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ANNOUNCEMENT

State Rep. Ford Calls for Restructuring of Illinois Tax Code

 

Press Release…      FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE  LA SHAWN K. FORD  For Immediate Release: January 12, 2015  

 

. Ford Calls for Restructuring of Illinois Tax Code

 

 CHICAGO- State Rep. La Shawn K Ford, D-Chicago, calls for the restructuring of the Tax Code of Illinois. This comes after newly inaugurated Governor Bruce Rauner stated that fixing the state’s financial problems would require sacrifice.

 

“We have to be mindful that Democrats and Republicans have worked together to cut wasteful spending in Springfield,” said Ford. “We still have work to do to improve Illinois’ financial health. This will mean that Democrats and Republicans must share the political sacrifices necessary to reduce wasteful spending and restructure Illinois’ tax code for more revenue.”

 

In his inaugural speech today, Governor Rauner spoke about the need for sacrifice by everyone.  “Sacrifice by all of us – politicians and interest groups, business and labor, those who pay for government and those who depend on government’s services and need us and who we need to support,” said Governor Rauner.  “Each person here today and all those throughout the state will be called upon to share in the sacrifice so that one day we can again share in Illinois’ prosperity.”

 

Ford acknowledges that people in the Eighth District are willing to help share the sacrifice, but Ford stresses that people in higher tax brackets should have to share the sacrifice in a fair manner.

 

“Every day working families do not have the luxury to continue their struggle in our great state. We must find a way to make Illinois a fair tax state,” said Ford.

 

For more information, contact one of Ford’s constituent service offices: 816 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park at 708-445-3673, 4800 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago at 773-378-5902 or in the Stratton Office Building in Springfield at 217-782-5962, or visit www.lashawnford.com.

 

 

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Notice of Public Meeting on May 7, 2015 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Education Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on April 30, 2015 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board (FAB) of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on April 2, 2015 – 12:00 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Finance Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 12:00 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on March 26, 2015 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Criminal Justice of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on March 19, 2015 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board (FAB) of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368
Notice of Public Meeting on February 20, 2015 – 1:00 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Finance Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, February 20, 2015, 1:00 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on February 19, 2015 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board (FAB) of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on February 19, 2015 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Community Economic Development of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on February 5, 2015 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Education Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on February 5, 2015 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Health and Welfare Committee of the  Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on November 20, 2014 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board (FAB) of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on November 20, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Community Economic Development of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368
Notice of Public Meeting on November 13, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Finance Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.Agenda CANCELLEDThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on November 6, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Health and Welfare Committee of the  Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on November 6, 2014 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Education Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on October 16, 2014 – 4:00 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board (FAB) of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on September 25, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Criminal Justice of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on September 18, 2014 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board (FAB) of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on September 11, 2014 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Education Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.Agenda CANCELLEDThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on September 11, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Finance Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.Agenda CANCELLEDThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on September 4, 2014 – 10:30 A.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Health & Welfare Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:30 am at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.Agenda CANCELLEDThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on August 23, 2014 – 9:30 A.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Commissioner’s Retreat of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL. AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

Change is slow for those in extreme poverty

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CHAMPAIGN — Could you live on $5,800 a year?

Hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois squeeze by on that much or less, and a member of a statewide organization chipping away at extreme poverty said changes for the better are taking time.

“I wish I could say we’ve made a dramatic difference, but it’s been very slow,” said Jim Hires, executive director of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and a member of the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty.

Extreme poverty, the focus of this group formed in 2008, is considered to be an income below half of the federal poverty line. The federal poverty limit this year is $11,670 for a single person and $23,850 for a family of four.

A family of four living in extreme poverty would be living on just under $12,000 a year or less.

At the commission’s last count in 2012, based on U.S. Census data, there were more than 760,000 people in Illinois living in extreme poverty.

The commission, which has advocated for such changes as a boost in minimum wage, met in Champaign Thursday to take a look at how its efforts in the year ahead can have the most impact.

Hires said East Central Illinois needs jobs.

Demand on the foodbank has grown as the area has continued to deal with under-employment and too many people have been unable to recover lost income from the recession, he said.

“The jobs they can find don’t pay as well, and it takes two incomes,” Hires added. “It’s the working poor that we now deal with.”

Fellow commission member Al Riddley of Springfield told of being in East St. Louis Wednesday, and “on one corner I counted 41 men standing around,” he said.

Within extreme poverty is a lot of single parenting and doubling and tripling up among generations living in the same homes, and a culture that perpetuates that, he said.

The commission has made some strides, advocating for jobs and the state’s Medicaid expansion, and has succeeded in shining more attention on the issues, Riddley said. But poverty solutions are also competing for attention with many other state budget issues.

He’d like to see a specific strategy adopted by the Legislature as a whole.

Meanwhile, he compares progress on poverty issues to “dipping into the ocean with a teaspoon.”

Michael Holmes, executive director of the Illinois African-American Family Commission, said extreme poverty and homelessness is greatly impacting the state’s black communities.

A September 2013 report by the poverty commission showed extreme poverty disproportionately affects minorities, women, children and people with disabilities. Holmes said solutions for poverty can be integrated with other state budget issues if the right mechanics are put into place. For example, he said, one youth program could save money down the road on mental health and drug treatment services.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-08-01/change-slow-those-extreme-poverty.html

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT
Medicare’s Limited Income NET Program
Update for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) Summer 2014
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ANNOUNCEMENT
Changes to law could mean more jobs for
minorities in Chicago film industry Click here for more info!

 


For Immediate Release – Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Contact
Press Line: (312) 814-3158
Katie Hickey Katie.Hickey@illinois.gov
Dave Blanchette Dave.Blanchette@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Signs Law to Strengthen African American Family Commission Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act by Signing New Law at Chicago’s Oldest African American ChurchCHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to strengthen the Illinois African American Family Commission. The Governor signed the legislation at the Quinn Chapel AME Church, the oldest African American congregation in Chicago. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all Illinois residents.            “The Civil Rights Act was signed 50 years ago and proved that working hard for what you believe in can change the world,” Governor Quinn said. “History shows that in the fight against injustice, justice will always prevail. This new law is the latest of many steps in the long journey toward true equality in Illinois.”      

            Senate Bill 121, sponsored by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and State Representative Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago), expands the African American Family Commission’s role to include monitoring legislation and developing programs to address the needs of African Americans in Illinois. The new law also updates official statistics concerning education, employment, income and health and adds additional state agencies to the commission to assist with implementing the commission’s recommendations. The new law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

“Including African-Americans in the development and planning process of policies and programs will guarantee Illinois is better serving the needs of minorities,” Senator Hunter said.

“I am proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement and the strides that we have made toward social equality,” Representative Dunkin said. “The African American Family Commission is a critical tool in furthering our efforts to overcome inequalities in the black community such as access to employment opportunities, healthcare, quality education and a fair justice system. I am honored to stand here with my colleagues and the residents of Illinois to make positive change for the future of our state.”

Courageous acts such as nation-wide sit-ins, the March on Selma and the integrated Southern bus tour of the Freedom Riders in the 1960s helped lead to passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. President John F. Kennedy first proposed the legislation, and it was drafted by Attorney General Robert Kennedy. President Lyndon Johnson picked up the torch and a bipartisan push in the U.S. Senate, led by Illinois’ U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen, broke the filibuster that opponents were trying to use to stop the legislation.

Governor Quinn has long supported equal rights and opportunities for all. Between 2008 and 2013, Illinois increased state contracts awarded to minority and women-owned firms by more than 59 percent – an increase of more than $120 million. He fought for legislation creating a program that provides working capital loans for minorities and women and ensuring a fair state contract bidding process for minority and women-owned businesses.

In addition, Governor Quinn led the charge for marriage equality and signed legislation making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality. He also created the Governor’s Office of New Americans to provide services, build partnerships and spearhead legislation to improve the integration of Illinois’ two million immigrants. The Governor has also more than doubled the number of Illinois Welcoming Centers, which provide a wide range of services to newcomers.

 

For more information on the law to strengthen African American Family Commission see the link below 

http://senatorhunter.com/index.php/news/social-justice/383-new-law-puts-african-americans-in-charge-of-minority-focused-programs

http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/07/15/new-law-illinois-moves-state-closer-promoting-racial-equality/

 

 

 


For Immediate Release – Monday, June 30, 2014

Contact
Press Line: (312) 814-3158
Katie Hickey Katie.Hickey@illinois.gov
Dave Blanchette Dave.Blanchette@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Takes Bill Action**Monday, June 30, 2014** CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:  Bill No.: HB 3793An Act Concerning: Appropriations

Makes appropriations to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2015.

Action: Line Item Vetoed

Effective: July 1, 2014, with the exception of Articles 32 and Section  99 of Article 99, which are

 effective    immediately.                     

 

A copy of the veto message is attached.

 

Bill No.: HB 5585

An Act Concerning: Finance

Makes transfers from various funds into the Audit Expense Fund.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 6093

An Act Making: Appropriations

Makes appropriations to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2015.

