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March
2017


March 28, 2017
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Everyone Has a Role to Play
Illinois DCFS to hold events in Chicago, Peoria, Edwardsville and Carterville
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill) – The public is invited to join the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, other child welfare stakeholders, elected officials and more for a month long observance that is a public call to action during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.


March 28, 2017
Governor Highlights and Reaffirms Commitment to Strengthening Illinois' Ethical Standards
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner today discussed the changes his administration has made to create a more ethical and responsive government with the state ethics officers at the Executive Ethics Commission's Ethics Officer Conference at the University of Illinois-Springfield.


March 27, 2017
Rauner, Durkin Call on General Assembly to Pass I-55 Resolution
Historic project would invest in Illinois infrastructure, create jobs, reduce congestion


March 24, 2017
Rauner Urges Swift Action on State-City Pension Deal as House GOP Readies Its Votes
CHICAGO - Following the announcement that House Republicans are prepared to put the requisite number of votes on an historic state-city pension reform deal, Governor Bruce Rauner once again called on the General Assembly to swiftly pass the legislation that would save taxpayers around the state billions of dollars, address an urgent request from the City of Chicago and help move Illinois forward.


March 24, 2017
Governor Announces Appointment
CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has appointed Don Edwards to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Edwards’ passion for the university’s success and extensive background in financial management will be an excellent addition to the board.


March 24, 2017
Vendor Contracted by Illinois Department of Employment Security Data Breached
Roughly 1.4 million Illinois job seekers affected - -- Incident validates benefits of enterprise approach to cybersecurity -- --- Comptroller refuses to fund enterprise approach ---


March 24, 2017
Governor Takes Action to Protect Taxpayers

- Rauner calls for comprehensive approach to pension reform -
-- Video footage of Governor Rauner addressing today’s action can be found here


March 23, 2017
Statement from Deputy Governor Leslie Munger on Court Ruling to Prioritize Lawmaker Pay
SPRINGFIELD – Deputy Governor Leslie Munger released the following statement on lawmaker pay, calling on Comptroller Susana Mendoza to ask for an immediate stay of the judge's ruling pending appeal


March 22, 2017
Governor Discusses Improving Illinois' Digital Literacy
Rep. Jimenez and CMS connect state and federal computer surplus program to local non-for-profit benefitting those at-risk and underserved


March 22, 2017
Governor Addresses Illinois Terrorism Task Force
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today attended the quarterly meeting of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) and thanked the members for their work on behalf of the people of Illinois.


March 21, 2017
Governor, DoIT Unveil Cybersecurity Strategy to Protect Services and Information
Goals establish secure data, ensure service delivery and defend state’s infrastructure, while enabling digital transformation in Illinois


March 21, 2017
Illinois Department of Insurance Issues Spring Travel Tips
Protect Your Trip & Your Loved Ones With These Important Travel Reminders
SPRINGFIELD – Spring Break is no longer exclusively for college students. Illinois families will use the coming weeks to get away from the cold and enjoy vacation time between winter and summer. The Illinois Department of Insurance suggests you review these important tips before you leave.


March 21, 2017
Momentum Builds for Senate’s Compromise Pension Bill
Momentum is building for the compromise pension bill introduced by Senators Connelly and Tracy to make statewide changes to Illinois’ pension system, while providing Chicago Public Schools $215 million to close its budget deficit for one year.


March 20, 2017
Rauner Administration Calls on Comptroller Mendoza to Stop Cutting Payments to State’s Most Vulnerable
The Rauner Administration today called on Comptroller Susana Mendoza to reverse her disturbing decision to cut payments to social service organizations serving our state’s most vulnerable residents.


