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President Obama to Travel to Illinois, Third Day of Three-Day Economic Bus Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:43

WASHINGTON, August 12 – On Wednesday, August 17th, the President will travel to Illinois, the third day of his three-day economic bus tour in the Midwest.  The President will host town halls in Atkinson and Alpha, Illinois before returning to Washington.  Air Force One will depart from the Air National Guard Base in Peoria, Illinois.  The departure of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed members of the media, but closed to the public.

While in the Midwest, the President will discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring in communities and towns across the nation and hear directly from Americans, including small business owners, local families, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials.  The President knows we must do everything we can to promote economic growth, restore confidence in our nation’s future and enhance the sense of optimism for future generations.

Members of the media who wish to cover the President’s town hall in Atkinson, IL should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Members of the media who wish to cover the President’s town hall in Alpha, IL should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Members of the media who wish to cover the Air Force One departure from Air National Guard Base should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

LOGISTICAL INFORMATION FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR BROADCAST OR PUBLICATION

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Town Hall with President Barack Obama in Atkinson, IL

Wyffels Hybrids Inc.

740 East Henry Street

Atkinson, IL 61235

 

Live Truck Parking: Parking will be directed on site, off of 740 East Henry Street

Media Pre-set Time: 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site). Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CDT.

USSS Sweep: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CDT

Media Entrance: Media will be directed on site.

Media Access Time: 9:30 a.m. CDT

Final Access Time: 10:30 a.m. CDT

Event Begins: 11:30 a.m. CDT

Cable Run: 300 feet

Throw: 60 feet

Limited workspace and power are available. Wireless Internet is not available.

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Valerie Tyburski, 202-757-9534

 

Ticket Distribution Information:

Members of the general public: The event is free and open to the public.  Tickets are required and will be available at the following ticket distribution location beginning at 8:00 AM CDT, on Monday, August 15, 2011.  Tickets will be limited to two per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Wyffels Hybrids Inc

740 East Henry Street

Atkinson, IL 61235

 

Town Hall with President Barack Obama in Alpha, IL

Country Corner Farm Market

5333 U.S. Highway 150

Alpha, IL 61413

 

Live Truck Parking: Parking will be directed on site, off of 5333 U.S. Highway 150

Media Pre-set Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site). Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT.

USSS Sweep: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT

Media Entrance: Media will be directed on site.

Media Access Time: 1:30 p.m. CDT

Final Access Time: 2:30 p.m. CDT

Event Begins: 3:30 p.m. CDT

Cable Run: 300 feet

Throw: 45 feet

Limited workspace and power are available. Wireless Internet is not available.

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Kristina Broadie,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 202-503-5551.

 

Air Force One Departure

Air National Guard Base  
2416 S. Falcon Blvd.
Peoria, IL 61607

The departure of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed members of the media, but closed to the public.


Media parking: Media will be directed on site. Media must present a valid drivers license upon entry to the base 

Live truck parking: Directed on site  

Media Pre-set: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site. Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT)

Sweep: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT
Media Access: 5:00 p.m. CDT 
Final Access: 5:30 p.m. CDT

Cable run: 250 feet 
Throw: 200 feet 

Air Force One Departure: 6:45 p.m. CDT 

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Valerie Tyburski, 202-757-9534

 

 

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President Obama to Travel to Iowa on Three-Day Economic Bus Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:41

WASHINGTON, August 12, 2011– On Monday August 15th, the President will travel to Iowa on his three-day economic bus tour in the Midwest.  The President will host a town hall event in Decorah, IA at Seed Savers Exchange.  Tuesday, August 16th, he will travel to Peosta, IA for a Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College.  The economic bus tour will also feature events in Atkinson and Alpha, Illinois on Wednesday, August 17 before the President returns to Washington.

 

While in the Midwest, the President will discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring in communities and towns across the nation and hear directly from Americans, including small business owners, local families, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials.  The President knows we must do everything we can to promote economic growth, restore confidence in our nation’s future and enhance the sense of optimism for future generations.

