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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Tuesday, July 3, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 06:54
CHICAGO – July 3, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today acted on the following bills.


Bill No.: SB 174

An Act Concerning: Government

Requires the State Board of Health to deliver to the Governor for presentation to the General Assembly a State Health Improvement Plan on Jan. 1, 2016 and every five years thereafter (rather than on Jan. 1, 2013 and every four years thereafter).

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1


Bill No.: SB 2820

An Act Concerning: Public Aid

Expands the purposes for which the Public Assistance Emergency Revolving Fund may be used.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately


Bill No.: SB 3324

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Provides that compensation of township officers shall be for time served, and no officer may receive compensation for any future or anticipated days of duty.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately


Bill No.: SB 3380

An Act Concerning: Safety

Increases the number of members on the Carnival-Amusement Safety Board from eight to nine, and modifies the composition of the Board.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately



Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of Federal Transportation Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:57

CHICAGO – June 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passage of the federal transportation bill.

“Today’s news from Washington D.C. is a step in the right direction for Illinois.”

“The federal transportation bill that passed today will provide $4.1 billion dollars for Illinois highways and $1.5 billion for Illinois public transit over the next three years. In addition to the $14 billion we are investing through our Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, we will build a first-class transportation system for the people of Illinois, while creating or retaining approximately 200,000 jobs.

“We are extremely grateful to Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Jerry Costello, with whom we worked closely to fight hard to strengthen our infrastructure and improve our roads, streets, bridges and transit systms. Without their relentless efforts, Illinois could have been left behind by the original House proposal.

“I also want to thank the members of the Illinois Congressional delegation who fought for more resources for the Highway Trust Fund similar to the levels of the bipartisan bill that passed the U.S. Senate. Now that this bill has passed, I urge the House leadership to continue working to identify additional resources for the Highway Trust Fund, which will pave the way for more economic growth.”

“The Illinois Department of Transportation is reviewing the legislation to determine its full impact on Illinois, but we know that Illinois will receive a larger percentage of funds than in previous bills and obtain more revenue back from Washington. As a result, Illinois will move from 7th in the nation to 6th in overall highway transportation dollars received from the federal government.

“This investment will help us continue to fund safety improvements across Illinois, bolster all modes of transportation, increase our seatbelt usage -- which stands at 93.6 percent -- and reduce roadway fatalities, which have remained under 1,000 in Illinois for each of the past three years. We will also continue to protect the environment while ensuring that projects move ahead as efficiently as possible.

“I look forward to President Barack Obama signing this important legislation, which will allow Illinois to continue moving forward to strengthen our transportation network and put more people to work.”


Loebsack Applauds Passage of Multi-Year Highway Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:52

Legislation is essential for economic development and job creation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the House passed a bipartisan Transportation Authorization Bill.  The current short-term extension was set to expire over the weekend.  The bill passed by a vote of 373-52 and is now headed to the President, which he is expected to sign.

“I am pleased a transportation bill has finally been passed.  While it should have been done before today and cover a longer period of time, this bill will help create much needed jobs in Iowa and give communities the certainty needed to invest in necessary infrastructure improvements and economic development initiatives.

“It is clear to any Iowan who drives a car or truck, rides the rails or flies in an airplane that a long-term highway plan is needed.  A modern, safe and efficient transportation authorization will not only create jobs now for the construction industry – facing a 13.3 percent unemployment rate – but it will also set the table for long-term job creation and economic growth. Even with passage of this bill today, I am going to be pushing for work to start as soon as possible on a longer-term bill that provides greater investment in our infrastructure so our businesses and farmers can compete effectively in the 21st Century global economy.”

Loebsack has been urging passage of a long-term transportation bill for a number of years and has brought important Iowa projects to the attention of the President, the Speaker of the House, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Loebsack has worked to highlight important projects to Eastern and Southern Iowa that are in need of adequate funding to move forward.  They include:

  • Highway 100 completion and connection to Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids
  • Interstate 74 bridge replacement and improvement in the Quad Cities
  • Interstate 80 & 380 ramp and road/lane improvements in and around Coralville and Iowa City north to Cedar Rapids
  • U.S. Highway 30 four-lane paving from Clinton to Cedar Rapids
  • U.S. Highway 34 improvements from Burlington into Illinois
  • U.S. Highway 61 Business improvements in Muscatine
  • U.S. Highway 61 four-lane paving from Muscatine County to Burlington
  • U.S. Highway 63 four-lane paving from Missouri State Line to Ottumwa
  • U.S. Highway 63 four-lane paving from Oskaloosa to Interstate 80 and improved access to U.S. 63 for Pella

Lt. Governor Simon to announce virtual legal clinic pilot program in Peoria PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:29

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will visit The Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria on Friday to announce a pilot program that will help domestic violence survivors receive free legal consultations using webcam technology. The Virtual Legal Clinic is being piloted at the Peoria center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Jacksonville, with plans to expand to additional locations. The two centers serve about 4,000 domestic violence survivors across seven counties annually.


TIME: 2 p.m.

DATE: Friday, June 29

PLACE: The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 720 West Joan Court, Peoria



Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Wednesday, June 27, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:59
CHICAGO – June 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today acted on the following bill.

Bill No.: HB 4707

An Act Concerning: Finance

Extends the sunset of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act to June 30, 2016.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately





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