March 17, 2017
Illinois Department of Insurance Places Public Service Insurance Company into Rehabilitation
Policies will continue in force and policyholder claims will continue to be paid in the ordinary course of business
SPRINGFIELD - An Agreed Order of Rehabilitation has been entered against Public Service Insurance Company (“Public Service”) and its parent corporation Public Service Mutual Holding Company by the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (“Supervising Court”). Jennifer Hammer, Director of Insurance of the State of Illinois, has been affirmed as the statutory rehabilitator (“Rehabilitator”) for the companies.


March 16, 2017
Governor Rauner Urges General Assembly to Ensure Pension Reform, Funding for Chicago Public Schools
Rauner supports compromise to jumpstart budget momentum


March 16, 2017
DCFS Releases Public Service Announcements Reminding Public April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services released an audio public service announcement (PSA) aimed at educating the public that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Illinois.


March 16, 2017
Department of Commerce Increases EDGE Program Transparency
EDGE agreements now available online
SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity today announced the online publication of EDGE tax credit incentive agreements. The publication is the latest move by the Rauner Administration towards better government and transparency.


March 15, 2017
Governor Rauner applauds state adoption of Every Student Succeeds Act plan
Implementation will ensure markers for student, school success


March 15, 2017
Secretary of Education Calls on Chicago Public Schools to Support Pension Reform Plan Legislation
-Provides $215 million for CPS pension payment, statewide pension reform-
--Governor would sign legislation--


March 15, 2017
Governor’s Office Statement on Democrat Opposition to Authorizing Spending Cuts
SPRINGFIELD - The Rauner Administration today released the below statement following the Senate Executive Committee voting down legislation to give Governor Rauner the authority to cut spending and balance the budget


March 14, 2017
Rauner Administration Calls on Comptroller to Continue Payments for Critical Technology
-Comptroller Continues Push to Shut Down State Government- --After movement to halt state worker pay, drain critical service funds, Comptroller plans to stop payment for critical technology that protects sensitive data--


March 14, 2017
Department of Human Services’ Cost Savings Efforts Set to Move Forward
Policy protects Illinois’ most vulnerable, saves taxpayer dollars
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Human Services’ proposed overtime policy to govern overtime in the Home Services Program cleared the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. This rule will protect Illinois’ most vulnerable residents, create jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of the program to allow individuals with disabilities to continue living independently in their homes.


March 13, 2017
Governor Discusses Changes to Move Illinois Forward
Fixing our broken system will create jobs, freeze property taxes and strengthen schools


March 10, 2017
Governor Rauner Signs Legislation to Improve Illinois' Criminal Justice System
Legislation includes parts of recommendations by the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform


March 10, 2017
Luck Won’t Get You Home Safely on St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t drive if you plan on celebrating the holiday with alcohol
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds you to plan before you party this St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ll be drinking alcohol to celebrate the holiday, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a cab or ride-sharing company or take public transit. Don’t make a mistake that could cost you all of your green.


March 10, 2017
More Than 1,000 Youth to Compete in Illinois State Archery Tournament March 24th and 25th
Top finishers will Advance to National Tournament
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament on Friday, March 24th, and Saturday, March 25th, at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Participation remains strong as 1,120 archers from 38 schools have registered to compete. Participation in the State Tournament has climbed steadily from 400 in 2012 to 1,120 this year.


March 10, 2017
IDOA Reminds Livestock Producers To Protect Their Investments
High Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Tennessee, Illinois Remains Free of Virus
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Recently the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee. This is the first confirmed case of high path avian influenza (HPAI) this year in the United States. This is a new strain of the virus, identified as North American wild bird lineage H7N9. This is a different virus than what affected the United States in 2014-2015.


March 10, 2017
Spring Forward This Sunday: “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries”
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) recommends changing smoke alarm batteries when setting clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, March 12, 2017. Smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year in order to ensure that they work properly to prevent injuries and deaths in case of a fire.


March 9, 2017
Governor Announces Finalists of #GovClassroomVisit
CHICAGO – Governor Rauner announced today the finalists of the #GovClassroomVisit learning tour at the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth (Children's Cabinet) quarterly meeting. More than a hundred schools submitted a video to show the Administration the innovative ways they were learning.