 

Members of the media who wish to cover the President’s town hall in Decorah, Iowa should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

 

Members of the media who wish to cover the Rural Economic Forum in Peosta, Iowa should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

 

LOGISTICAL INFORMATION FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR BROADCAST OR PUBLICATION

Monday, August 15, 2011

 

Town Hall with President Barack Obama in Decorah, IA

 

Seed Savers Exchange
3074 North Winn Road
Decorah, IA 52101

Pre-set: 11:30am- 12:30 pm CDT (Media will not have access to their equipment from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) 

Sweep: 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT

Press Access: 3:00 pm CDT 

Final Press access: 4:00 pm

Program begins: 5:15 pm

Cable run: 300 feet

Throw: 60 ft

Media Parking: Enter at the visitor's center entrance. From there you will be directed on site.

Sat truck parking: directed on site. Trucks will be subject to security screening and will not be accessible between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. during the sweep.


Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Meki Bracken, 202-757-9678

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 

Rural Economic Forum in Peosta, Iowa

Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta Campus
10250 Sundown Rd. 
Peosta, IA 52068

The event will be held in the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) building.

Media Pre-set: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. CDT (ALL Equipment must be dropped at the site by 7:00 a.m.; media will not have access to the site from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CDT). 

Media Access: 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. CDT (All media must arrive by 11:00 a.m. Media who arrive late will NOT have access to cover the event.) 

Throw: 40 ft.  
Cable Run: 1000 ft. 

Live Truck Parking: Live trucks will park in the West Parking Lot outside of the NECAS building off Sundown Rd, and must be on site and cabled in by 7:00 a.m. CDT. Media should plan to bring cable ramps. Trucks will be subject to security screening and will not be accessible between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. during the sweep.  

**Media Check In: Parking will be directed on site.  

Media Entrance: During pre-set, media will be able to drive up next to the site to drop heavy equipment.  After pre-set, all media must park in the South Parking Lot off Sundown Road.

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Stephanie Temaat at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 785-766-4483.

 

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Q&A: Exports and Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:39

Q:        Why is it important for the United States to pursue international trade agreements?      

A:        International trade opens new markets for U.S. products and supports good-paying jobs in the United States.  Likewise, international trade presents goods and services to U.S. employers and consumers that fuel commerce and choice.      

Pursing new export markets should be a major part of America’s economic recovery effort.  Jobs in the United States that are linked to international trade pay, on average, 15 percent more than the national average.  While the United States stands by, other countries are enacting trade agreements for market share that easily could belong to U.S. producers.      

Q:        What is being done to expand export opportunities for U.S. goods and services?      

A:        Most recently, I’ve pushed for the enactment of new trade agreements, like the long-pending agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama, to present new opportunities for U.S. farmers, manufacturers, and the services industry, including energy, financial and insurance firms.      

At this point, Congress is waiting for a chance to vote for free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.  These agreements have been ready for consideration since 2007, when the Bush administration resolved issues of concern with congressional Democrats in 2007.  Even so, in 2007 and 2008, Democratic leaders did not bring up the agreements for a vote.  And, in 2009, the Obama administration raised new issues that further delayed action on the agreements.  This year, it’s all but settled that Congress will, at long last, have an opportunity to vote on these agreements without tying them to other issues.      

Q:        What are the stakes for workers when trade initiatives are sidelined?         

A:        Manufacturers, financial services providers and farmers in Iowa and all over the country are always looking for new markets to increase their operations, whether those customers are in the United States or halfway around the world.      

Right now, U.S.-Colombia trade is a one-way street.  More than 99 percent of Colombian agricultural exports enter the U.S. market duty-free.   No U.S. agricultural products have duty-free access to the Colombian market. In the United States, Iowa produces more corn, soybeans, hogs and eggs than any other state.  Tariffs on some U.S. soybean exports to Colombia can be as high as 150 percent. Tariffs can be as high as 195 percent on some corn products.  Under the trade agreement, these tariffs would go to zero.      

U.S. producers estimate that the Korea trade agreement, once fully implemented, could increase U.S. agricultural exports to Korea by $1.9 billion. Korea is expected to absorb five percent of total U.S. pork production.  Panama currently has a 30 percent tariff on U.S. beef and tariffs of up to 40 percent on imports of U.S. corn.  Both of these tariffs would go to zero under the trade agreement.      

Separately, the U.S. insurance and financial services industry, including companies in Iowa, says Korea represents the largest insurance market yet included in a U.S. free trade agreement and presents enormous opportunities for domestic job growth.      

Behind all of these numbers are workers in Iowa and across the country who are equipped to feed and serve even more of the world than they already do if given the chance.     

