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September 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Successful First Year of Affordable Care Act Enrollment
More than 685,000 People Now Have Access to Quality Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that since open enrollment began nearly one year ago, more than 685,000 people across Illinois now have access to quality healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. State officials are gearing up to ensure even more residents sign up for healthcare in year two of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.

September 30, 2014
Liquor Control Commission September Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In September 2014, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 325 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 45 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-six percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.

September 30, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Reassures Illinoisans After First Ebola Case Confirmed in the U.S.
SPRINGFIELD – This afternoon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States in a patient in a Texas hospital. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck has this statement: “While not easily transmittable, Ebola is a very serious virus. At this time, Ebola does not pose a great health risk to the people of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities to be vigilant for Ebola. IDPH has issued guidance to health care facilities and medical professionals on evaluating patients and lab specimen submission. Conducting surveillance for diseases, identifying potential cases, implementing infection control measures and stopping the spread of illness are core public health functions and we stand ready to protect the people of Illinois.

September 29, 2014
WIC Program Changes Promote Healthy Food Choices
New milk guidelines effective October 1
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is making changes designed to improve the nutrition and health of pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children. Effective October 1, WIC will offer only one percent or skim milk for children over the age of two and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have recently had a baby. Children ages 12-23 months will continue to receive whole milk to ensure proper growth and development.

September 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces the Wait is Over for Chicago’s First Olive Garden Restaurant
New Restaurant Bringing 170 Jobs, Never-Ending Pasta Bowl and Unlimited Breadsticks to Help Feed Illinois’ Growing Workforce
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local officials and employees for the opening of a new Olive Garden restaurant on West Addison Street in Chicago. The new restaurant employs 170 people, who join the 13,800 new private sector jobs created throughout Illinois during August. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

September 29, 2014
Governor Quinn and Uber Announce Major Chicago Headquarters Expansion
Innovative Ridesharing Company to Add 420 Jobs by End of 2016
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Uber executives today announced that the ridesharing giant is moving forward with creating 420 new jobs by the end of 2016 in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. The announcement follows action the Governor took last month to veto legislation that would have imposed statewide restrictions on Uber and prohibited it from expanding beyond its current footprint in Illinois. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

September 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Paul Konerko Day” Across Illinois
Presents White Sox Icon with Official Proclamation at U.S. Cellular Field
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today will join White Sox player Paul Konerko during a pregame ceremony to honor the retiring first baseman and proclaim today, September 27, 2014, as “Paul Konerko Day” in Illinois.

September 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Presents Gene & Jude’s with Inaugural “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award
New Award Highlights Illinois’ Growing Tourism Industry and its Key Role in Illinois’ Economic Comeback
RIVER GROVE – Governor Pat Quinn today honored the iconic Chicago area hot dog stand Gene & Jude’s with the first-ever “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award. The new culinary designation celebrates local food establishments that are beloved stops for visitors and locals alike. The award also highlights the important role Illinois restaurants play in Illinois’ economic comeback.

September 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Combat Homelessness Among Veterans
$1.2 Million Investment Will Double The Salvation Army’s Capacity to Serve Our Veterans and Those in Need
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $1.2 million investment in The Salvation Army of Sangamon County for a major project that will double the shelter’s capacity to help veterans in need. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.

September 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Rosh Hashanah
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on Rosh Hashanah:

September 22, 2014
State Director on Aging Says September Observances Stress the Importance of Healthy Aging
September is Healthy Aging Month; September 23 is Falls Prevention Day
SPRINGFIELD - September has a number of health awareness observances for older adults, including Healthy Aging Month, Adult Immunization Week (September 23 to 27), and Falls Prevention Day on September 23. All the observances have in common the fact they draw attention to the importance of good health. In observance, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is urging older adults to take steps to be healthy.

September 22, 2014
Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Breaks Ground On New 95th Street Terminal
New South Side Transit Hub to Create More Than 700 Jobs, Promote Economic Development; New Terminal Will Significantly Increase Safety and Comfort for Passengers
CHICAGO - Governor Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today broke ground on a new 95th Street Terminal for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), one of the largest station projects in CTA history. The $240 million reconstruction project will replace the current facility, built in 1969, creating a signature transit hub that will serve CTA’s busiest rail line and 1,000 buses each weekday, and become an anchor for economic opportunity on Chicago’s South Side.

