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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, July 7, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 13:12

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:


Bill No.: SB 1812

An Act Concerning: Finance

Amends the Public Funds Deposit Act and the Public Funds Investment Act.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately.



Governor Quinn Announces Tornado Relief Funding for Hard-Hit Illinois Communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 07 July 2014 13:43

Signs New Laws in Washington and Gifford to Help Communities Recover From Disasters

WASHINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $11.6 million in state relief to help Illinois local governments recover from the deadly November 2013 tornadoes. The assistance is part of $45 million multi-agency relief package assembled earlier this year at the Governor's direction following the denial of the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments. Governor Quinn also today signed three new laws in the tornado-damaged communities of Washington and Gifford that will help Illinois communities recover from disasters.

Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.

“Illinois has faced a record number of natural disasters in recent years, but we are committed to helping each and every community get back on its feet,” Governor Quinn said. “The disaster donation, insurance adjustment and small business recovery laws I’m signing today will help ease the disaster recovery process for communities now and in the future. I thank every first responder and volunteer who donated their time, material and funds to assist with recovery efforts statewide.”

The $11.6 million state relief comes from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). The IDOT funds help communities repair storm-damaged infrastructure. IEMA assistance helps municipalities pay for costs already incurred for items such as debris removal, emergency protective measures and overtime payments. The communities applied for the funds, and to date all eligible requests for assistance have been approved. Some of the communities receiving tornado recovery funds include:

·         City of Washington, $7,685,593; Community High School, $6,769; Township Road District, $11,568; Park District, $20,877

·         Village of Gifford, $379,295

·         Brookport, $1,803,334; Massac County, $31,399

·         City of Pekin, $115,666

·         Diamond, $441,853

·         Coal City, $446,096

·         East Peoria, $268,393

·         Compromise Township, Champaign County, $185,130

Numerous other municipalities are receiving disaster recovery funding in addition to those listed.

“We want to thank Governor Quinn for this first set of payments from the State Tornado Relief,” Washington Mayor Gary Manier said. “The approval of the entire City of Washington submission to IDOT is greatly appreciated and allows us to take yet another step toward recovery.”

“I can’t thank Governor Quinn and his agency directors enough for all they’ve done for us in Brookport to help us recover from the tornado,” Brookport Mayor Pro Tem Tom Souders said.

When certain federal disaster recovery assistance for local governments was denied, Governor Quinn directed state agencies to assemble a $45 million relief package for Illinois communities devastated by the November 2013 tornadoes. Visit for more information.

Governor Quinn today also signed three new laws related to disaster recovery:

House Bill 4590, sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) and State Senator William Brady (R-Bloomington), creates the Illinois Gives Initiative that allows current and retired state employees to donate a portion of their paycheck or annuity to Illinois chapters of the American Red Cross whose territories are affected by disasters. The law is effective immediately.

Senate Bill 2922, sponsored by State Senator William Haine (D-Alton) and State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton), sets a limit of 10 percent on the amount of compensation an insurance adjuster may receive when representing a consumer in a claim resulting from a disaster. The law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Senate Bill 3259, sponsored by State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) and State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin), protects small businesses that rebuild after being affected by a disaster. The law slowly phases in property taxes over a 15-year period to prevent an immediate tax hike on the repaired or rebuilt business property. The new law is effective immediately.


Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Thursday, July 3, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:35

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:


Bill No.: SB 2747

An Act Concerning: Education

Creates the School Security and Standards Task Force within the Illinois State Board of Education.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately



On Eve of Independence Day, Braley Urges Passage of All-American Flag Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:39

After legislation passes Senate hurdle, Congressman continues push to ensure all federal flags are made in USA

Washington, D.C. – On the eve of the Independence Day holiday, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today urged his colleagues to pass the All-American Flag Act, which would require the federal government to purchase 100 percent made-in-America flags .


“The idea that the federal government should only use American-made flags is commonsense—and it’s an idea that has widespread and bipartisan support,” Braley said. “The All-American Flag Act can and should become law, and there’s no better time to make that happen than the month we’re celebrating America’s independence.”

Last week, the All-American Flag Act unanimously passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Four years ago, the Braley-authored All-American Flag Act passed the House unanimously—but did not receive a Senate vote. Braley reintroduced the All-American Flag Act in 2013, and it awaits action in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee—a committee headed by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

“The American flag will forever be a symbol that reinforces our nation’s commitment to freedom and democracy,” Braley’s letter to Issa and Cummings reads.

The letter to Issa and Cummings can be found HERE.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Tuesday, July 1, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:16

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:

Bill No.: SB 3443

An Act Concerning: State government

Repeals outdated mandates based on recommendations from the Budgeting for Results Commission.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately, except for several provisions that take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.



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