Friday, August 12, 2011

 
Governor Quinn Opens 2011 Illinois State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:35

We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing” Fair Showcases Food, Entertainment, Illinois Produce and Livestock  

SPRINGFIELD – August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today officially opened the 2011 Illinois State Fair, “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing.” Today’s ribbon cutting at the fairground’s main gate marks the start of the 10-day celebration that features food, racing, music, carnival rides and a wide variety of family-friendly activities.      

“The state fair is an Illinois staple, with something for everyone, whether you are young or just young at heart. Visitors to the fair can take enjoy family-friendly entertainment, check out the best agricultural products in the world – all while enjoying some of the best food Illinois has to offer,” Governor Quinn said. “I hope everyone comes to Springfield to sample the sights and sounds of the fair.”      

The state fair began 158 years ago as a way for Illinois farmers to showcase their labor. The fair continues to feature Illinois livestock, as well as produce and other Illinois products at the Farmers Market Tent. Visitors can also enjoy auto racing, horse shows and harness racing, in addition to carnival rides.      

Along with the Grandstand concert lineup, the fair also features a wide variety of free entertainment – from high diving to musical acts – on 15 stages throughout the fairgrounds. Also this year, the Chicago cast of the highly-acclaimed Million Dollar Quartet will give a free performance with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the Grandstand. The Broadway musical is based on the recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.      

Fairgoers will also have the opportunity to learn about state government and the state programs that are helping grow the state’s economy. Many of the state’s agencies and departments, as well as other constitutional officers, will have tents at the fair where people can obtain information about state services and programs.      

Governor Quinn also cut the ribbon on the Governor’s Tent at the fair today, officially opening the tent to fairgoers. The tent features displays about Governor Quinn’s programs and initiatives that are aimed at creating and supporting good quality jobs throughout Illinois. The Governor’s Tent will also feature a large model of the transformer Optimus Prime from “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which was filmed in Chicago last year. Children will also be able to dig for artifacts in the “Kids’ Kreation Korner” and “Meet the Greens,” a model dollhouse that is completely energy efficient. The tent is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily during the fair.      

For a complete listing of daily activities at the 2011 Illinois State Fair, “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing,” please visit:www.illinoisstatefair.info or call: (217) 782-6661. The state fair funs from Aug. 13 - 21.   

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:25

New Law Paves Way for IDOT to Use Asphalt Made From Recycled Shingles, Saves More Than $8 Million Annually

PEORIA – August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that continues his commitment to making state government greener and more efficient. The new law allows the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to begin using asphalt made from recycled roofing shingles. It also allows businesses to increase the amount of shingles used in asphalt production and requires IDOT to maximize the use of recycled materials in construction projects, saving the state more than $8 million annually.  

“In the midst of one of the busiest construction seasons in state history, we must continue to embrace green practices in building our roads,” Governor Quinn said. “This law will keep more shingles out of landfills, benefit the environment and save the state millions of dollars by expanding our use of recycled materials.”  

House Bill 1326, sponsored by Rep. Daniel V. Beiser (D-Alton) and Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), allows IDOT to use asphalt made with materials from recycling facilities that process shingles, following to regulations established by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The law also directs IDOT to use recycled materials in its projects as much as possible, saving more than an estimated $8 million annually. The agency must report the results of those efforts to the Illinois House and Senate Transportation Committees each year.  

“Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, the expanded use of recycled asphalt in roadway pavements is just the latest green initiative the Illinois Department of Transportation has undertaken,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Although motorists will not notice the difference, this new law is good for the environment and ultimately will save money.”  

The new law also allows businesses that specialize in waste collection from construction and demolition sites to double the amount of shingles they can provide to recycling facilities for use later in the production of asphalt.  

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Sets Performance Standards for College and University Funding to Improve Accountability

MOLINE – August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today furthered his goal of making education accessible and affordable for all Illinois students by signing legislation to reform how Illinois funds colleges and universities. House Bill 1503 will create performance standards for higher education institutions to increase accountability and improve student outcomes.  

“When it comes to the education and graduation of our students in college, we must demand excellence,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law raises the bar for our universities to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students so they have a better opportunity to graduate and find meaningful employment.”  

Sponsored by Sen. Edward Maloney (D-Chicago) and Rep. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), House Bill 1503 requires Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) budget recommendations to be based on performance metrics designed to promote and measure student success. The new law creates a commission dedicated to developing a system to allocate state funds and resources to public institutions of higher education based on performance.  