Action:  Signed

Effective: July 1, 2014

 

Bill No.: HB 6094

An Act Making: Appropriations

Makes appropriations to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2015.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2014

 

Bill No.: HB 6095

An Act Making: Appropriations

Makes appropriations to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2015.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2014

 

Bill No.: HB 6096

An Act Making: Appropriations

Makes appropriations to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2015.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2014

 

Bill No.: HB 6097

An Act Making: Appropriations

Makes appropriations to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2015.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2014

 

Bill No.: SB 274

An Act Concerning: Finance

Makes changes necessary to implement the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT
TCR Talks: Revin Fellows wants more young peopleto hit the books, not the streets http://www.chicagoreporter.com/tcr-talks-revin-fellows-wants-more-young-people-hit-books-not-streets#.U9lgs_ldXjU

 

ANNOUNCEMENT
NABSW Call for Workshop Proposals”Treasuring Our Ancestral Wisdom: Bridging Generations and Building Legacies”
47th Annual Conference- Chicago, Illinois
March 31-April 3, 2015Human service professionals and academicians are invited to submit workshop proposals addressing topics relevant to working with families and communities of African ancestry in one of the focus areas listed below.  We are particularly interested in proposals that are African-Centered, represent best practices and focus on solutions.  Proposals should address the targeted issues from the perspectives of practice, policy, research and/or education. Click here for a flyer containing more info!

 

Notice of Public Meeting on June 26, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Criminal Justice of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.Agenda – CANCELLEDThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on June 19, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Community Economic Development of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, June 19, 2014, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on June 19, 2014 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the CEDG Funding Advisory Board of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, June 19, 2014, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

Notice of Public Meeting on June 12, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Finance Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
312-326-0368

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on June 5, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the H.E.W of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThis notice is being provided in accordance with Section 2.02 for the Open Meetings Act.
“This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance.”  Disabled persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact either by telephone or by letter:
Michael Holmes, Director
Illinois African American Family Commission
2925 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
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Agenda Minutes
May 22, 2014 – Criminal Justice-CANCELLED May 15, 2014 – CED-12:30P.M May 15, 2014 – CEDG FAB-1:30P.M May 8, 2014 – Finance-12:30P.MApril 17, 2014 – CEDG FAB 1:30P.M

April 2, 2014 – Finance-12:00P.M

March 20, 2014 – CED 3:00P.M

March 20, 2014 – CEDG FAB 4:00P.M

March 18, 2014 – Finance 10:30A.M

February 20, 2014 – CED 12:30P.M

February 20, 2014 – CEDG FAB 1:30P.M

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT
The 2014 Cook County & City of Chicago Vendor Fair will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014from 8:30am – 1:00pm at UIC Forum located at 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL.This event allows the Vendor Community to learn about bid opportunities with Cook Countyand our Sister Agencies as well City of Chicago and their Sister Agencies and Assist Agencies.This is a FREE event!  Please use the following link to register to attend.

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Please visit our website at: http://legacy.cookcountygov.com/purchasing/public/index.php

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Governor’s Monthly Newsletter – June 2014
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For Immediate Release – Tuesday, April 12, 2014

Governor Quinn Announces $52.7 Million for Local Transportation Improvement Projects

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For Immediate Release – Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Katie Hickey Katie.Hickey@illinois.gov
Dave Blanchette Dave.Blanchette@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Announces Major Home Loan Program for First-Time Buyers in Illinois “Welcome Home Illinois” Loan Program Offers $7,500 in Down-Payment Assistance with Below-Market Interest Rate to Make Homeownership a RealitySPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced his new Welcome Home Illinois loan program to help make homeownership a reality for Illinois’ first-time home buyers. The program provides $7,500 in down-payment assistance with an interest rate as low as 3.99 percent for a secure, 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois.“Welcome Home Illinois will provide more opportunities for everyday people across Illinois to have their chance at homeownership,” Governor Quinn said. “Homeownership and home-buying are essential to our economy. That’s why we are rolling out the welcome mat for families and hardworking men and women by giving them the resources they need to pack up and move into a new home.”Governor Quinn will brief realtors on the innovative program—which is administered through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)—this morning at a meeting with the Illinois Association of Realtors leadership in Springfield.The Welcome Home Illinois program provides individuals and families across the state with a unique opportunity to purchase a home without a large down payment. Many first-time homebuyers have been pushed out of the home purchase marketplace since 2010 due to debt-to-income restrictions and larger down-payment requirements. Since 2008, the percentage of first-time homebuyers has decreased dramatically; according to the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR), first-time buyers made up only 21 percent of total home purchases in 2013, well below historic norms that are closer to 40 percent.“Governor Quinn understands there’s never been a better time to buy a home in Illinois, so he created Welcome Home Illinois to help more buyers take advantage of historically low-interest rates,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. “Now that Illinois’ economic recovery is gaining momentum, housing prices are trending up and buying a home will enable families and individuals to build wealth for their future.”

The program makes it possible for the majority of first-time buyers or anyone who hasn’t owned a home in the last three years in Illinois to meet the qualifications for down payment assistance. Welcome Home Illinois is tailored for the majority of first-time homebuyers—with borrower income limits up to 140 percent of the area median income (AMI), or $106,120 for a family of three or more in Cook County and $82,915 for a family of three or more in Springfield. The home buyer must also have a credit score of at least 640.

The program offers a forgivable loan of $7,500 that is secured by a second mortgage to help with down payment or closing costs. The borrowers must contribute the greater of one percent of the overall purchase price or $1,000 toward the down payment.

First-time homebuyers are the foundation of the housing market and major contributors to the economy because they often buy older homes, invest in renovations, buy furniture and other housing-related items and bring the benefit of stable, well-maintained homes to their neighborhoods. The first-time buyer starts a chain reaction—with the person selling their home then purchasing another to create a cycle that keeps the economy growing.

Welcome Home Illinois is open to qualified Illinois first-time homebuyers on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is funded through Illinois Jobs Now! and the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund. In addition to creating homeownership opportunities, the Welcome Home Illinois loan will stimulate statewide economic activity and will generate an estimated:

·         1,500 full-time jobs.

·         $50 million from real estate-related industries.

·         More than $40 million in economic activity for the state.

·         Additional $16 million in other statewide spending.

Welcome Home Illinois furthers Governor Quinn’s commitment to create new homeownership opportunities through IHDA, which helped nearly 3,000 hardworking families buy a home in 2013 through one of IHDA’s programs. These efforts generated 1,500 jobs and infused $70 million into Illinois’ economy. Projections show that even just a 15 percent increase in 2014 could generate an additional 1,725 jobs and infuse another $10 million into Illinois’ economy.

The Welcome Home Illinois loan builds on IHDA’s existing affordable home loan program, SmartMove, also available through IHDA’s lenders. Income thresholds and purchase price limits apply. Administered by IHDA, the loan applies to 1-2 unit residential properties that are located in the State of Illinois and are purchased as a primary residence.

Interested homebuyers can find additional details about the program and a list of lenders at welcomehomeillinois.gov.

 

 


For Immediate Release – Friday, March 21, 2014

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Katie Hickey Katie.Hickey@illinois.gov
Dave Blanchette Dave.Blanchette@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Announces $1.4 Billion Illinois Tollway 2014 Capital Construction Program Largest Year of Construction Investment in Agency History Will Rebuild 160 Lane Miles, Repair 70 Bridges and Improve 20 InterchangesSCHAUMBURG – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the Illinois Tollway will invest $1.4 billion in transportation improvements in 2014 – the largest one-year infrastructure investment in the agency’s history. The investments will rebuild 160 lane miles of roads, repair 70 bridges and build or improve 20 interchanges while supporting up to 15,000 jobs. 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.“This record transportation investment across the Illinois Tollway will reduce congestion and improve the quality of life for people throughout the region while supporting our businesses,” Governor Quinn said. “This unparalleled investment in our roads will create jobs for thousands of hard-working men and women today and build a foundation for even more businesses and jobs for generations to come.”Today’s announcement includes funding for the third year of the agency’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. In 2014, the $1.1 billion in Move Illinois projects include the completion of the first phase of the new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and I-57; the continued rebuilding and widening of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; moving forward with construction of a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access; and funding planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Project. In addition to these new improvements, the 2014 capital program includes $300 million in funding to address the needs of the existing Tollway system.“2014 will be our biggest year ever. We know that drivers may experience work zones along many parts of our system this year and ask our customers for their continued patience,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said. “By the end of the year, our customers will have direct access from the Tri-State to I-57 and smooth, new pavement and another lane on the Jane Addams from Elgin to Rockford. They will also begin to see major work happening on the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project, the largest roadway construction project in the state.”“The hardworking men and women of the Illinois construction industry are eager and ready to get started on the Illinois Tollway’s 2014 construction projects,” said James P. Connolly, business manager of the Laborers’ District Council of Chicago & Vicinity. “We appreciate the opportunity to help build the transportation infrastructure that keeps the Illinois economy moving.”

“The Tollway’s $12 billion Move Illinois Program is an economic engine for Northern Illinois and the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project alone is expected to create more than 11,000 jobs,” James Sweeney, President of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 said. “The long-term benefits of these investments will continue to be realized for decades.”

The Tollway’s Move Illinois Program is the largest capital program in the agency’s history and the largest of any toll road agency in the nation. As of February, more than $2.1 billion in construction and engineering contracts have been approved by the Tollway Board since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012.

The 2014 capital program includes:

$729.2 million for the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) corridor.

·         Completing the rebuilding and widening of the 37-mile western segment of I-90 between Elgin and I-39 in Rockford.

·         Beginning advance work including noisewall and retaining wall construction on the eastern segment of I-90 between Elgin and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to prepare for roadway rebuilding and widening.

·         Rebuilding westbound I-90 between I-294 and the Kennedy Expressway.

