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February 27, 2017
Governor Announces Medicaid Managed Care Reboot
Goal of program is to offer enhanced care at sustainable costs, cover more beneficiaries, strengthen quality control and improve coordination of services

February 27, 2017
Returning Illinois Products Expo Offers 'Taste of Illinois Agriculture'
Supporting Illinois agri-businesses creates boost to Illinois economy
SPRINGFIELD, IL – This year, the 19th annual Illinois Products Expo will offer a ‘Taste of Illinois agriculture’ as visitors will be able to taste, sample and purchase all of what Illinois has to offer. Dozens of Illinois food companies, wineries and agricultural associations will take part in the upcoming agricultural showcase on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

February 24, 2017
Governor Celebrates Black History Month
Building for the Future event recognizes individuals and organizations who have contributed to the Illinois African-American community

February 23, 2017
Governor Bruce Rauner Honors Carnegie Hero From Buffalo Grove
Proclaims today Duncan O.C. Harris Day in Illinois for his heroic efforts

February 22, 2017
Governor Addresses State Board of Education to Emphasize Importance of Strong Accountability Standards
Standards part of plan submitted to federal government under Every Student Succeeds Act

February 21, 2017
Stars and Legends to Perform at 2017 Illinois State Fair
First Round of Grandstand Headliners Announced for Springfield Fair
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hot off its 2016 record breaking Grandstand lineup, the Illinois State Fair is excited to announce five of the eleven headlining acts for the 2017 fair.

February 21, 2017
Earthquake Education Kiosk Unveiled at University Mall in Carbondale
IEMA, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium project will help southern Illinois residents reduce damage, injuries from earthquakes
SPRINGFIELD – An interactive kiosk is now available to help residents of southern Illinois learn how to reduce damage to their homes and prevent injuries during an earthquake. The earthquake education kiosk includes information about earthquake hazards in Illinois, safety tips and more than 80 how-to videos that demonstrate methods for securing bookshelves, wall-hangings, water heaters and other household items.

February 17, 2017
Governor Takes Bill Action
Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:

February 15, 2017
2017 Budget Address
As prepared for delivery

February 14, 2017
Rauner, Lawmakers Move to Protect Taxpayers from Inmate Legal Bills
Governor Bruce Rauner announced today his support for a bill that would help ease the burden of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and taxpayers by taking into account an inmate’s ability to pay for a private attorney.

February 14, 2017
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Announced new pilot program titled Tiny Boots
(Chicago, IL)…. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) launched the Tiny Boots Child Care Program today at the Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.

February 11, 2017
Governor Rauner Kicks Off 2017 Chicago Auto Show
Governor Bruce Rauner joined Chairman of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association John Hennessy, Chairman of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show Mike McGrath Jr. and other dignitaries to cut the ribbon to kick off the 2017 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place. The Chicago Auto Show is the longest running show in the country with its 109th edition.

February 11, 2017
Governor Rauner Attends Illinois National Guard Deployment Ceremony
Governor Bruce Rauner today attended a deployment ceremony for the 633rd Theater Gateway Personnel Accountability Team

February 10, 2017
Governor Announces New Efforts to Expand Diversity Programs at Tollway
Illinois Tollway is offering new initiatives to increase participation by diverse businesses and workers

February 10, 2017
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, February 11, 2017 until Sunset, Monday, February 13, 2017.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Bruce Rauner's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, February 11, 2017 until Sunset, Monday, February 13, 2017.

February 9, 2017
Governor and Department of Commerce Announce Inaugural Cohort of ADME
Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship program announces first group of participants
PEORIA – Governor Bruce Rauner today launched the inaugural cohort for the Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) program in Peoria. The program, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce, is a community investment program developed to strengthen Illinois’ start-up and small business ecosystem by tapping into the potential of minority business owners and entrepreneurs. The first year of the program will focus on minority communities in Peoria, Rockford and Chicago with the goal of expanding statewide.