“As a former teacher, I know enrolling is just one measure of an institution,” Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said. “Performance funding will be an incentive to not just get students in the door, but to improve the odds that students will succeed.”  

The commission will develop a performance system that focuses on course completion, maintaining the quality of current degree offerings and rewarding the success of institutions that advance the success of students who are at-risk academically or financially, including: first generation college students, students from low-income households and traditionally underrepresented minorities.  

“As chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, I think this is the most important piece of legislation we moved this session,” Sen. Maloney said. “Establishing metrics to start connecting state funding with performance will add accountability to our higher education institutions’ practices. This will ultimately result in better opportunities for students.”  

The commission will include representatives from the Governor’s office, General Assembly, public institutions of higher education, state agencies, business and industry, and faculty and staff organizations.  

The new law takes effect Jan. 1.  

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CHICAGO – August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:  

   

Bill No.: HB 159  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Provides that all funds received by currency exchanges for remittance to utility and other companies be deposited into an escrow account by the next business day, and that the escrow account may not be used for any other use and increases various licensing fees.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 268  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Creates the Local Government Consolidation Commission to report on the consolidation of local governments, and repeals the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 390  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Would de-list Pyramid State Park and authorize the Department of Natural Resources to permit Knight Hawk Coal Company to use part of the land to support their adjacent surface mining operation.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1277  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Allows further exceptions to the Open Meetings Act to include meetings involving internal or external auditors, or meetings in which the subject involves audits.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1471  

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  

Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to change the way the annuity reserve is calculated if a retiring employee has accumulated service in more than one participating municipality or instrumentality. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1521  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Requires the Office of the State Fire Marshal to be responsible for inspecting state-licensed facilities, unless local authorities are enforcing higher standards.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1700  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Allows for annexed land negotiations between the municipal fire department and the fire protection district to decide the department with jurisdiction over the land.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1712  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Amends the Power of Attorney Act, expanding the definition of “excluded power of attorney” to include powers of attorney given primarily for various business, commercial and governmental purposes. Provides that designated portions of the Act do not apply to an excluded power of attorney. Additionally, provides that an excluded power of attorney is not revoked by a subsequent power of attorney; it may only be revoked by the mechanism provided in the excluded power of attorney itself, or by a written instrument that makes specific reference to the excluded power of attorney being revoked.  

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

   

Bill No.: HB 1748  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Requires distribution of HIV/AIDS educational materials, as well as the opportunity to opt out of HIV testing to inmates upon arrival and prior to release.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1831  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Eliminates the bilingual program within the educational services block grant.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1865  

An Act Concerning: Regulation  

Allows Illinois Power Agency to develop procurement plans for small utilities if they request it.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  


Bill No.: HB 1872  

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  

Allows a member of the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund to transfer credit to the Police Pension Fund.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1948  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to post on its website the number of surveillance cameras each agency owns or has access to.  

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

   

Bill No.: HB 1949  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Removes the Illinois Board of Higher Education chair as a member of the Law Enforcement Training Board, and replaces them with the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 1956  

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  

Makes technical changes to four sections of the IMRF Article of the Pension Code.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1960  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Provides that, in certain instances, motions to quash must be filed within 30 days; a motion to quash not filed within the applicable 30-day time limit is barred.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 1966  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Creates the Illinois and Midwest High-Speed Rail Commission, which is required to prepare and issue a report and follow-up report recommending the best governmental structure for a public-private partnership to design, build, operate, maintain and finance a high-speed rail system for the state. Repeals the Act on Jan. 1, 2015.  

Action: Vetoed  


Bill No.: HB 2270  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

Allows the Toll Highway Authority to exercise any powers it has under the Toll Highway Act to construct new railroad tracks.  

Action: Amendatorily Vetoed  

   

Bill No.: HB 2550  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Provides that a township board may appoint township enforcement officers, and may remove officers with or without cause. Also gives township enforcement officers the authority to enforce county ordinances in areas of the county located within their township if intergovernmental agreements are in existence.   

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2556  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Allows municipalities to collect a reimbursement fee from the county for all prosecutions which result in a finding of guilt, not simply for cases tried before a judge.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2777  

An Act Concerning: Safety  

Allows dry-cleaning businesses to make license payments by credit card or business check, and decreases the civil penalties that must be paid for failing to submit the required license fees in a timely manner.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2853  

An Act Concerning: Revising a law by combining multiple enactments and making technical corrections.  

