Reclaiming First initiative, to help boost tourism in the Rockford area. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to promote recreation and sports tourism in Illinois.


August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Cutting Edge Broadband Network
$100 Million Illinois Century Network Construction Brings Ultra-Fast Access to Communities Across 55 Counties
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install more than 1,000 new miles of high-speed fiber-optic broadband infrastructure across 55 Illinois counties. Supported by the Governor’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the project created nearly 700 jobs expanding access to high-speed broadband services for schools, libraries, hospitals and internet providers throughout Illinois. The network is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 1, 2014
Veteran Hiring Event Nets 26 On-the-Spot Job Offers
Pre-Registration and Illinoisjoblink.com Key to Hiring Success
CHICAGO – Twenty-six on-the-spot job offers were made at this week’s Hiring Our Heroes event in Chicago. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) were primary sponsors. This success illustrates how well the state’s hiring portal, Illinoisjoblink.com, links employers with qualified workers to grow our economy.


August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Outlaw Cyberbullying of Illinois Students
Law Helps Protect Illinois Students from Bullying Outside the Classroom
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to protect students across Illinois by banning cyberbullying outside the classroom. The new law, which builds on previous legislation banning cyberbullying in schools, will help ensure that Illinois’ students aren’t bullied through electronic means whether they are at school or home. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of students in every community across Illinois.


August 1, 2014
IEMA Encourages Parents to Include Emergency Preparedness in Back-to-School Plans
August is School Preparedness Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – School bells soon will be ringing as students across the state begin the new school year. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois during August to encourage families to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.

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