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2017


April 26, 2017
Rauner Administration Seeks to Rid State Government of Illegal Hires Made Under Previous Administration
Comes on the heels of IDOT Special Master recognizing Rauner Administration for cleaning up state government hiring practices


April 26, 2017
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors over 150 Vietnam War Veterans
(Glen Ellyn, IL)…. Vietnam War Veterans were honored and thanked yesterday for their service during the Vietnam War by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans at the College of DuPage. During the ceremony, over 150 Veterans were honored with a 50 year commemoration pin. This national commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by the President as follows: In 2007, the 110th Congress incorporated language in H.R. 4986 authorizing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.


April 26, 2017
New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army invested
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries Named Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
WASHINGTON - The newest civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was invested during a ceremony conducted on April 19, 2017 at the Pentagon. Ms. Erica Jeffries, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs was selected by acting Secretary of the Army, Robert M. Speer to represent Illinois (North). She is the first African American woman to be selected to be a CASA.


April 26, 2017
Genetic testing confirms Illinois’ new state-record crappie was a hybrid
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Fisheries today confirmed that a new state-record hybrid crappie was caught at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County on March 28.


April 25, 2017
Illinois Awarded $16 Million Grant to Fight Opioid Crisis
Funding expands access to treatment and prevention for opioid and heroin crisis
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) was awarded a federal grant for over $16 million to fight Illinois’ opioid crisis. The grant is funded through the 21st Century Cures Act which includes an estimated $1 billion to states over the next two years to combat the nation’s opioid crises. Grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant program.


April 24, 2017
Governor Rauner's Statewide School Visit
Governor to connect with classrooms through Facebook Live


April 24, 2017
I-55 Lane Closure Begins April 26
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces roadwork on Interstate 55 from a half-mile north of Stevenson Drive to a half-mile north of Interstate 72 (Clearlake Avenue) beginning at 7 p.m. April 26.


April 24, 2017
Make Sure Your Child Is Fully Immunized
Eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, measles cases being seen again in unvaccinated
SPRINGFIELD – Several mumps outbreaks around the state over the past couple years and a measles outbreak in 2015 in northern Illinois that affected mainly children too young to be fully immunized, are stark reminders of the importance of immunizations. During National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29, 2017, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is asking all parents to talk with a health care provider and make sure their children are fully immunized.


April 22, 2017
Illinois EPA Celebrates Earth Day by Honoring Young Environmentalists for Poster, Poetry and Prose
Students Recognized for Creativity on the Importance of Waste Reduction
SPRINGFIELD — In recognition of Earth Day, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Alec Messina is honoring a group of creative fifth and sixth grade students selected for their skills used to express environmental awareness, as part of the Agency’s 30th Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. The writers and artists selected from throughout Illinois were recognized today at a reception in the Old State Capitol building in downtown Springfield.


April 21, 2017
IDOT Celebrates Earth Day by Distributing Trees to Schools
SPRINGFIELD — In observance of Earth Day, the Illinois Department of Transportation distributed almost 5,000 oak seedlings to schools throughout the state in cooperation with Living Lands & Waters. The trees were provided free of charge to IDOT as part of Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project.


April 20, 2017
The State of Illinois to Build a Digital-Ready Workforce
Partnership with the IoT Talent Consortium to Offer Data Science Training to Illinois Workers and Learners, with Cybersecurity Training Next in the Pipeline
Chicago, IL - The State of Illinois and the IoT Talent Consortium (IoTTC) today announced a partnership to deliver education curricula designed to further Illinois' goal of transforming into a "smart state" by using advanced technologies to deliver services better and more efficiently.


April 20, 2017
Earth Day Honor: IDOT Recognizes Longtime Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers
More than 140 groups thanked in tree-planting ceremony
SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of Earth Day this weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation is honoring the Adopt-A-Highway groups that have been keeping Illinois roadways clean since the program started more than 20 years. The milestone was marked by a ceremonial tree-planting at IDOT's headquarters to recognize the longtime volunteers and highlight the agency’s commitment to green and sustainable practices.


April 19, 2017
Governor Makes First #GovClassroomVisit
Maine East High School is first stop on Learning Tour


April 19, 2017
Governor Discusses Changes To Fix the Broken System
Elk Grove Village – Governor Bruce Rauner today joined the Growth Opportunity Alliance (GOA) and discusses changing the broken system to grow Illinois' economy


April 19, 2017
8th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Ceremony at the Old State Capitol April 25th
SPRINGFIELD – In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) will present 24 Illinoisans and four businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on April 25, 2017 at 1 p.m.


April 19, 2017
Take Control of Your Finances! Participate In Money Smart Week®
Illinois Student Assistance Commission Encourages Students to Get Money Smart
CHICAGO– With the lengthy budget delay in Illinois, funding for many state grant and scholarship programs is still in limbo, and financial uncertainty has become a daily obstacle for many students in Illinois.


April 19, 2017
New Siemens Charger Locomotives Begin Testing
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that new Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotives have begun testing in Illinois. The testing is expected to last through Sunday, April 23, with the locomotives expected to go into full-time service later this spring.


April 18, 2017
Be Prepared if Disaster Strikes
Illinois Department of Insurance reminds homeowners to re-evaluate insurance risks
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) today joined the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to urge consumers to consider their insurance risks and understand what is covered in their current policies.


April 18, 2017
Get Smart About College Planning During Money Smart Week®
College Illinois!® offers tips to help parents, grandparents of young children prepare for future
CHICAGO – In partnership with Money Smart Week® (April 22–29), the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is reminding parents and grandparents about the importance of planning today for the future costs of college, providing strategies to help them limit — or even eliminate — future student debt.