·         Improving or building interchanges at Business U.S. Route 20/State Street in Rockford, Irene Road and Genoa Road near Belvidere, Illinois Route 25 in Elgin, Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates, Roselle Road and Meacham Road in Schaumburg and Lee Street in Rosemont.

·         Rebuilding 11 local crossroad bridges along I-90 to accommodate the widening of the roadway, including Pearl Street, Town Hall Road, Johnson Road, Shattuck Road, County Line Road, Harmony-Riley Road, Harmony Road, Hennig Road, Tyrrell Road, Bartlett Road and Higgins Road.

$282.8 million to construct the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project.

·         Building new interchanges at Rohlwing Road and I-290 on Illinois Route 390 (Elgin O’Hare Expressway) and at Elmhurst Road on I-90.

·         Continuing new noisewall and advance work between Roselle Road and Meacham Road/Medinah Road along Illinois Route 390.

·         Rehabilitating and widening of Illinois Route 390 from Illinois Route 19 to Meacham Road/Medinah Road, as well as reconstruction and widening work from Meacham Road/Medinah Road to Illinois Route 53.

$85.7 million to complete the first phase of the new Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

·         Building new ramps to carry traffic from southbound I-294 to southbound I-57 and from northbound I-57 to northbound I-294.

·         Building new ramps at 147th Street and I-294.

In addition, the Illinois Tollway is committed to additional investments that will keep the existing Tollway system in a state of good repair for years to come. Work in 2014 includes an additional $282.8 million for a variety of construction, design, inspection and other capital investments systemwide. Projects include:

·         Repairing pavement and bridges on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88).

·         Repairing Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294) ramps at 75th Street, Ogden Avenue, Roosevelt Road, I-290, Irving Park Road, Grand Avenue and at Illinois Route 120.

·         Repairing ramps and bridges on the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355).

·         Restoring parking lots at seven oases throughout the Illinois Tollway system.

Following the direction of Governor Quinn and the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors, the agency has stepped up efforts to expand opportunities for a larger and more diverse group of businesses to work on the Move Illinois Program including professional services, construction and goods and services. In fact, there are currently more than 500 businesses working on the Move Illinois Program, with more than one-third working with the Tollway for the first time.

Construction work is beginning this month at various locations on the Tollway system. Whenever possible, the Illinois Tollway works to keep as many lanes open in work zones as were available before construction by using shoulders, traffic shifts and crossover lanes. Lane closures may be required at times, to facilitate stage changes, accelerate work or for the safety of workers and drivers. The Tollway works to schedule these lane closures during non-peak travel times.

Work zone speed limits are in effect 24/7 in all construction zones, whether workers are present. Drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times. Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.

The Tollway is committed to “Building Green” and minimizing the environmental impact of construction by reducing, recycling and reusing materials. Recycled asphalt pavement aggregate, recycled concrete aggregate, along with supplemental cements such as fly ash and ground granulated slag from industrial waste are green materials that may be part of the concrete pavements. In addition, new asphalt used in projects will incorporate recycled materials including warm-mix asphalt, reclaimed asphalt pavement, ground tire rubber and recycled asphalt shingles. In addition to reducing the cost of this work, reuse of these materials reduces the need for virgin asphalt materials and reduces the volume of material that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

For more detailed information about Illinois Tollway construction projects, visit “Project By Roadway” in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website illinoistollway.com.

 

 

 


For Immediate Release – Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Katie Hickey Katie.Hickey@illinois.gov
Dave Blanchette Dave.Blanchette@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Announces Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Receive State’s Highest AwardClinton to Join Seven to Receive the Order of Lincoln on May 3 in ChicagoCHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join seven distinguished Illinoisans to receive The Order of Lincoln, the State’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.“Through her decades of service, Hillary Clinton has helped shape and improve the world more than almost any person in our nation’s history,” Governor Quinn said. “From working on women’s and children’s issues, to her time as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, she personifies the best that Illinois and the United States of America can offer. We are grateful to be able to present her with the state’s highest award and thank her for the service she continues to provide to this day to the people across the world.”Hillary Rodham Clinton, an Illinois native, was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. She served as First Lady of Arkansas for more than a dozen years championing causes for women, children and families. She served as First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, and advocated for health care reform and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and provide health care to millions of children. She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of our country, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women and girls around the world.In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate. She worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. After September 11, 2001, she secured resources to rebuild New York and provide health coverage for the needs of first responders who became sick during rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.In 2007 and 2008, Clinton made her historic campaign for President, winning 18 million votes, and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.

In her four years as Secretary of State, Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership.  Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century — with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world.  As America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton spearheaded progress on many of our greatest national security challenges, from reasserting the United States as a Pacific power to imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening to negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East.  She pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to security, stability, and prosperity.

Clinton is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.

Clinton will receive the award on Saturday evening, May 3, 2014, at the Field Museum in Chicago as part of the 50th Annual Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The Lincoln Academy is a non-partisan, independent organization which administers the award and chooses each year’s honorees.

For more information about the Order of Lincoln or to view information about this year’s recipients, please visit www.thelincolnacademyofillinois.org.

 

 

 

IDHS Homeless Youth RFA
The Homeless Youth Request for Application (RFA) has been posted to the IDHS web site.You should be able to access the RFA and associated information at this link: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=39157Please notice the fast approaching Bidders conference dates – NEXT WEEK.   Please review the RFA and plan to attend one of the sessions.   Although not required, it would be much appreciated if you could email tcody@icoyouth.org and let us know that you plan to attend a session.  Please include your name, agency and which location you plan to attend.   We would like to have refreshments available and this will aid us greatly in doing so.Ashley Hooks Williams
Acting Associate Director
Division of Family and Community Services
Illinois Department of Human Services
401 South Clinton | 4th Floor | Chicago, Illinois 60607
Ph 312-793-4565 | Fax 312-793-4666
Ashley.HooksWilliams@Illinois.gov

 


For Immediate Release – Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Press Line: (312) 814-3158
Katie Hickey Katie.Hickey@illinois.gov
Dave Blanchette Dave.Blanchette@illinois.govActor Martin Sheen Joins Governor Quinn’s Fight to Raise the Minimum WageCHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by actor Martin Sheen to continue his ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10. Last year the Governor proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s visit to Chicago’s historic St. Pius V Church is part of his agenda to build an economy that works for everyone.“Raising the minimum wage is a common-sense proposal that will benefit hundreds of thousands of workers across Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “This is about dignity and decency. Raising the minimum wage will lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and boost more local economic growth.”Martin Sheen, an award-winning actor and strong advocate for social justice, strongly supports increasing the minimum wage and today lent his support to the Governor’s fight for Illinois workers.“I’m proud to join Governor Quinn in helping to stand up for the thousands of hardworking people across Illinois who suffer from poverty,” Martin Sheen said. “Raising the minimum wage is about social justice—it’s about giving everyone a fair opportunity to live and grow.”Last month, Governor Quinn met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior administration officials at the White House in Washington, D.C. to discuss raising the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and President Obama is pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.The Illinois minimum wage ($8.25) – is less than half of the average U.S. hourly wage. A full-time minimum wage worker in Illinois makes approximately $17,000 annually, which is well below the Federal Poverty Threshold of $19,790 for a family of three. Six in 10 minimum wage employees are female, including many single parents.

“As a low-wage nursing home worker, it is time that we honor, reward and respect the hard and often grueling work that low-income people do every single day by raising the minimum wage,” Susana Fragoso, who works at the Grove Of Evanston Rehabilitation Center, said. “Right now, our economy works for the wealthy and big corporations, but it’s not working for working families. That’s why it is critical that we raise the minimum wage to strengthen our families and our communities.”

The Governor supports raising Illinois’ minimum wage over the next two years. By increasing the Illinois minimum wage to $10, a half-million Illinois consumers will make an extra $4,800 a year and much of that extra income will typically be spent at local businesses on food, clothing and furniture, providing a strong boost to the local economy.

Studies conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago show that an increase of $1 in the minimum wage generates approximately $3,000 in household spending per year, greatly improving purchasing power and strengthening our economy. Nearly two-thirds of small business owners support raising the federal minimum wage because they believe it will help the economy and in turn enable them to hire more workers, according to a recent survey conducted by the Small Business Majority.

Leaders from large companies such as Costco, Starbucks, The Gap, Inc. and Stride Rite also have supported increasing the minimum wage as a way to reduce employee turnover and improve workers’ productivity. The Gap Inc. recently acted to raise its own minimum wage to $10 for all U.S. employees. The move is expected to impact 65,000 American workers and more than 4,000 employees in Illinois.

 

 


For Immediate Release – Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Katie Hickey Katie.Hickey@illinois.gov
Dave Blanchette Dave.Blanchette@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Announces More Affordable Opportunities for Buyers of Vacant Homes Assistance Available to 240 Qualified Low- to Moderate-Income Buyers of Vacant Homes in Targeted CommunitiesCHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an innovative state program to help provide affordable homeownership opportunities for people and communities in need. The Illinois Homebuyer Rehabilitation Assistance Program will allow hard-working families buying vacant homes to apply for grants up to $25,000 to help encourage the reuse of vacant single-family properties. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthen and stabilize Illinois communities by making homeownership more affordable.“All of our hard-working families deserve an opportunity for homeownership and this new program will help make that possible,” Governor Quinn said. “When we help more Illinois families afford homes, we also stabilize our communities and help drive economic growth across our state.”The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the state’s housing finance agency, allocated more than $6.6 million to 16 public and not-for-profit organizations to help 240 low- to moderate-income homebuyers. The program uses a holistic strategy to turn challenges into opportunities in targeted communities in suburban Chicago, Metro East, Rockford, Quad Cities, Peoria, Central Illinois and Southern Illinois.“Governor Quinn is dedicated to homeownership strategies that prevent foreclosures, rehabilitate vacant properties and increase affordable opportunities for homeownership,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. “Homeownership continues to be one of the most effective ways Illinois families can build wealth for their future and communities benefit from the economic impact.”Returning properties to productive use helps communities by generating economic activity, including jobs and local revenue from property taxes and real estate taxes. Communities also benefit from increased consumer spending by contractors, as well as residents furnishing their new homes. For example, the sale of 500 homes supports 250 full-time jobs and generates almost $20 million in economic activity.