Creates the First 2011 General Revisory Act.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 2917  

An Act Concerning: Controlled Substances  

Rewrites the Illinois Controlled Substances Act to improve the safety of patients, simplify the law for practitioners and dispensers, and allow for collaborative interface with other state industries.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  


Bill No.: HB 2991  

An Act Concerning: Revenue  

Requires a business that uses vending machines to notify the Department of Revenue (DOR) of the number of machines if DOR requests that they add machines.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3102  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Provides that notices for annexation, special uses, variations or specified zoning hearings do not require a metes and bounds legal description of the territory as long as the notice includes street address(es) and property index number(s).  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3152  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Provides that authorization to sell township and township road district personal property is obtained by a vote of the township board or request of the township highway commissioner.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3182  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires residential and small commercial electric utilities to submit customer account numbers, in addition to names and addresses, to local authorities upon request as a part of soliciting bids and awarding purchasing agreements for aggregation of retail electric loads.   

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3223  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Makes changes to the School Code regarding instructional time and school term calendar for remote educational programs.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3281  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Allows school boards to expel or suspend pupils for gross misconduct perpetrated by electronic means.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  


Bill No.: HB 3289  

An Act Concerning: Internet  

Requires Internet access providers to offer parental controls so that subscribers can monitor or restrict their children’s web activity.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3342  

An Act Concerning: Transportation  

The ITHA may not sell or otherwise provide to third parties personally identifiable information obtained through its electronic toll collection system.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3358  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Reconciles the State Employees Group Insurance Act with the changes in the Illinois Insurance Code regarding care for persons who have been abused.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3376  

An Act Concerning: Public Employee Benefits  

Provides that the monthly annuity of a person who first becomes a member under the Article after the effective date of this bill, shall be increased on the Jan. 1 occurring either on or after the attainment of age 60 or the first anniversary of the annuity start date, whichever is later.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3386  

An Act Concerning: Government  

Changes the definition of “disaster” in the Disaster Service Volunteer Leave Act and the Local Government Disaster Service Volunteer Act to include any disaster declared by proclamation of the Governor under a specific provision of the IEMA Act.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3405  

An Act Concerning: Insurance  

Clarifies the definition used to determine when a person is eligible to receive insurance coverage under the Medicare plan offered by the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  


Bill No.: HB 3431  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Eliminates delivery as an element of possession of a stolen firearm and as an element of aggravated possession of a stolen firearm.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3449  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires state payments for an employee’s payroll, reimbursement or vendor payment be made through direct deposit. Exempts legislative and judicial branches of government.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3458  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Authorizes parks to enter into design-build contracts, and provides that park districts must use a two-phase procedure to select the successful design-build entity for projects with a budgeted construction cost over $12 million.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3478  

An Act Concerning: Civil Law  

Allows a lien to be placed on specific items of personal property, including interest earned on that property, and makes other changes concerning charging orders and clarifies when a judgment is first considered an original judgment.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: HB 3539  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Amends the state aid formula provisions of the School Code by eliminating the General State Aid Hold Harmless funding.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: HB 3550  

An Act Concerning: Local Government  

Provides that review sessions held after an examination has been given for the purpose of gathering feedback from candidates shall be at no cost to the candidates.  

Action: Signed  

Date Effective: Immediately  


Bill No.: SB 43  

An Act Concerning: Revenue  

Requires the DOR to establish an online database of tax rates, including use, income, property, and excise taxes by locality.  

Action: Signed  

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 86  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Revises the Abuse of Adults with Disabilities Act to include sexual exploitation to the definition of sexual abuse, add a definition for mental abuse, and broaden the physical abuse definition to include culpability when someone directs another person to abuse a person with disabilities.  

Action:  Signed  

Effective Date: Immediately  

   

Bill No.: SB 2004  

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law  

Amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to provide assault/battery of a person known by the offender to be a person authorized to serve and deliver court documents is enhanced to aggravated assault/battery.  

Action: Signed                   

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 2096  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Repeals the Illinois Accessibility Taskforce, and allows an exemption for school districts with press boxes that meet certain requirements from the Illinois Accessibility Code.  