April 17, 2017
Governor Discusses Changes To Get Illinois Back on Track
Economic growth is critical to transforming state


April 17, 2017
Illinois State Fair Adds To Its Diverse, Dynamic Grandstand Line-Up
New This Year: Fair to offer free admission with purchase of Ticket Package; Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster April 29th
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The hottest concert line-up of the summer is nearly complete as State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon announces four more nights of entertainment at Grandstand for the 2017 Illinois State Fair. One final concert announcement is still pending at this time. Meanwhile, tickets for this blockbuster lineup will go on-sale Saturday, April 29th via Ticketmaster, and at the Emmerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Monday, May 1st.


April 17, 2017
Illinois DCFS issues public service announcements urging the public to keep children safe near water
May is Drowning Prevention Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois DCFS today released two audio and two video public service announcements (PSAs) aimed to educate the public about the importance of actively watching kids when they are in or near water to prevent accidental drowning deaths.


April 17, 2017
Governor Discusses Changes to Grow Illinois’ Economy
Job creation critical for state’s success


April 14, 2017
Governor Attends Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Specialist Graduation Ceremony
Congratulates graduates for entering an agency that is embracing evidence-based approaches to rehabilitate youth


April 13, 2017
Governor Discusses Cutting Red Tape at Illinois Competitiveness Council Forum
Regulations, restrictions hinder economic growth


April 12, 2017
New, Improved ‘Getting Around Illinois’ Website
Updated, responsive design gets information to travelers more efficiently
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has introduced a redesigned GettingAroundIllinois.com that provides continually updated information in a mobile-friendly format that’s more convenient for the motoring public in Illinois.


April 12, 2017
IEMA Announces Joliet Junior College Attains ‘Ready to Respond Campus’ Designation
JJC sixth Illinois campuses to receive distinction
SPRINGFIELD – Joliet Junior College (JJC) in Joliet was recognized Tuesday evening by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) for achieving the Ready to Respond Campus designation after completing the program’s rigorous campus safety criteria.


April 11, 2017
Just One Week Left to File Your Income Tax Return
Processing improvements keep refunds rolling
SPRINGFIELD – With only seven days left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can. More than 4 million taxpayers have already filed their 2016 Illinois individual income tax returns and have received refunds totaling over $760 million. Approximately 87% of the tax returns that IDOR has received were filed electronically. An estimated 2 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed before the April 18th deadline.


April 10, 2017
Illinois Improving Training Hate Crime for State Police Cadets
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the next steps to comprehensive plan to combat hate crimes in Illinois through improved training of law enforcement.


April 7, 2017
April Declared Information Technology Month in Illinois
Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) Plans Month of Tech Events
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner declared April 2017 as Information Technology Month in Illinois to celebrate the important work being done by IT professionals statewide and to encourage Illinois students to understand the growing opportunities in IT and the workforce.


April 7, 2017
Gear Up – Ride Smart
Motorcycle season shifts to top gear, riders urged to take steps to ensure safe travel
SPRINGFIELD — With spring cruising in and motorcycle season shifting into top gear, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to “Gear Up–Ride Smart” to ensure their safety before taking the first ride of the season.


April 7, 2017
IDNR Announces Schedule of Waterfowl Blind Site Drawings
Drawings to be held for public hunting area waterfowl blind sites
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl hunting blind site random drawings to be held at several public hunting areas in Illinois in June, July and August.


April 7, 2017
Governor Hosts Model Passover Seder Dinner
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner today hosted a Model Seder in preparation for Passover. This was the first official event hosted at the Agriculture Director’s House on the Illinois State Fairgrounds while the Illinois Executive Mansion is closed for renovations.


April 6, 2017
State Fire Marshal Encourages Illinoisans to Have Emergency Plans In Case of Fire
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is encouraging all Illinois households to take steps to prepare themselves in the case of a home fire incident. The Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends having a working smoke alarm and a specific plan for your family in case of emergency.


April 5, 2017
Governor Discusses Changes to Put Illinois Back on Track
ALTON – Governor Rauner today toured Cope Plastics and discusses changes to put Illinois back on track and increase job growth in the state.


April 4, 2017
Construction Season Begins, Caution Needed Behind the Wheel
Work Zone Safety Week reminder to pay special attention when seeing orange
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway were joined by industry partners and frontline construction workers today to remind the public that construction season has arrived and extra caution will be required in work zones. In support of the effort, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed April 3-7 as “Work Zone Safety Week” in Illinois.


April 4, 2017
Statement from Rauner Administration on Supreme Court Decision
CHICAGO – The Rauner Administration has released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s denial of the direct appeal request in the AFSCME case


April 4, 2017
Governor Tours Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center
Part of Administration's transformation efforts to reduce the prison population 25% by 2025


April 3, 2017
How Public Health Impacts Your Life
National Public Health Week – April 3-9, 2017
SPRINGFIELD - If you have ever eaten at a restaurant, used a public swimming pool, gone to a hospital, needed an ambulance, or received a flu shot, you’ve received public health services. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with 97 certified health departments across the state, works every day to control infectious diseases, ensure food safety, conduct newborn screenings, provide immunizations, regulate hospitals and nursing homes, compile birth, death, and other statistics, and educate communities on how to live healthier lives.


April 3, 2017
IEMA Highlights Role of Volunteers in Disasters
Volunteers assist with preparedness, response and recovery
SPRINGFIELD – Volunteers can provide critical assistance in disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts in Illinois. Throughout April, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight ways Illinois residents can help their communities be more resilient.


April 3, 2017
New Look Unveiled For Illinois State Fair
2017 Theme Revealed: Generations of Fun!
SPRINGFIELD, IL. - Director Raymond Poe and State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon today unveiled a sleek new look for the future of the Illinois State Fair. With the unveiling of this new logo, also comes the 2017 fair theme: Generations of Fun!

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