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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Saturday, July 2, 2011** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 14:36

CHICAGO – July 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:

Bill No.: HB 3500

Amends the Freedom of Information Act to provide that the names and information of people who have applied for or received Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards under the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act are exempt from inspection and copying.

An Act Concerning: Safety

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: Immediately

“As Governor, I have made increasing openness and transparency in government one of my top priorities. It is essential to have an open and transparent state government; however, it should not come at the expense of the public’s safety. This bill has the support of the Illinois State Police because it ensures that individuals who have FOID cards or who have applied for FOID cards are protected from having their personal information made public, which could make them vulnerable to potential crimes and jeopardize public safety.”


Governor Quinn Takes Budget Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 14:18

CHICAGO – June 30, 2011. In his office, Governor Pat Quinn today signed the fiscal year 2012 state budget and issued the following statement:

“Line by line, I have carefully examined the budget passed by the General Assembly and identified areas for improvement and reduction. I also re-prioritized government spending to protect our state’s core principles.

“The first step in this process was a technical review of the numbers. In assessing each line-item, I discovered and eliminated double-appropriations by more than $336 million. Next, I reduced bureaucracy costs by more than $11 million. 

“I then evaluated the proposed spending against last year’s levels. The state will maintain current spending levels for school transportation by reducing the General Assembly’s proposed amount by $89 million, and returning to the amount that was spent in fiscal year 2011. 

“Finally, state government must continue to address its Medicaid obligations. Neglecting our bills today only creates bigger problems tomorrow. With this in mind, I implemented a line-item cut to Medicaid in the amount of $276 million. 

“From day one, I have stressed the need to invest in education by reducing high administrative costs and reallocating those funds to the classroom, particularly in early childhood education. Implementing a budget is not a one-day event, but rather a year-round process filled with robust debate and difficult decisions. Today, I enacted a fiscal year 2012 budget of $32.987 billion. Overall, I reduced the budget passed by the General Assembly by $376 million. With these reductions, I am implementing smart efficiencies that support Illinois on its continuing path to fiscal and economic recovery.”

Today, Governor Pat Quinn took action on the following bills:


HB 116    AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 124    AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 326    AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2107   AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2109   AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2165   AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2167   AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2168   AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 3639   AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 3697   AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 3700   AN ACT concerning appropriations

SB 2414   AN ACT concerning appropriations

SB 266    AN ACT concerning state government

SB 335    AN ACT concerning finance

SB 401    AN ACT concerning revenue

HB 2858   AN ACT concerning finance

SB 1802   AN ACT concerning state government

SB 2172   AN ACT concerning finance

Line Item Vetoed

HB 117     AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 123     AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 132     AN ACT concerning appropriations

Reduction and Line Item Vetoed

HB 327     AN ACT concerning appropriations

Reduction Vetoed

HB 3717    AN ACT concerning appropriations

For a more detailed explanation of reductions, please see attachments.


Senate Staff to Fill-In for Grassley at Town Meetings Next Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:37

Senate to Remain In Session While Deficit Reduction Negotiations Continue

WASHINGTON – Two members of his staff will represent Senator Chuck Grassley at the 12 town meetings in Iowa which Grassley had planned for himself for next week.

The change from Grassley to staff members was necessary because of the announcement today that the U.S. Senate will remain in session, instead of recess for the week of the 4th of July, while negotiations continue over how to achieve $2.4 trillion in savings in the federal budget in order to offset an increase in the amount of debt the federal government can legally borrow.  The deadline for an agreement on raising the debt ceiling is August 2, at this point.

Grassley had planned the town meetings as part of his annual visit to every Iowa county for dialogue with constituents.  Now, in Grassley’s place, Regional Director Donna Barry and Legislative Aide Sherry Kuntz will conduct town meetings in Adams, Audubon, Carroll, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby and Taylor counties.  Grassley’s scheduled appearances at the Atlantic and Denison Rotary meetings on July 5 and July 7 have been postponed.  Grassley said he will reschedule constituent meetings in all of these counties.

“My staff will be at each of the town meeting locations next week to hear the concerns of Iowans in these counties, many of which are being impacted directly by the Missouri River flooding,” Grassley said.  “Donna Barry and Sherry Kuntz are prepared to answer questions and to follow-up on any issues that Iowans want to bring to my attention.  I look forward to returning to all of these counties myself as soon as possible this year.  It’s important to me to be able to meet in person with Iowans in every county, every year, and I appreciate participation by local residents in this kind of dialogue with their elected representative.  Next week, I need to be in Washington because when the Senate is in session, I’m there representing the people of Iowa.”  Grassley holds the record in the Senate today for the longest streak of not missing a roll-call vote.

A copy of Grassley’s original schedule is available here.

Details about the July 5-7, staff-led town meetings are below.

