CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited students at two Chicago Public Schools on their first day of school to wish all students in Illinois a happy and healthy year of learning. The Governor visited Vanderpoel Elementary Magnet School and Schmid Elementary School on the south side of Chicago. Today’s events are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child in Illinois the opportunity for a high-quality education.
“As we kick-off a new year of learning, I wish all our students across Illinois a happy and healthy school year,” Governor Quinn said. “There’s no more important investment than an investment in our children’s education. As we work to try to bring classroom funding to the highest levels in Illinois history, it’s important to give thanks to all our teachers who are helping to make a difference across our state.”
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today formally dedicated the “Jane Byrne Interchange” in downtown Chicago in honor of the woman who shattered glass ceilings in both regional and national politics by becoming the first woman to govern a major American city. Also known as the Circle Interchange, the meeting point of most of the city’s major highways is being completely reconstructed as part of the state’s largest ongoing road construction project.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $10 million state investment in the Safe Passage program for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The investment will expand the program by increasing routes to 93 schools currently in the program and adding 27 new schools. These schools are attended by more than 65,000 elementary and high school students. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep Illinois’ communities safe and give every child the opportunity for a high quality education.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed today “Jackie Robinson West Championship Day” in honor of the baseball team from Chicago’s South Side that won the U.S. Championship and was runner up in the Little League World Series. Jackie Robinson West defeated Nevada to become the U.S. Champions and advanced to play South Korea in the World Series, for the culmination of an amazing season.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he has signed a landmark new law that will fight the widespread but often overlooked practice of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. The law provides job protections for pregnant women and requires that reasonable accommodations be made in the workplace so expectant mothers can continue working without fear for their health or the health of their child. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensuring full equality for women in Illinois.
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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.