WASHINGTON – One year after deadly tornadoes devastated several areas of Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today visited two of Illinois’ hardest-hit communities, Washington and Brookport, to visit with families and participate in the dedication of a new memorial to mark the tragedy. The Governor also announced additional state recovery assistance to aid the two communities who are still in the process of rebuilding and recovery one year later.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement on the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne:
“Jane Byrne leaves a legacy of tireless service to Chicago that will never be forgotten.
“Her work on behalf of the city’s children and underserved communities has meant thousands of Chicago citizens are better off today because of Jane’s heartfelt dedication.
“The city’s first and only female mayor, Jane Byrne was a barrier breaker and a role model for countless women who had stared too long through the glass ceiling.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that the second year of open healthcare enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin on Saturday, Nov. 15. The announcement comes as Illinois plans to build on the program’s successful first year in which more than 700,000 people across the state gained access to health coverage. The second open enrollment period is a three-month window running from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted Illinois’ veterans, servicemembers and their families during a Veterans Day ceremony at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Governor Quinn has made our veterans and servicemembers a top priority throughout his career in public service. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s longstanding commitment to honor, protect and support the men and women who have served our nation.
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials to welcome hundreds of newly-hired workers to the Safe Passage program at a rally today. The latest expansion to Safe Passage, a student safety program that has grown significantly under Mayor Emanuel, was made possible by a $10 million investment from Governor Quinn and the state of Illinois. This investment, on top of an additional investment made by Mayor Emanuel, will add nearly 700 workers at 133 schools to protect student safety on the walk to and from school.
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The Governor's Office is joining with the Office of the Comptroller, the Office of Management & Budget, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Revenue and the Department of Corrections to begin the process of modernizing the State's Financial Accounting Systems.