March 8, 2017
Governor Addresses Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs Economic Conference
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner joined Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti today to discuss issues affecting our rural communities in Illinois at the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs' 28th Annual Economic Development Conference in Springfield.


March 8, 2017
Governor Welcomes Cubs, Commissioner's Trophy to Capitol
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner hosted Chicago Cubs Chairman and Owner Tom Ricketts along with the Commissioner's Trophy from their historic World Series win today at the Capitol.


March 8, 2017
Statement Regarding Appeal of Comptroller Mendoza's Attempts to Cripple Government Operations
"We submitted the payroll per her request, but are appealing because we are going to continue fighting Comptroller Mendoza's push to cripple state government operations - part of the coordinated effort to shut down state government."


March 8, 2017
Governor: "We cannot stay silent on hate"
Rauner Administration Takes Steps to Combat Anti-Semitism and Strengthen Illinois' Hate Crime Laws


March 7, 2017
Governor Addresses Internet of Manufacturing Conference
CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner today discussed the role of innovating technology and manufacturing at the Internet of Manufacturing Conference taking place at McCormick Place.


March 7, 2017
Governor Celebrates Rivian Automotive Opening
NORMAL - Governor Bruce Rauner today visited Rivian Automotive's new facility in Normal. The company is repurposing the 2.4 million square foot plant that was once home to Mitsubishi Motors.


March 7, 2017
Illinois Celebrates AmeriCorps Week
March 4-11, 2017 designated as a week to recognize 2,600 volunteers
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed March 4-11, 2017 AmeriCorps Week in Illinois. Each year, the nation celebrates the service that tens of thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. The Service Illinois Commission uses this week to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.


March 3, 2017
E. Coli Outbreak Spurs I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Recall
Company voluntary recalls products
SPRINGFIELD – The I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Company, headquartered in Illinois, is voluntarily recalling its SoyNut Butter products after 12 cases of E. coli O157 in five states were preliminarily linked to the products. There are no cases reported in Illinois. Product testing is currently underway. SoyNut Butter is a nut-free substitute for peanut butter.


March 3, 2017
Rauner Administration Calls on Comptroller to Not Put Employee Pay and Critical Government Services at Risk
Pay for nearly 600 employees and human service agencies in jeopardy


March 3, 2017
Statement on the Fourth District Appellate Court’s Ruling in AFSCME Impasse Case
We are currently analyzing this decision, but we are very disappointed with the court’s ruling which continues the stay that prevents our Administration from implementing common-sense changes in the AFSCME contract.


March 1, 2017
Illinois Ranked #3 for Site Selection
Site Selection magazine names Illinois amid top states for new and expanding facilities
CHICAGO – Site Selection magazine has announced the 2016 Governor’s Cup winners with Illinois coming in at number three. The recognition is awarded to states with the most qualifying new and expanded facilities per capita.


March 1, 2017
Illinois EPA Announces Early Start to 2017 Ozone Season
Ozone Season Begins March 1
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Director Alec Messina has announced the early start to the 2017 Ozone Season. This is the time of year where meteorology and air pollution could result in elevated ground-level ozone. Previously, the ozone season ran from April through October, and 2017 is expanding by one month at the direction of U.S. EPA.


March 1, 2017
IDOL Director presents Governor’s Safety Award at DIOSH Day
PEORIA—To promote safety in the workplace, Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Acting Director Anna Hui joined employers and employees at the 26thAnnual Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health (DIOSH) Day Conference. Illinois OSHA, along with many industry groups, sponsored this event to provide expert occupational safety and health management resources for employers of all sizes and industries.


March 1, 2017
Rauner Administration Provides Guidance to Victims Recovering From February Storms
Illinois Department of Insurance Outlines What Families Should Do During the Days Immediately Following Severe Storms

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