February 8, 2017
IDOT Seeks Additional Input for Long Range Transportation Plan
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for additional input from the public in developing its Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan will identify policies to provide Illinois residents and businesses with innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support local goals and grow the economy.

February 8, 2017
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Moves Chicago Office
Veterans’ services will still be offered in person at 80 VSO locations across the state during transition
Chicago, IL…. Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Chicago office will be moving down the street to the George W. Dunne Cook County Office Building effective February 14th, 2017. Our office will close for business on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 and reopen for business on Tuesday February 14th, 2017.

February 8, 2017
Updated Illinois Sport Fish Consumption Advisory
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.

February 8, 2017
Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices
Journal is a blueprint for local governments to provide the people of Illinois more efficient, effective government services and save taxpayer dollars

February 7, 2017
State Investigation Leads to $4.25 Million Settlement in Mining Discrimination Lawsuit
Illinois Department of Human Rights assists U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in investigation of sex discrimination in coal mining
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Janice Glenn today congratulated the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the resolution of two lawsuits against various Illinois affiliated coal mining companies that alleged discriminatory hiring practices towards women in underground mines and related positions, which followed a collaborative investigation between both agencies.

February 7, 2017
Governor Highlights Lead Higher Initiative
Lead Higher helps enroll low-income and minority students in AP/IB classes

February 7, 2017
Open Letter to CPS Parents from Illinois Secretary of Education
CHICAGO - Please see the attached letter from Secretary of Education Beth Purvis to parents of Chicago Public Schools in response to the budget cuts the district announced yesterday.

February 7, 2017
Governor Visits Herrin Junior High School
HERRIN – Governor Bruce Rauner today visited Herrin Junior High School and discussed the important work of the Governor’s School Funding Commission.

February 6, 2017
IDOC to Open Kewanee Life Skills Reentry Center
The Illinois Department of Corrections today announced the launch of its first Life Skills Reentry Center in Kewanee, where offenders who are nearing the end of their sentences will learn skills that are critical to their success in the community.

February 3, 2017
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 until Sunset, Friday, February 10, 2017.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Bruce Rauner's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 until Sunset, Friday, February 10, 2017.

February 2, 2017
State of Illinois, U of I System Launch ‘Smart State’ Partnership
Technology initiative will help state better serve citizens, promote business growth
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The State of Illinois and University of Illinois System announced a new partnership today which advances Illinois as the nation’s premier ‘Smart State’, integrating next-generation technology to improve quality of life, grow the state’s economy and retain and attract residents.

February 2, 2017
IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Earthquakes
Preparedness actions can prevent injuries, reduce property damage
SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of the earthquake risk in southern Illinois from the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will promote earthquake preparedness throughout February.

February 1, 2017
Governor Announces IDVA receives $4.173 M Federal Funding
State to receive federal funds to help reimburse cost of new water plant at Quincy Veterans Home

February 1, 2017
Call the Right Play for the Super Bowl
Don’t drive if you will be drinking alcohol
SPRINGFIELD – Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most watched national sporting event this Sunday. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds you there is only one right play – pass your keys to a sober driver if you plan on drinking alcohol as part of your Super Bowl celebration.

February 1, 2017
IDPH Faith-Based Million Hearts® Initiative
February is American Heart Month
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching its new Faith-Based Million Hearts® Initiative during American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one cause of death. However, it can be prevented in some cases by making healthy choices and managing heart conditions.

February 1, 2017
Illinois Department of Insurance Levies $560,000 Civil Forfeiture Against California-Based Zenefits
Illinois becomes the 17th state to reach settlement with company for alleged insurance code violations
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) announced a Stipulation & Consent Order with YourPeople, Inc., (dba Zenefits FTW Insurance Services) whereby the California-based human resources software and insurance brokerage company will pay a civil forfeiture of up to $560,000 for the alleged insurance law violations.

February 1, 2017
Governor Rauner’s Illinois School Funding Reform Commission Reaches Bipartisan Framework for School Funding Formula
Governor Bruce Rauner's Illinois School Funding Reform Commission today approved a framework that allows members of the General Assembly to create a new school funding formula.

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