Tuesday, July 5  

8 – 9 a.m.
Carroll County Town Meeting
New Hope Village, Activity Center Gymnasium, 1211 E. 18th St., Carroll

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Audubon County Town Meeting
Audubon County Economic Development (ACED), Community Room, 800 Market St., Audubon

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. 
Adams County Town Meeting
Corning Community Building, 601 Sixth St., Corning

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Taylor County Town Meeting
Taylor County Farm Bureau, Meeting Room, 607 Pollock Blvd., Bedford

Wednesday, July 6  

8 – 9 a.m.                     
Page County Town Meeting  
Shenandoah Medical Center, Rapp Meeting Room, 300 Pershing Ave., Shenandoah     

10 – 11 a.m.                             
Fremont County Town Meeting  
The Gathering Place, Corner of Cass and Ohio Streets, Sidney     

Noon – 1 p.m.                          
Mills County Town Meeting  
Glenwood Senior Center, 20 N. Vine St., Glenwood     

2 – 3 p.m.                             
Montgomery County Town Meeting  
Montgomery County Family YMCA, 101 E. Cherry St., Red Oak     

4 – 5 p.m.                             
Pottawattamie County Town Meeting  
Oakland Community Building, 129 Harrison St., Oakland     

Thursday, July 7

7 – 8 a.m.                          
Harrison County Town Meeting
United Western Coop, 222 E. Lincoln Highway, Missouri Valley

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.                   
Monona County Town Meeting
Onawa Community Center, 320 10th St., Onawa

2 – 3 p.m.                          
Shelby County Town Meeting
Harlan Public Library, 718 Court St., Harlan


Governor Quinn Accepts National Honor for Job-Creation Efforts in Biotechnology PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:36

Named Biotechnology Industry Organization Governor of the Year;
Group Commits to Hold Convention in Chicago in 2013, 2016

WASHINGTON D.C. - June 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today was named Governor of the Year by a leading nationwide biotechnology advocacy group in recognition of his efforts to create jobs by advancing the biotechnology industry in Illinois.

“The focus of my administration is creating jobs in Illinois,” said Governor Quinn. “Advancing biotechnology innovation will create jobs, bring important scientific progress to our state, and boost Illinois’ position as the premier destination for technology companies.”

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) presented Governor Quinn the prestigious honor due to his work increasing Illinois’ economic, scientific, and technological output. The organization cited the Governor’s initiatives including the Angel Investment and Small Business Job Creation Tax Credits, along with his founding of the Illinois Innovation Council. Governor Quinn received the award before addressing at the 2011 BIO International Convention in Washington D.C. The group said its decision to hold the event in Chicago in 2013 and 2016 was largely due to Governor Quinn’s strong support for biotechnology.

“Governor Quinn has spearheaded an impressive array of job creating initiatives, further strengthening Illinois’s foothold as one of the nation’s most vibrant biotech clusters. His funding and support of biotech tax credits is a model for federal legislation that supports critical early-stage capital formation. His leadership in this field will continue to benefit his state, in terms of jobs and innovation, for years to come,” said Scott Whitaker, Chief Operating Officer of BIO. “Governor Quinn’s strong support for our industry and the Midwest's flourishing bioscience industry presence were major factors in our decision to bring the BIO International Convention back to the Windy City in 2013 and 2016."

“iBIO congratulates Governor Quinn on this well deserved acknowledgment. The Governor has consistently championed educational reform, entrepreneurship, intellectual property protection, and industry regulation based on rigorous science. He has made showcasing the Midwest through the BIO International Convention in Chicago a key priority, thus elevating the economic development prospects for our state and the Midwest. More than that, he has set a leadership example for public servants everywhere,” said David Miller, President and CEO of iBIO.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.


Grandchildren Living With Grandparents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:34

Many child welfare agencies are adapting services to better serve kin caregivers involved with the child welfare system. Research has suggested that relatives are more likely to receive such services as financial assistance, food stamps, or Medicaid for the child when they are involved with child welfare. However, the majority of grandchildren are being cared for by grandparents privately, without involvement of the child welfare system. Thus these families may need to seek the support of other agencies.

Finally, some local school systems offer services to help grandparents. These findings provide insights on three important aspects of service delivery that may be useful to shaping future programs and services to grandparent caregivers.

  • Targeting: Grandparent caregivers need specific services. They struggle from a lack of income. Grandparents may have assets from years of working, but may now be retired and on a fixed income. Grandparent caregivers may receive a child-only grant, but their assets may limit their own eligibility for welfare. Welfare agencies may want to reconsider asset restrictions for applicants who are older relative caregivers. Significant proportions of grandparents also need food and housing assistance, as well as respite care and mental health services to assist those with poor mental health or high levels of aggravation. Many children in their care need assistance dealing with health, behavioral, and educational problems.
  • Outreach: Grandparents are often not aware of the services available to them. Only 29 percent of children in grandparent care live in families receiving a child-only or foster care payment for their care. Previous research suggests that many grandparents feel there is a stigma associated with accepting services/aid and therefore avoid involvement with public agencies. Agencies might consider ways to extend information to this population as well as service delivery approaches that reduce the stigma associated with public assistance.  
  • Access: Many grandparents have limited access to services. They are older and often have health problems, making traveling to agencies difficult. Moreover, having less formal education may limit their knowledge of available services. Agencies might consider strategies for reaching grandparent caregivers who are limited in their mobility or unable to find available resources. In addition, some grandparent caregivers have reported that they applied for assistance and were denied benefits. Studies have found that eligibility workers may not be aware of the services that grandparent care families can receive.


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