The program is not limited to first-time homebuyers. Qualifying low- to moderate-income homebuyers of vacant single-family homes must apply through the 16 organizations for acquisition costs, and up to $20,000 for rehabilitation for home modification repairs and improvements. Homebuyers who are at or below 50 percent of area median income (AMI) will qualify for up to $5,000, and buyers between 51 percent and 80 percent AMI will qualify for up to $3,000 for acquisition. Please see www.ihda.org for a list of income limits.

The new assistance can be paired with IHDA’s loan products, which feature secure 30-year fixed-rate loans and up to $10,000 in down payment assistance. Buyers must qualify based on income and purchase price limits, and can apply for the loan package through an IHDA-approved lender at www.ihda.org.

The program is funded through the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which is generated from half of the state real estate transfer fee.

Governor Quinn has been a leader on affordable housing in Illinois and made a historic commitment of $130 million in state capital funds to create more affordable housing opportunities. The Governor has also worked to spur affordable housing homeownership and multifamily rental development by launching four new safe and affordable mortgage programs and by working to increase the rental options available to working families, seniors and persons with disabilities. Since 2009, 6,500 working families have been able to purchase a home affordably and 19,700 affordable rental units were created or preserved, generating 16,600 jobs and infusing $780 million into Illinois’ economy.

About the Illinois Housing Development Authority

IHDA (www.ihda.org) is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and the preservation of affordable housing across Illinois. Since its creation in 1967, IHDA has allocated $12.4 billion and financed approximately 240,000 affordable units across the state.

 

 

 


For Immediate Release – Friday, February 21, 2014

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Press Line: (312) 814-3158
Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.gov
Dave Blanchette Dave.Blanchette@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Meets with President Obama About Raising the Minimum Wage Measure Would Help Alleviate Poverty and Drive Economic GrowthWASHINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior administration officials at the White House to discuss raising the federal and Illinois minimum wage rates. Governor Quinn’s ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage is in line with President Obama’s push to raise the federal minimum wage. The Governor first proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s meeting with the President is part of his agenda to alleviate poverty, drive economic growth and ensure that all Illinois workers are treated fairly.“Hundreds of thousands of people across Illinois are working full time but are still trapped in poverty,” Governor Quinn said. “Numerous studies have shown this common-sense proposal is good for workers and the economy. Raising the minimum wage is the right and decent thing to do and I thank President Obama for his leadership and commitment to getting this job done.”“Governor Quinn is doing extraordinary work in Illinois to lift their minimum wage and give more hard-working Americans a raise,” President Obama said.Today’s meeting builds on growing momentum to raise the minimum wage across the country. Just this week, The Gap Inc. acted to raise its own minimum wage to $10 for all U.S. employees. The move is expected to impact 65,000 American workers and 4,369 employees in Illinois.The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. President Obama is pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. The Governor is working to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from its current $8.25 per hour to at least $10 per hour.

A full-time minimum wage worker in Illinois makes around $16,600 annually, which is well below the Federal Poverty Threshold of $19,790 for a family of three. Six in 10 minimum wage employees are female, including many single parents. The Governor supports raising the minimum wage over the next two years.

The $8.25 per hour Illinois minimum wage, which hasn’t been increased since 2010, is less than half of the average U.S. hourly wage. By increasing the Illinois minimum wage to $10, a half-million Illinois consumers will make an extra $4,800 a year and much of that extra income will typically be spent at local businesses on food, clothing and furniture, providing a strong boost to the local economy.

Studies conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago show that an increase of $1 in the minimum wage generates approximately $2,800 in consumer spending per year, greatly improving purchasing power and strengthening the economy. A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of small business owners support raising the federal minimum wage because they believe it will help the economy and, in turn, enable them to hire more workers, according to a poll conducted by the Small Business Majority. Leaders from large companies such as Costco, Starbucks and Stride Rite also have supported increasing the minimum wage as a way to reduce employee turnover and improve workers’ productivity.

 

 


For Immediate Release – Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Proposes Groundbreaking Five-Year Plan to Transform State’s Healthcare SystemCHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the draft of five-year plan for one of the most innovative and far-reaching healthcare transformation programs in the country. The “The Path to Transformation” proposal would allow the state to obtain $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to modernize healthcare infrastructure and services and lower long-term costs. The plan, which requires federal approval, is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality, affordable healthcare.
“Illinois has made tremendous progress in recent years reforming and improving our healthcare system to control costs and deliver better quality care,” Governor Quinn said. “This plan will help take our healthcare system to the next level – improving the health of people and communities across Illinois while significantly lowering our long-term costs.”
The proposal – known as a federal 1115 Waiver demonstration project – is one of the key recommendations of the state’s Alliance for Health, a state-led group of health policy leaders, providers, insurers and other stakeholders that was convened by the Governor’s Office last year. Through the project, the state is requesting federal matching funds for approximately $1 billion annually for five years for services that are currently funded solely through state resources. By investing these matching funds in improving the delivery system, especially for people with special needs, the plan will lower costs over the long run for both the state and federal governments.
The plan will also support Governor Quinn’s recently announced Birth to Five Initiative by providing support for parents through a home visit program keyed to the early months of a child’s life.
The state has posted a draft of the plan, which was crafted through a process that included extensive consultations with healthcare advocates and leaders of the healthcare delivery system. Public hearings on the draft are scheduled for Feb. 14 and Feb. 20 (see below for details on the hearings). The state plans to formally submit the proposal on March 12.
The proposal would build on and accelerate Governor Quinn’s Rebalancing Initiative, under which the state is making it possible for people with disabilities and mental health challenges to receive the care they need in their own homes and communities instead of institutions. Federal approval of the waiver will allow the state to consolidate nine separate existing programs that serve populations with special needs and are run by various state agencies. The Path to Transformation will give the state the flexibility to manage the programs more efficiently so that they achieve the triple aim of reducing costs, improving healthcare outcomes and giving people more and better options for care in their own communities.
The plan is organized around four pathways to health: transformation and modernization of the delivery system to create patient-centered health homes; improving the overall health of the population through a focus on prevention, primary care and wellness; building a 21st Century healthcare workforce; and rebuilding and expanding the state’s home and community-based infrastructure, especially for those with complex health and behavioral health needs.
The Path to Transformation Plan has won praise from healthcare advocates and providers who have been closely consulted during its formulation.
“The Illinois Hospital Association appreciates Governor Quinn’s leadership on the 1115 Medicaid Waiver, and we support the general direction of the waiver to bring in critically needed federal funding to transform the Medicaid program to ensure effective, coordinated care for the most vulnerable citizens of Illinois,” IHA President & CEO Maryjane Wurth said. “We look forward to working with the Governor and his Administration, as well as the General Assembly, as the state moves forward with submitting the waiver application to the federal government.”
“This 1115 Waiver application gives Illinois the best opportunity it has ever had to address the root causes of ill health,” Health and Medicine Policy Research Group Executive Director Margie Schaps said. “This will empower Illinois to weave a system of care that prevents people from falling through the cracks, that supports people who wish to remain in their homes and communities rather than institutions, and it will also bend the rising curve of healthcare costs.”
The Path to Transformation plan is an opportunity for the state to garner federal funds to make badly needed investments in the community behavioral health and supportive housing infrastructure,” Mark Ishaug, the CEO of Thresholds, a major mental health provider and advocacy group, said. “We are confident the waiver will result in improved health outcomes and reduced Medicaid costs over the long run.”
“The inclusion of home visiting in the waiver plan will be a critical piece of Governor Quinn’s Birth to Five Initiative,” Voices for Illinois Children President Gaylord Gieseke said. “All the research shows that outreach to families at this crucial time in a child’s development has a significant positive impact on the child’s overall health as well as their social and emotional development.”
The waiver application is being led by the state’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation (OHIT) on behalf of several state agencies, including the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Department on Aging.
“We know that we can achieve better healthcare outcomes and lower costs when people live in healthy, safe communities with access to high quality healthcare delivery systems in which provider teams work with patients to achieve a state of physical, mental and emotional well-being,” the Governor’s Senior Health Policy Advisor Michael Gelder, who leads the OHIT, said. “On behalf of Governor Quinn, I would like thank the many stakeholders who have contributed their time and expertise to helping us draft this proposal.”
For more information about the waiver application, go to:http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform/Pages/1115Waiver.aspx.Details regarding the two public hearings are below:Friday, February 14
9 a.m. to 12 noon
Howlett Auditorium
Michael J. Howlett Building
501 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62756Thursday, February 20
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.Assembly Hall Auditorium
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

 


For Immediate Release – Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Governor Quinn Opens Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Over Mississippi River

Monumental Bridge Will Improve Safety and Reduce Traffic CongestionEAST ST. LOUIS – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and a number of local officials to open the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The monumental $695 million bridge provides a better and safer way for millions of motorists to cross the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“The team spirit and diverse participation that went into the planning and construction of this magnificent structure is a fitting tribute to Stan Musial and the veterans after whom it is named,” Governor Quinn said. “This is the first new bridge connecting downtown St. Louis and southwestern Illinois that has been built in more than four decades, and it will be a catalyst for business development and job creation for the future.”