September 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on First Veterans Home in Chicago
New Facility Will Care for 200 of the Nation’s Heroes
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today broke ground on the $70.5 million Illinois Veterans Home at Chicago. The 200-bed facility will be the fifth veterans’ home in the state and the first in Chicago. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s longstanding commitment to honor and support the men and women who have served our nation.

September 19, 2014
IDPH Announces 37 Organizations Selected for Federal Grants in Year 2 of Get Covered Illinois Navigator Program
Department of Public Health Announces List of Local Agencies Tapped to Assist Consumers Explore Healthcare Options During Second Open Enrollment Period
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today a list of 37 organizations that will receive a share of $25.8 million in federal funding to participate in the second year of Get Covered Illinois’ In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program, the state-run outreach and education arm for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois.

September 19, 2014
Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates International Day of Peace
CHICAGO–-Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Rocco Claps joined civic leaders today in observing the annual United Nations International Day of Peace, reading a proclamation on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn declaring September 7-21 “Peace Days” in Illinois.

September 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Chicago’s Hydro, Inc. as Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop
State Jobless Rate Reaches Lowest Level in Six Years
CHICAGO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate continued to fall to its lowest point in six years, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Hydro, Inc. in Chicago to discuss the state’s ongoing economic recovery. Over the past six months, Illinois' unemployment rate has fallen faster than any other state in the country. Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped for the sixth consecutive month, from 6.8 to 6.7 percent in August, its lowest level since August 2008 and lower than when the Governor took office. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

September 18, 2014
First West Nile Virus Related Deaths Reported in Illinois
Cooler temperatures do not mean we’re out of the woods yet
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first West Nile virus related deaths in Illinois for 2014. Two residents in northern Illinois who became ill with West Nile virus in late-August and early September have died.

September 16, 2014
IDOT, Secretary of State and AAA Launch National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois
Statewide Effort to Ensure Proper Restraints and Save Lives of Illinois Children
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Secretary of State, American Academy of Pediatrics – Illinois Chapter and AAA today launched 2014 National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois. The annual campaign brings attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate car seats, booster seats or seat belts.

September 16, 2014
State Recognizes Adult Day Service Providers During Awareness Week from September 14th to 20th
Observance highlights services that offer support & independence to seniors
SPRINGFIELD - In observance of Adult Day Services week Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is praising providers who offer support services at Adult Day Centers. Adult Day Service (ADS) is designed for older adults who want to remain in the community but face limitations if left home alone during the day due to physical, social and/or mental impairment. In addition to recreational and therapeutic activities to help clients maintain/develop physical and mental status, ADS provides health and medication supervision, personal care, and meal service for clients. ADS providers also offer respite for family caregivers, especially those who are employed outside the home.

September 15, 2014
Biologists Conclude Second Year of IDNR Osprey Recovery Project
Ten Osprey chicks relocated to Illinois from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) biologists are wrapping up the second summer of a long-term project to re-establish the osprey as a nesting species in the state. The osprey is listed as an Illinois state-endangered species, meaning it is at risk of disappearing as a breeding species. While the osprey often is seen during spring and fall migration, few remain in Illinois to nest. Birds from Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia are brought to Illinois to be released at Anderson Lake in Fulton County and Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County.

September 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors “Latinos Building Illinois”
Thompson Center Exhibit Showcases Trailblazers For Latino Heritage Month
CHICAGO - Since the 1880s, Latinos have been building Illinois’ roads, railroads and water infrastructure. Governor Pat Quinn will showcase their accomplishments as part of 2014 Latino Heritage Month with a free exhibit, open from Monday, September 22 to Friday, September 26, in the James R. Thompson Center Atrium, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago.