Action: Signed                           

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 2123  

An Act Concerning: State Government  

Requires the Illinois Workforce Investment Board to annually submit information concerning the board's meetings, budgets for local workforce investment areas, and contracts for all workforce development training and service providers to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  

Action: Signed                           

Effective Date: Jan. 1  

   

Bill No.: SB 2134  

An Act Concerning: Education  

Allows a regional superintendent of schools to administer a joint operational program, per request of two or more school districts, present the district with possible services that schools may share and submit an annual report to the State Board of Education, regarding fiscal efficiency.

Action: Signed                

Effective Date: Jan. 1


Bill No.: SB 2255

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Provides that a collaborating physician or podiatrist may delegate authority to an advanced practice nurse to prescribe any Schedule II controlled substances if all conditions are met. Provides that an advanced practice nurse who writes a prescription for a controlled substance without the valid license may be fined by the Department not more than $50 per prescription.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

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Commission Will Explore Inequalities Across a Wide Variety of Areas  

CHICAGO – August 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed House Bill 1547, creating the Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African-American Community. The commission will research the disparities facing African-Americans in the areas of healthcare, health services, employment, education, criminal justice, housing, and other social and economic issues. Its findings will be reported to the General Assembly. 

“We know that disparities exist within the African-American community, preventing some from achieving their full potential,” Governor Quinn said. “In Illinois, we want everybody in, and nobody left out. We won’t shy away from examining the root causes of inequality, and working to correct them.”   

The commission will be comprised of a bipartisan group of legislators from both houses of the General Assembly, the directors of the Departments of Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Children and Family Services, Public Health, Aging, Labor, Employment Security, Commerce and Economic Opportunity, State Board of Education, Board of Higher Education, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, or their designees.

It will also include the Executive Director of the Illinois African-American Family Commission, and up to 10 other individuals representing African-American communities around the state with backgrounds in the research areas. The president of the Illinois Senate and speaker of the Illinois House will name co-chairs for this Commission, and all members will serve without compensation. 

The Commission must hold one or more public hearings, and report findings with recommendations to the General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2013. The Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago will provide staff and administrative support services. 

House Bill 1547, sponsored by Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) and Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), goes into effect immediately.

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Law Protects Illinois Families’ Right to Grieve With Reverence and Dignity

SPRINGFIELD – August 14, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to protect the funerals of those who have given their lives for our country. The new law expands Illinois’ Let Them Rest in Peace law to prohibit protests within 300 feet of a funeral site and ensure that no protest can take place within 30 minutes before and after a funeral or memorial service.

“Every family has a fundamental right to conduct a funeral with reverence and dignity,” said Governor Quinn. “This law ensures that the families of those who have given their lives for our country can grieve without harassment. It is our duty to honor their sacrifice by ensuring they are remembered with the respect and solemnity.”

House Bill 180, sponsored by Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet) and Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville), strengthens an existing law spearheaded by then-Lt. Governor Quinn in 2006 that prohibits protests within 30 minutes of a service and within 200 feet of a funeral site. The Governor signed the new law as part of Veterans’ Day at the Illinois State Fair and was joined by Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Acting Director Erica Borggren, Assistant Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard Major General Dennis L. Celletti.

Throughout his career, Governor Quinn has served as a strong advocate for Illinois’ Veterans and servicemembers. As state treasurer, he launched "Operation Home Front" during the Gulf War to inform National Guard members and reservists about their rights under the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. As Lt. Governor, he championed the 2003 creation of the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance to the families of Illinois National Guard members and reservists called to active duty.

As Governor, he has signed legislation to extend and increase tax credits for businesses that hire Veterans. Recently he signed legislation to ensure Veteran-owned businesses are able to compete for state contracts. The Governor has also led passage of and signed legislation to help the children of military families to easily transfer school credit following relocation. Children and grandparents of servicemembers are also now eligible for Family Military Leave.

Governor Quinn also created the Task Force on Veterans’ Jobs to help Veterans apply their military training to state professional licensure requirements. Colleges are now required to post all benefits available to Illinois Veterans and assign a staff member to serve as the point of contact for student-Veterans who need information and assistance. The Governor also laid the framework for construction of a new Veterans’ home in Chicago and established an Assistant Director for Women Veterans’ Affairs at IDVA, to create a new focus on the needs of Illinois women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

For more information about these and other programs for our Veterans, visit OperationHomefront.org or call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 217-782-6641 or 312-814-2460.

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