“This is more than a bridge – it is a road to opportunity for the thousands of people in Illinois and Missouri who have long deserved a faster and safer way to get to work and home again,” Transportation Secretary Foxx said. “Last week, President Obama said that ‘first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure,’ and there is no bigger example than this first-class bridge of how transportation investments can help businesses and residents alike.”

“The new bridge will mean more jobs and more economic opportunity on both sides of the Mississippi,” Senator Durbin said. “I was proud to support federal funding for the bridge in Washington and proud to join Senator McCaskill in introducing legislation to name the bridge after both our brave veterans and one of my earliest childhood heroes, Stan ‘The Man’ Musial. I look forward to the economic boost this bridge will bring to both Illinois and Missouri.”

“One-hundred and forty years after the Eads Bridge first linked Missouri and Illinois, the I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is the latest span to bring commerce and travelers across the Mississippi River at this nexus of our country,” Governor Nixon said. “This is a milestone for trade and transportation that will help this region, and our two states, continue to grow.”

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is one mile north of the Martin Luther King Bridge. It has two traffic lanes in each direction with room to expand to three lanes, and carries Interstate 70 traffic between Illinois and Missouri, connecting I-70 at the I-55/I-64/I-70 interchange on the Illinois side to I-70 near Cass Avenue in Missouri. Construction began in the summer of 2009. The project, a joint effort by the Illinois and Missouri departments of transportation, has created or supported more than 9,000 jobs.

Illinois contributed $347 million toward the bridge construction, with Missouri contributing $41 million and the federal government contributing $307 million. Part of Illinois’ commitment came from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.

“We are excited to open the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to traffic,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “Thanks to the hard work of our diverse group of trade workers, contractors and consulting engineers who made this project happen, motorists on both sides of the river will have a safer, less congested and faster commute. We are proud of the partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation and we sincerely appreciate Governor Pat Quinn’s unwavering support for this important project as part of our vision to transform Transportation for Tomorrow.”

A diverse group of trade workers, contractors, and engineers have worked on the project since it began in 2009. The 24 percent minority workforce participation on the Illinois-funded part of the project is nearly 10 percent higher than the goal set by the Federal Highway Administration and sets a record for construction projects in the Metro East area.

The new bridge and its carefully planned alignment will provide economic benefits to the Metro East area of Illinois. For example, a new interchange was constructed at the relocated Illinois Route 3 that will open the National Stockyards area for redevelopment.

The work in Illinois required the largest archaeological dig in the country from 2009-12. More than 6,000 archaeological features were investigated, and in 2011 the Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award was presented to the Illinois Department of Transportation for their efforts relating to archaeology in the area. The discoveries made during the project greatly enhanced the knowledge of the civilization that flourished at nearby Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois’ only World Heritage Site. The new bridge will make it easier for motorists on the Missouri side of the river to visit Cahokia Mounds.

The existing Poplar Street Bridge carried combined traffic for Interstates 55, 64 and 70 and averages 120,000 vehicles daily. By 2030, the Poplar Street Bridge would have carried more than 150,000 vehicles daily if the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge had not been built. The new I-70 bridge and the Poplar Street Bridge, which will continue to carry I-55/64 traffic, will mean much less congestion and fewer accidents and will greatly enhance traffic flow between Illinois and Missouri.

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.


For Immediate Release – Friday, February 7, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Announces $68 Million Project to Build New Barrington Road Interchange on I-90Critical Project Will Reduce Congestion and Provide Full Access To and From Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Hoffman EstatesHOFFMAN ESTATES – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $68 million project to reduce congestion and increase access at the Barrington Road Interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). The project will reconfigure the busy interchange to provide full access to and from I-90, and accommodate a future Pace bus route along the Tollway. 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.“This major infrastructure project will drive economic development throughout the area,” Governor Quinn said. “The rebuilt interchange will create full access to nearby medical facilities, make it easier for customers to reach area businesses and create hundreds of construction jobs.”
The existing interchange provides I-90 access to and from the east – but not the west. Once complete, the reconstructed and reconfigured interchange will create full access to I-90 from Barrington Road, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow. The average daily traffic on Barrington Road is approximately 30,000 vehicles to the north of I-90 and 45,000 to the south.
The $68 million interchange project includes $40.8 million from the Illinois Tollway, which maintains I-90; $22.2 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which maintains Barrington Road; and $5 million from Hoffman Estates.“This project is another tremendous example of state and local governments working together to advance transportation projects with regional benefits,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said. “Not only will this project improve access for Tollway customers traveling to and from Hoffman Estates, it will also offer opportunities for new jobs and economic development along Barrington Road and beyond.”“Every day we work to tirelessly help people who need to get to places faster through more efficient travel,” IDOT Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “This interchange will do just that with better access to key areas and services.”The project will include construction of one of the first Park & Ride facilities along I-90, which will ease commutes by employees of St. Alexius and other major employers the Chicago metro area. The improved public transit will help employers draw a more diverse workforce from across the Chicago area. It will also include direct ramps from the Park & Ride facility to eastbound and westbound I-90, as well as a pedestrian walkway to allow commuters to cross I-90.
The contract for the initial phase of construction is expected to be considered by the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors later this month, with construction anticipated to begin in the spring. Bids for the main construction phase are scheduled to be opened in the fall. The entire project should be complete in 2016.

“On behalf of our Village, I would like to thank Governor Quinn for being responsive to the public health and safety needs of this region by opening up full access to St. Alexius Medical Center and the Women and Children’s Hospital via Interstate 90,” Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod said. “I would also like to thank State Representative Fred Crespo, the Illinois Tollway, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and Alexian Brothers Health System for their full support of this project. We are looking forward to both the improvement to important life safety issues as well as the positive economic impact to the region.”

“We’re excited to get to work on the Barrington Interchange for a number of reasons,” Laborers’ District Council of Chicago & Vicinity Business Manager Jim Connolly said. “Any time you can update and improve our region’s crumbling and overly congested infrastructure, while also putting hundreds of people to work, it’s a great thing. Our contractors and members are always ready to provide first-class construction to IDOT and the Illinois Tollway.”

“The full interchange at Barrington Road has been one of my top priorities and a project we’ve been working on for a long time,” State Representative Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) said. “It’s going to create economic development opportunities in the region and improve critical access to St. Alexius Hospital. I want to thank Governor Quinn, The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway for assisting us in making this happen.”

“We are extremely pleased that the Barrington Road Interchange will be available to our patients and the community,” Alexian Brothers Health System President and CEO Mark Frey said. “It will be a tremendous asset for patients trying to reach us for emergent services and we are grateful for the support of the Governor, IDOT, the Tollway and the Village of Hoffman Estates for their work to see this project to fruition.”

The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region. Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen I-90 as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Project and the Illiana Expressway.

The I-90/Barrington Road project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

 

 

 


For Immediate Release – Friday, February 7, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn to Host Mexico State Governor Eruviel ÁvilaOfficial Visit to Include Benito Juárez Tribute, World Premiere at Abraham Lincoln Presidential MuseumCHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he will host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila for an official state visit from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12. Governor Ávila’s trip is a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. Next week’s visit will include several events, including a ribbon-cutting at Illinois’ new “Casa del Estado de Mexico” (a trade office representing the state of Mexico), a free concert from the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, a wreath-laying at the Benito Juárez statue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the world premiere performance of “Of Mutual Interest: Lincoln and Mexico” at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The visit is part of the Governor’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.“When I led a delegation to Mexico City last year, Governor Ávila showed us why the state of Mexico is as strong an economic partner as it is a wonderful place to visit,” Governor Quinn said. “My trade mission to Mexico strengthened ties with our sister state – especially in agriculture, water technology, manufacturing and tourism – and our relationship continues to grow. We are honored that Governor Ávila has traveled to Illinois and will help us celebrate 150 years of friendship between Illinois and Mexico.”“I am eager to see my friend Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and continue the discussions we began last spring about increasing commerce and tourism between our two states,” Governor Ávila said. “And I am looking forward to learning about Matías Romero’s historic visit to Springfield in 1861.”Governor Ávila will be accompanied by Aarón Urbina Bedolla, Chairman of the state of Mexico’s Congress, and Baruch Delgado Carbajal, President of the state of Mexico’s Supreme Court. The delegation will include Dr. Jorge Olvera García, Rector of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, who will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the State of Illinois and University of Illinois to promote collaboration between the two states on veterinary medicine, animal genetics, bio-fuels, crop sciences and irrigation.As a gift to Governor Quinn and the people of Illinois, the Governor of the State of Mexico is bringing a 70-person symphony – the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México under conductor Enrique Bátiz. The symphony will play a free concert at Benito Juárez Community Academy at 6:30pm on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. The concert will be open to the public. Benito Juárez Community Academy High School is located at 1450-1510 W. Cermak Rd. Chicago, 60608.