September 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Clean Water Investments in Stickney and Burbank
Projects Will Modernize Infrastructure, Combat Damaging Floods and Create Jobs
STICKNEY – Governor Pat Quinn today announced investments to make significant clean water related improvements in Stickney and Burbank. The projects, totaling $134 million, will help curb water pollution and alleviate flooding while supporting hundreds of jobs. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

September 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $200 Million Milestone for Welcome Home Heroes Homeownership Program
Affordable Loan Program Has Helped 1,600 Veterans Purchase a Home
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than 1,600 veterans, active military personnel, reservists and Illinois National Guard members have accessed more than $200 million through his Welcome Home Heroes homeownership program. The down payment assistance and affordable fixed-rate mortgages under the program are funded with a $20 million investment from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.

September 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Fallen Servicemembers on Patriot Day
“Portrait of a Soldier” Memorial on Display at the University of Illinois-Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today commemorated Patriot Day and opened the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The exhibit features a series of hand-drawn portraits of nearly all of the 326 Illinois men and women who have died while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.

September 11, 2014
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education
CHICAGO – With a tradition of proven support for veterans, military students and their families, Southern Illinois University Carbondale was presented with the Spring 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education, at a ceremony Thursday, September 11 outside the Traveling Vietnam Wall exhibit on the SIU campus.

September 10, 2014
Serve Illinois to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps in State’s Capital
President Obama to Give Remarks from Washington, D.C.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the 2014 Illinois National Service Recognition Day will be held in Springfield on September 12. The Illinois National Service Recognition Day is an official way to honor programs and energize members for the upcoming service year. This year’s events mark the 20th anniversary of when the first AmeriCorps members were sworn into service. The event will take place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center and the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

September 9, 2014
Pre-Register for September 18 Veteran Hiring Event to Maximize Job Opportunities
IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Partner to Put Veterans to Work; More than 150 On-the-Spot Job Offers Last Year
CHICAGO - Hiring Our Heroes, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans and their family members find employment, returns to Chicago on Thursday, September 18. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary hosts. The Aon-sponsored event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago.

September 9, 2014
Illinois EPA Awards Solid Waste Enforcement Grants
Local Governments Partner with Agency to Manage Waste
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett has announced 19 grant awards totaling more than $1.5 million to local governments across the state to be used to conduct inspections at permitted pollution control facilities, such as landfills, and to investigate citizen complaints about illegal dumping.

September 9, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Thursday, September 11, 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 to Sunset on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

September 9, 2014
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Reminds College Students To Make Fire Safety A Priority
September, Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – As thousands of college students head off to college, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) joins a national effort to raise fire safety awareness among college students who will live in campus dormitories or off campus housing. Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed September as the Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois in an effort to educate college students on the importance of having smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every campus housing facility. The Governor also wants to encourage schools and municipalities to provide educational programs on the dangers and prevention of fires.

September 8, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Watching for Possible Outbreaks of Circulating Virus
Cases of an uncommon enterovirus found in the Midwest
SPRINGFIELD – Several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri have recently reported clusters of severe respiratory illness in community members, especially children. Testing of some cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified an enterovirus, EV-D68. While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, which are very common viruses of respiratory illness, EV-D68 is less common.

September 8, 2014
IDNR Explores Hiring Concessionaire to Manage World Shooting and Recreational Complex
Public can view “Request for Information” on state purchasing Website
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is exploring the possibility of hiring a concessionaire to operate the World Shooting and Recreational Complex (WSRC) near Sparta. The Department has posted a Request for Information (RFI) at: http://tinyurl.com/SpartaRFI. The purpose of issuing the RFI is to seek ideas to shape a business plan that will allow the complex to achieve its full potential. The RFI is the precursor to a formal Request for a Proposal which asks potential vendors to submit bids.

September 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Sister Rivers and Lakes Week”
New Thompson Center Exhibit to Honor Illinois’ Relationship with World Waterways
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed September 7-13, 2014 as “Illinois Sister Rivers and Lakes Week” to celebrate the importance of the Illinois River and Lake Michigan, and address the shared challenges of waterways throughout the world. The Governor will salute Illinois’ eight “Sister Rivers and Lakes” partners on four continents with a free exhibit, open to the public this week in the James R. Thompson Center Atrium, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago.