On Feb. 11, the day before Abraham Lincoln’s 205th birthday, Governors Ávila and Quinn will travel to Springfield to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The highlight will be a special theatrical production of “Of Mutual Interest: Lincoln and Mexico,” a reenactment of the fateful meeting in 1861 when Matías Romero – Mexican President Juárez’s envoy – met President-elect Lincoln to seal a friendship between their two nations.

That evening, Governor Quinn will host a reception for Governor Ávila at the Illinois Executive Mansion.

Governor Ávila has been the Governor of the state of Mexico since 2011. He was twice elected Mayor of Ecatepec de Morelos and was a deputy of the state of Mexico’s Congress. He is an attorney who has authored a book about constitutional law in Mexico. The state of Mexico is Mexico’s most populous (16.2 million residents) and most industrialized state.
Governor Quinn has vowed to make Illinois the “most welcoming state” in the United States, and has often noted the friendship between Juárez and Lincoln. Last year, Governor Quinn declared March 21 as “Benito Juárez Day” across Illinois. Mexico is Illinois’ second-largest trading partner. With sales of $8.2 billion, Illinois is the third largest agricultural exporter in the United States, and the country of Mexico is one of Illinois’ most loyal agricultural trading partners. Since 2010, the country of Mexico has purchased $1.9 billion in agricultural products from Illinois, including $780 million in 2012 alone, making it the state’s third largest agricultural export market.

Governor Quinn was the first Illinois governor to visit Mexico in 13 years and only the fourth U.S. governor to visit Mexico since 2005. There are now 1.6 million people in Illinois of Mexican origin, about one in eight Illinois residents. Mexico and Illinois have had a sister state relationship since 1990.

 


For Immediate Release – Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Announces MATTER, a New Healthcare Technology Startup HubInnovative BioHub is Part of Governor’s State of the State Commitment to Create Jobs, Drive Illinois’ Economy Forward
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by J.B. Pritzker and key civic and business leaders to announce MATTER – a new startup center for next-generation healthcare technology companies. A priority in the Governor’s 2014 State of the State address, the not-for-profit BioHub will drive entrepreneurship in the rapidly expanding medical and biotechnology fields. Supported by a $4 million state investment, MATTER is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.“We are committed to taking our medical technology industry to the next level,” Governor Quinn said. “MATTER will serve as a central location to empower entrepreneurs and spur economic growth, while advancing Illinois’ role as a national leader in life sciences and health innovation.”As a not-for-profit organization, MATTER will be located in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Its collaborative workspace will allow interaction among entrepreneurs, academics and investors in order to create and grow new companies in healthcare information technology, medical devices, medical diagnostics and biopharmaceuticals. 1871, the digital startup hub what will be MATTER’s neighbor in the Merchandise Mart, has followed that same recipe for success, resulting in more than 200 start-ups and creating more than 1,000 jobs since its launch in 2012.“1871 changed the game for digital startups and has become an international model for encouraging entrepreneurial growth,” World Business Chicago President and CEO Jeff Malehorn, who represented Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the announcement, said. “Just as the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago and World Business Chicago together helped launch 1871, we’re collaborating to do the same thing for the medical technology sector, which has enormous growth potential to continue to fuel our economy.”The state’s funding package, administered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), consists of a $2.5 million state investment and a loan of $1.5 million that will provide seed funding support for the project. Business leaders including Jeff Aronin and Tim Walbert, who are co-chairs of the MATTER governing board, are raising additional funds from corporate sources.“Over the past year, hundreds of entrepreneurs, university and industry leaders have volunteered their time to help us build the plan for MATTER,” said Paragon Pharmaceuticals Chairman and CEO Jeff Aronin, who is also chair of WBC’s ChicagoNEXT Bioscience Committee, which has been a key partner with the state in creating MATTER. On behalf of the entire community, we are grateful for the support of Governor Quinn and DCEO, and for the continuing commitment to this effort of Mayor Emanuel and World Business Chicago.”

“MATTER will enable a community of life-science entrepreneurs to come together and realize their dream of starting a company,” Horizon Pharma Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Tim Walbert, who is also a member of the Illinois Innovation Council, said. “MATTER will also be an economic boon to our city and state, leveraging the innovation from our world-leading teaching hospitals and Horizon is proud to support it.”

Together the Quinn Administration and the Illinois Innovation Council, which was created by the Governor in 2011, have led significant progress in fostering the growth of the state’s technology sector. The Governor previously invested $2.3 million to help launch 1871, now one of the nation’s leading centers for early-stage digital technology companies. The state also invested $1.7 million to build the HTI, a new healthcare R&D facility located in the Illinois Medical District.

Illinois has the third-largest healthcare community in the U.S., and Chicago boasts the nation’s largest concentration of doctors. The state is home to leading national healthcare organizations, global biopharmaceutical, medical device, health IT, distribution and health insurance companies, leading research institutions and teaching hospitals, and a dynamic startup community. The life science industry in Illinois has a $98 billion economic footprint. For entrepreneurs building med-tech businesses, the Chicago area has one of the world’s highest concentrations of potential resources, but until now the community has not had a central focal point.

“When I moved to Chicago from Silicon Valley, I struggled to find and plug into the large and diverse med-tech community here,” said Andrew Cittadine, founder and CEO of Diagnostic Photonics. “MATTER will allow me and other entrepreneurs easy access to the people and resources we need to build our companies.”

For more information on MATTER, visit www.matterchicago.com

 

 


For Immediate Release – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Takes Bill ActionSPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:Bill No.: SB 1227
An Act Concerning: Revenue
Establishes the date of the Governor’s Budget address as March 26, 2014.
Action: Signed
Effective: Immediately

 


For Immediate Release – Sunday, February 2, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govNew Study Ranks Illinois 3rd Best in Business Growth

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an independent study has identified Illinois as having one of the most thriving private sectors in the nation. The report provides further evidence that the state is recovering steadily from the worst economic hardship since the Great Depression.
“We know that more jobs are needed and we are working to get them, but this report shows that our economy is getting stronger every day,” Governor Quinn said. “We wouldn’t see this business growth without our skilled work force, our great advantages in location and our culture of innovation.”The study by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. found that Illinois ranks 3rd among the 50 states in growth of business establishments. According to the study, total establishments in Illinois rose by 18,000, or 5 percent, to 383,103, from 2009 to 2012.
The study found that for the three-year period through 2012, Illinois accounted for 14 percent of all net new business establishments in the country.A copy of the report can be found at economicmodeling.com.In his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Quinn laid out a five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth in Illinois. The Governor’s blueprint calls for three key things: creating more jobs, making early childhood education a top priority and building an economy that works for everyone.
Since recovery from the recession began in January 2010, Illinois has added 280,000 private sector jobs. Unemployment was at 11.3 percent at the height of the Great Recession and today it is at its lowest point in almost five years. Since last May, Illinois has led the Midwest in new jobs created. According to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, in the next six months Illinois is projected to have the best economic growth of the five largest states in America.

 


For Immediate Release – Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Announces Assistance Workshops for Financial Aid Awareness Month

Reminds Students and Families to File Now for College Student Aid
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a series of free workshops statewide for parents and students in connection with Financial Aid Awareness Month during February. The workshops, conducted by experts from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), will help families navigate the college financial aid process and apply for assistance. In his 2014 State of the State Address, Governor Quinn called for increasing the amount of financial aid available to Illinois college students. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to prepare every child for success in college, career and beyond.”Deserving students should be able to afford a college education,” Governor Quinn said. “Over the next five years I have proposed that we double the number of MAP scholarships for students in need in Illinois. This, combined with Financial Aid Awareness workshops like those being held across Illinois, will help well over a hundred thousand students go to college so they are equipped to excel in the 21st century workplace. I encourage students across the state to file for aid now so they have every available resource to help get a degree.”The financial aid assistance workshops are being conducted by specially trained members of the ISACorps, which is funded in part by the College Access Challenge Grant Program from the U.S. Department of Education. The Corps’ main mission is to expand ISAC’s college outreach programs and services to help students with career exploration, college selection, test preparation, scholarship searches, application completion and the financial aid process. The Corps comprises recent college graduates who serve as near-peer mentors to high school students. Each of the members is assigned to a community college district in Illinois, ensuring that families and students throughout the state have access to personal assistance from college access experts
“Illinois students who filed the FAFSA in 2013 are receiving more than $1.4 billion in state and federal aid this school year,” ISAC Executive Director Eric Zarnikow said. “Even with so many students benefiting, there are still more who aspire to college but don’t apply because they assume the costs will be too high. We want families and students to know that MAP and Pell grants can put college within their reach, that filing the FAFSA now will give them the best shot at receiving the most aid, and that we’re here to help them through the process.”
In addition to ISACorps workshops and presentations, ISAC offers help through a toll-free call center at 1-800-899-4722 (ISAC) and through a free smartphone app (B4College Alerts) available for Android devices through the Google Play Store.The Financial Aid Awareness Month workshops will specifically help families understand and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the document upon which most college financial aid is based. Those attending the workshops are asked to bring records of income; investment and asset information; and Social Security, driver’s license and alien registration numbers (if applicable).The financial aid workshop dates and locations are listed below, with additional dates and sites added daily and listed at www.isac.org/calendar.Adams County
Feb. 9: John Wood Community College, Quincy, 1 – 3 p.m.

Champaign County
Feb. 3: Unity High School, Tolono, 6 – 6 p.m.
Feb. 4: Centennial High School, Champaign, 6 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 6: Parkland College, Champaign, 6 – 9 p.m.
Feb. 13: Champaign Central High School, 6 – 8 p.m.

Cook County
Feb. 2: Rainbow PUSH Headquarters, 930 E. 50th Street, Chicago, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Feb. 4: Wheeling High School Library, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Feb. 5: Schaumburg High School, 6 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 8: Northeastern Illinois University Lech Walesa Hall, Chicago, 9 a.m. – noon.
Feb. 8: Northeastern Illinois University El Centro, Chicago, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Feb. 8: Cristo Rey High School, Chicago, 10 a.m. – noon.
Feb. 8: Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Feb. 9: Lincoln Park High School, Chicago, 9 a.m. – noon.

Crawford County
Feb. 20: Lincoln Trail College, Robinson, 4 – 7 p.m.

DeWitt County
Feb. 19: Blue Ridge High School, Farmer City, 6 – 8 p.m.

DuPage County
Feb. 6: College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, 7 – 9 p.m.

Grundy County
Feb. 5: Gardner South Wilmington High School, 6 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 14: Coal City High School, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Kane County
Feb. 5: Waubonsee Community College Student Center Room 106, Sugar Grove, 4 – 6 p.m.
Feb. 5: Larkin High School, Elgin, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: Elgin Community College, noon – 3 p.m.
Feb. 9: Waubonsee Community College Rooms 164 & 175, Sugar Grove, 1 – 3 p.m.
Feb. 18: East Aurora High School, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Feb. 26: Aurora Public Library West Branch, 6 – 7 p.m.
Feb. 27: Waubonsee Community College Room 160, Aurora, 4 – 6 p.m.

Knox County
Feb. 2: Carl Sandburg College Wilson Building, Galesburg, 1 – 4 p.m.

LaSalle County
Feb. 12: Seneca High School, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Lee County
Feb. 19: Ashton-Franklin Center High School, 6 – 8 p.m.

Macon County
Feb. 8: Richland Community College, Decatur, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Madison County
Feb. 16: Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey, 1 – 3 p.m.

Marion/Clinton County
Feb. 23: Kaskaskia College, Centralia, 1 – 3 p.m.

McHenry County
Feb. 10: Huntley Public Library, 7 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 15: McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, 1 – 4 p.m.

McLean County
Feb. 8: Heartland Community College, Normal, 10 a.m. – noon.

Peoria County
Feb. 18: Peoria Public Library, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Piatt County
Feb. 5: Monticello High School, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Richland County
Feb. 5: Olney Central College Room 208, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Rock Island County
Feb. 8: Black Hawk College, Moline, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

St. Clair County
Feb. 23: Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Stephenson County
Feb. 7: Highland Community College, Freeport, noon – 4 p.m.
Feb. 11: Highland Community College, Freeport, 3 – 7 p.m.
Feb. 12: Lena-Winslow High School, 6 – 7 p.m.
Feb. 21: Highland Community College, Freeport, noon – 4 p.m.

Vermilion County
Feb. 5: Jamaica High School, Sidell, 6 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 23: Danville Area Community College Vermilion Hall 302, 1 – 3 p.m.

Wabash County
Feb. 11: Mt. Carmel High School, 6 – 8 p.m.

Whiteside County
Feb. 18: Sterling High School, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 26: Sterling High School, 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Will County
Feb. 7: Joliet West High School, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: Joliet Central High School, 6 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 13: Lockport High School, 6 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 21: Joliet Central High School, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 28: Lockport High School, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Williamson County
Feb. 20: John A. Logan College, Carterville, 5 – 8 p.m.

Winnebago County
Feb. 2: Guilford High School, Rockford, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

 


For Immediate Release – Friday, January 31, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Names Candice Jones as Director of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Jones Previously Served as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Candice Jones as the director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). Jones has most recently served as Associate Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and replaces Arthur Bishop, who has been named to head the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people and children in every community across Illinois.“Candice Jones is dedicated to helping children and young adults get on the right track,” Governor Quinn said. “I look forward to her continuing the progress that former Director Arthur Bishop has made towards ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
Jones has a long line of experience in the field of juvenile justice and at-risk youth. As an Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, she managed the public safety budget and supported the executive team’s policy and planning. She also worked for years, driving juvenile justice strategy in Illinois and nationwide, as a Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation. She has previously served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission where she worked to accelerate reform. In 2012, Jones served as a White House Fellow, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious fellowship programs for leadership and public service.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Illinois, especially some of the state’s most vulnerable youth,” Jones said. “I am committed to continuing our progress in helping youth become productive members of society and reducing the numbers of those same youth returning to the Department’s custody.”Jones holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in African and African-American Studies and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jones will be tasked with building on the significant progress made by Bishop, who served as the Director from 2011 until his transition this past week. Under Bishop’s tenure as Director of the IDJJ, the population of youth in state facilities dropped to under 900 as of Jan. 1, 2014. Historically, the average population was 1,500.Today’s announcement continues the Governor’s agenda to make Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.

 


For Immediate Release – Friday, January 31, 2014

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Brooke Anderson Brooke.Anderson@illinois.gov
Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn, AT&T Announce 200 New Jobs Across Illinois

AT&T Adding New Technicians and Retail Workers in Illinois


CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined AT&T Illinois to announce the communications company’s plans to create about 200 new jobs across Illinois. The jobs include retail staff and technicians. With unemployment at its lowest point in almost five years, today’s announcement is a part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create more jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“Illinois is a technology hub for the nation and we’re thrilled that AT&T is creating 200 new jobs in our state,” Governor Quinn said. “As Illinois’ economy continues making a comeback from the worst recession since the Great Depression, AT&T’s commitment to Illinois and our workers is another step forward.”“With these new jobs, Illinois and AT&T are moving forward together,” AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza said. “Through Project Velocity IP (Internet Protocol), AT&T has invested billions in Illinois over the past few years and through it we plan to invest even more in our wired and wireless broadband networks to help our customers get the most out of the internet economy of today and tomorrow. As consumer demand drives the transition to broadband communications infrastructure, modern policies are essential to allow Illinois to enjoy the full economic benefits of the broadband world.”The new jobs will be located in cities throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, Libertyville, Champaign and Springfield.  AT&T currently employs more than 14,000 workers in Illinois. Those interested in learning more about AT&T job opportunities or seeking to apply online can visit www.att.jobs.International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 21 (IBEW 21) President – Business Manager Paul Wright said he is pleased to see AT&T creating more jobs in Illinois. “Our partnership with AT&T to get updates to Illinois’ communication law solidifies our relationship and demonstrates our Union’s commitment to work with AT&T to create more union jobs while bringing broadband communications to more customers in Illinois,” Wright said.
“We’re pleased to learn about these new Union job opportunities at AT&T,” Linda Hinton, Vice President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4, said. “These Union jobs are important to working families in Illinois.”AT&T invested nearly $4 billion in its wired and wireless networks in Illinois between January 2010 and July 2013. Through Project Velocity IP, AT&T is expanding its 4G LTE wireless network ― a superfast mobile broadband network ― to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014.Since recovery from the recession began in January 2010, Illinois has added 280,000 private sector jobs. Unemployment was at 11.3 percent at the height of the Great Recession and today it is at its lowest point in almost five years. Since last May, Illinois has led the Midwest in new jobs created. According to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, in the next six months Illinois is projected to have the best economic growth of the five largest states in America.
In his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Quinn laid out a five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth in Illinois. The Governor’s blueprint calls for three key things: creating more jobs, making early childhood education a top priority and building an economy that works for everyone.
About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/aboutus or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.

 

 


For Immediate Release – Friday, January 31, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Announces Additional Relief for Consumers During Prophane Emergency

Encourages Residents to Report Suspected Price Gouging and Fraus to Attorney General Madigan


CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a series of steps to provide additional relief for consumers during the ongoing propane emergency in Illinois. The actions, effective immediately, provide additional financial assistance to help families pay increased heating costs this winter, and address certain inspections which could slow down the delivery of propane to consumers. The Governor is also encouraging Illinois residents to report any suspected fraud that occur during this emergency to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to helping keep Illinois residents warm and safe this winter.“This winter has been particularly harsh on those with the fewest resources,” Governor Quinn said. “These steps will ensure that families across Illinois won’t be forced to decide between feeding their families and heating their homes. We also continue to clear the way for propane to be transported into Illinois as quickly and economically as possible.”“Millions of residents across Illinois rely on propane gas to heat their homes,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Business operators seeking to profit by taking advantage of their customers during these record low temperatures should be on alert that we are on the lookout for potential violations of state law. Illinois residents who have concerns about their supplier should contact my office’s Consumer Fraud Bureau to file a complaint.”The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will offer an increase of $1,000 to each Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) eligible household for the purchase of propane to ensure uninterrupted delivery during this emergency. Over the next several days, DCEO will automatically credit the $1,000 increased benefit to the accounts of existing LIHEAP customers.The increased benefit will also be available to all new eligible applicants that sign up for LIHEAP. It may take several days for the benefit to appear on DCEO’s electronic system, so LIHEAP customers who check their status online are encouraged to be patient as the updates are applied to the system. This increase will at least double the typical annual energy subsidy for a household depending on their circumstances.Also effective today, DCEO will temporarily waive the $75 Good Faith Effort fee for LIHEAP applicants using propane to heat their homes. This is a fee used during ordinary circumstances to ensure applicants are not abusing the system, but during times of economic hardship and rising prices can be an obstacle to participation in the program. Waiving this fee for LIHEAP eligible households using propane will ensure the greatest possible access to the program during this severe weather period.The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures Bureau will not perform meter inspections on propane trucks during the ongoing emergency. This will allow these vehicles to more quickly deliver this vital heating fuel to those who need it. The inspections will resume when the emergency is over.