September 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $1 Million Investment in Brookfield Zoo Improvements
Investment Will Create Jobs, Attract Tourism and Support Inclusion for Adults and Children with Disabilities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment of $1 million for improvements at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. The funding will assist in the development of a new building designed for children and adults with disabilities, underserved communities, and veterans and their families. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, the investment is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

September 5, 2014
Illinois EPA Conducts Waste Tire Removal Action for Units of Local Government in Eight Illinois Counties
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett has announced the completion of waste tire removal actions that took place during the July and August. The waste tire removal action is a part of the Illinois EPA’s efforts to assist units of local government (ULG’s) in providing and maintaining a healthful environment for the benefit of this and future generations, established in the Illinois Constitution and Section 55.1(c) of the Environmental Protection Act.

September 5, 2014
In observance of Grandparents Day State Praises Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren
Dept on Aging funds support services for grandparents who need assistance to provide a stable environment for their grandchildren
SPRINGFIELD - In observance of Grandparents Day this Sunday, September 7, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., praises grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and reminded about support services. A grandparent who lives with and is responsible for most of the basic needs of their grandchildren, ages 18 and younger, is a primary caregiver. It’s estimated more than 100,000 grandparents in Illinois serve as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren because the parents are unable to.

September 5, 2014
HFS to collect $16.3 million from IL hospitals to reduce potentially preventable readmissions
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced Friday it will begin collecting $16.3 million in penalties from 82 Illinois hospitals in an effort to lower the number of potentially preventable readmissions (PPR) and keep patients healthier.

September 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for Six Eastern Illinois Counties
Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford and Iroquois Counties Eligible for Federal Aid After May Hail Storm Destroyed Strawberry Crop
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared six eastern Illinois counties as federal disaster areas following a May 21 hailstorm that destroyed the area's strawberry crop. The declaration makes farmers in these counties eligible for federal disaster assistance, primarily low-interest loans. The action was taken after Governor Quinn submitted a request to Secretary Vilsack for a disaster declaration.

September 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Indiana and Wisconsin Court Ruling on Marriage Equality
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the U.S. appeals court ruling in Chicago that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional:

September 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Nearly 20 Percent Reduction in Workers’ Compensation Costs
Governor’s Historic Reforms Continue to Drive Illinois’ Comeback and Increase Savings for Businesses Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that workers’ compensation costs in Illinois have dropped 19.3 percentage points since the passage of workers’ compensation reform in 2011. This drop, reported by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), reflects a major reduction in the cost of claims paid by insurers and provides key savings for businesses across Illinois. News of the significant reduction comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that Illinois’ unemployment rate has dropped to an almost six-year low.

September 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Kicks-Off 2014-2015 School Year
Governor Visits Students on their First Day; Announces State is Moving Ahead with ‘Seal of Biliteracy’ Program
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited students at two Chicago Public Schools on their first day of school to wish all students in Illinois a happy and healthy year of learning. The Governor visited Vanderpoel Elementary Magnet School and Schmid Elementary School on the south side of Chicago. Today’s events are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child in Illinois the opportunity for a high-quality education.

September 2, 2014
State’s Medical Cannabis Patient and Caregiver Application Process Begins September 2
CHICAGO – Patient registration for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program starts today, September 2. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is accepting applications for qualifying patients and caregivers who wish to apply for a medical cannabis registration identification card. Applications are being accepted both electronically and through the mail.

September 2, 2014
State to Host Business Workshop in Metro East to Boost Illinois Business Opportunities
SIUE-East St. Louis networking event is intended to expand pool of businesses with state contracts
EAST ST. LOUIS – The administration of Governor Pat Quinn announced today it will be hosting an educational workshop and business networking event geared toward small and diverse entrepreneurs on Sept. 17th, at the East St. Louis campus of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (SIUE). The goal is to connect business owners with like-minded professionals and raise awareness about opportunities to participate in state contracts. The workshop is one of a series of ongoing events around the state and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and ensure a level playing field for all contractors in Illinois.

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