“I’ve instructed my department to do everything it can to help resolve this crisis,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. “Temporarily suspending these inspections should allow deliveries of propane to reach their destinations as quickly as possible so consumers have access to fuel to heat their homes during this brutally cold weather.”

Attorney General Madigan, working with other Attorneys General in states where propane prices recently spiked, has undertaken a review of propane supply and pricing issues to assess if any violations of state law have occurred. The Attorney General’s office is also investigating several consumer complaints filed with her office by Illinois residents. Attorney General Madigan encourages consumers with complaints regarding propane to call her Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-243-0618 or email the Consumer Fraud Bureau at AG_Consumer@atg.state.il.us.

Earlier this week Governor Quinn announced emergency actions to address the short supply and high prices of liquefied propane gas and heating oil in Illinois. The actions make it quicker and easier to transport these fuels from other states into Illinois. He issued a disaster proclamation to allow Illinois licensed truckers to travel through other states to obtain these fuels and deliver them to Illinois without applying for additional licenses. In addition, the tax for out-of-state trucks that use Illinois roads is being temporarily suspended by the Illinois Department of Revenue for trucks that are delivering heating fuels to Illinois.

A higher than usual nationwide demand for the fuels is being caused by a much colder than normal winter that is gripping large parts of the nation, including areas that don’t normally experience extreme cold. This is compounded by a wet harvest season that required an unusually heavy use of propane gas to dry grain.

 


For Immediate Release – Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Grant Klinzman Grant.Klinzman@illinois.govGovernor Quinn Visits Rockford and Chicago Schools To Discuss Birth To Five Initiative

Early Childhood Education Proposal a Cornerstone of Governor’s Blueprint for Jobs & Economic GrowthCHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited Dennis Early Childhood Center in Rockford and Chicago’s Richard Edwards Center for Young Learners to discuss his Birth to Five Initiative, the cornerstone of his five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth. The Governor’s Birth to Five Initiative will focus on three keys to a healthy child: universal prenatal care; access to early care and learning opportunities for every child; and strong parent support.“Study after study has shown that high-quality early childhood education has the highest return of any public investment we can make – more than $7 for every dollar spent,” Governor Quinn said. “Illinois can lead the nation in early childhood education. We have the foundation in place. Now is the time to get the job done for Illinois’ littlest.”The first pillar of the Governor’s Birth to Five Initiative calls for connecting mothers with adequate prenatal care to support healthy birth and development of their child. Prenatal care is already available to expecting mothers with modest incomes through existing programs, yet 25 percent of low-income mothers in Illinois are not receiving the services they need. These mothers are three times more likely to give birth to a low-weight baby with increased health risks and poor development.The benefits of prenatal care include:
1) Children with fewer developmental challenges; 2) Reduced need for spending on other services, such as remedial education, grade repetition and special education, as well as increased productivity and earnings for these healthier children as adults; 3) Reduced costs from fewer complications at birth that will be prevented through proper prenatal care; and 4) Healthier, more prepared mothers.The second pillar of the Birth to Five Initiative calls for providing every child with access to quality early care and learning opportunities from birth, starting with those most at-risk. Research has shown that the early years in a child’s life — when the human brain is forming — represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape key academic, social, emotional and cognitive skills that determine a child’s success in school and in life.At-risk children who do not receive a high-quality early childhood education are:

·         25 percent more likely to drop out of school
·         40 percent more likely to become a teen parent
·         50 percent more likely to be placed in special education
·         60 percent more likely to never attend college
·         70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime

In 2009, Governor Quinn established the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, which secured federal grants from Race to the Top that allowed Illinois to deliver high-quality early care and education programs. The Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant has also allowed the launch of ExceleRate Illinois, a brand new quality rating and improvement system that will help ensure every early childhood program is a quality program that prepares children for success in the classroom and in life. The new quality rating system will help also help families understand what quality early care and learning looks like and how to access programming that matches their family and child’s needs.

The third pillar of the Birth to Five Initiative calls for ensuring that parents have the support and services needed to prepare their child for success in school and life. Family involvement during preschool is linked with stronger pre-literacy, math and social skills and positive attitudes.
Studies have found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

·         Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
·         Be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits
·         Attend school regularly
·         Have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school
·         Graduate high school and go on to postsecondary education

Over the next five years, Illinois will connect families to a range of services and opportunities to get the training and support they need to take a leadership role in their children’s education.
The Governor’s Birth to Five Initiative also calls for the expansion of Home Visiting Programs, parent resource centers and Innovation Zones.

Since taking office, Governor Quinn has fought to preserve early childhood education from radical budget cuts and found a way to invest $45 million to build early education centers in areas that need it the most. However, more than a third of our youngest and most vulnerable children still don’t have the opportunity to attend early care and learning programs before they enter kindergarten and the status quo isn’t enough.

In his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Quinn laid out a five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth in Illinois. The Governor’s blueprint calls for creating more jobs, making early childhood education a top priority and building an economy that works for everyone.

 

 

 

 

PAST EVENTS & NOTICES:

Labor and Worker’s Rights Summit/Minimum Wage Summit – 1/18/14
The Illinois African American Family Commission is partnering with the Illinois Department of Labor and the U.S. House of Representatives to present a Labor and Worker’s Rights Summit on Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren.  There will also be a Minimum Wage Summit with workshops and booths from 11:30 to 2:30 pm.

 

Notice of Public Meeting on January 16, 2014 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Community Economic Development Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.Agenda

 

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on January 16, 2014 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board of the Illinois African American Family Commission’s Community Economic Development Grant Program on Thursday, January 16, 2014 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.Agenda

 

Notice of Public Meeting on December 19, 2013 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Community Economic Development Committee of the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.Agenda

 

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on December 19, 2013 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board of the Illinois African American Family Commission’s Community Economic Development Grant Program on Thursday, December 19, 2013 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.Agenda

 

Notice of Public Meeting on November 21, 2013 – 12:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Community Economic Development Committee of
the Illinois African American Family Commission on Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.Agenda

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on November 21, 2013 – 1:30 P.M.
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board of the Illinois African American Family Commission’s Community Economic Development Grant Program on Thursday, November 21, 2013 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.Agenda

 

 

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on October 30, 2013:
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Community Economic Development Committee of
the Illinois African American Family Commission on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.AgendaThe meeting was cancelled.

 

Notice of Public Meeting on September 5, 2013:
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Criminal Justice Committee of
the Illinois African American Family Commission on Friday, September 5, 2013 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call.Agenda Minutes

 

Notice of Public Meeting on August 30, 2013:
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board of
the Illinois African American Family Commission’s Community
Economic
Development Grant Program
on Friday, August 30, 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call. Agenda Minutes

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on August 28, 2013:
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Illinois African American
Family Commission Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, August 28, at 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call. AgendaThe meeting was cancelled.

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting on August 2, 2013:
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Funding Advisory Board of
the Illinois African American Family Commission’s Community Economic
Development Grant Program
on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call. Agenda Minutes

 

Notice of Public Meeting on July 24, 2013:
Notice is herewith provided of a meeting for the Illinois African American
Family Commission Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm at the Illinois African American Family Commission Office, 2925 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL and via conference call. Agenda Minutes

 

State of the African American Family Symposium The Migration Pattern of Chicago Public Housing Residents Held on Tuesday, June 22, 2010University of Illinois at Chicago – UIC Forum
Chicago Illinois(Click here for more information and presentations!)

 

United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child
Conference
Held on November 20, 2009Click the Title Link Above for More Info!

 

Illinois African American Economic and Social Empowerment Summit
The Illinois African American Family Commission, in collaboration with the Illinois Faith Based Association, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, Chicago Area Project, Black Executive Directors Coalition and the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention hosted the “Illinois African American Economic and Social Empowerment Summit” at the Union Baptist Church in Springfield, Illinois on Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.The summit provided a forum for African American consumers, providers and leaders to help formulate a social and economic development agenda that will empower Illinois’ African American families. The Empowerment Summit also provided an opportunity for participants to voice their concerns about the fair and equitable distribution of State funds to community organizations and providers that serve the African American community and included discussions between legislators, state agency directors and professionals in human services and economic development to educate participants on how the global economy affects funding issues in Illinois. The Empowerment Summit focused on five main issues: a) Healthcare, b) Education, c) Criminal Justice – Reentry, d) Capital Development Projects, and e) General Revenue Funds.Participants joined together in creating recommendations to improve the economic and social well-being of children and families.  Information from the Summit will be used to develop public policies and programs to effectuate a new economic and social paradigm for job creation, public safety, business ownership, and quality education.The Empowerment Summit’s findings will be shared with you, policy makers, elected officials, and community leaders.

 

Illinois African American Leadership Roundtable
The Illinois African American Family Commission hosted its Illinois African American Leadership Roundtable. The Leadership Roundtable was held at Southtown Youth Programs Family Center, 1108 South 15th Street in Mount Vernon, Illinois on Friday, August 10, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Leadership Roundtable brought together statewide leadership to discuss the major issues affecting African Americans in Illinois. Individuals engaged in a dialogue with other leaders to identify legislative, funding and programmatic priorities. The objective of the Roundtable is to create a consensus agenda to address the challenges faced by African- Americans in the state of Illinois.Information gathered at this event will be presented at a future date.