Chicago - Governor Quinn announced Stair Week at the kick-off of the 2nd Annual BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Conference on Monday, September 29th. The Governor encouraged the use of stairs instead of elevators, keeping with Illinois’ commitment to citizens’ health and well-being and a more sustainable, energy-efficient environment.
Schools, county health departments, businesses, and community organizations, such as the YMCA and United Way, strongly support Stair Week, recognizing its health benefits. Taking the stairs is safe and accessible exercise that helps individuals attain overall fitness which, in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and other diseases.
Chicago - Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3 million state investment in the Divvy bicycle-sharing program that will add 700 new bikes and 70 docking stations in Evanston, Oak Park and Chicago neighborhoods. The investment will be supported by an additional $750,000 from the three cities, enabling the popular bike-sharing program to expand and provide a green transportation option in the suburbs for the first time. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the environment and increase transportation opportunities for the people of Illinois.
“We’ve worked hard to make Illinois the most environmentally-friendly state in the nation and that includes boosting access to green transportation throughout our state,” Governor Quinn said. “The Divvy program has proven to be a successful and innovative way to commute, navigate congested city streets and explore vibrant Chicago communities. Expanding Divvy outside of the city limits mean fewer cars on the roads and gives more residents and visitors the fun opportunity to take a ride.”
Chicago - Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the innovative ‘Bus on Shoulders’ program and make Illinois’ highways more environmentally-friendly, efficient and accessible. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ infrastructure.
“Bus on Shoulders has proven to be a creative approach and a green solution to cut down on commuting times, encourage the use of mass transit and improve access to jobs,” Governor Quinn said. “By making minimal investments in our existing infrastructure, we are providing big dividends for commuters and families throughout the region.”
Chicago - Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to promote the purchase of solar-produced electricity in Illinois. The law requires a special existing fund be used to purchase solar power and emphasizes development of distributed solar generation, such as the installation of solar panels on the residential rooftops.
“These last days of June are some of the longest of the year, the perfect time to talk about getting more of our electricity from solar,” Governor Quinn said. “Thousands of residents will soon get cheaper, cleaner energy, and we will create good paying jobs for working families in the process. It’s this sort of innovation that has made Illinois a national leader in clean energy production.”
Chicago -Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that will create uniform, statewide standards to regulate farmers' markets and help increase protections for consumers who shop locally. The action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.
“This new law will encourage people across Illinois to get out and buy local,” Governor Quinn said. “Farmers’ markets offer uniquely local goods and we need to ensure they are safe for all Illinois shoppers. Establishing statewide standards for farmers’ markets will help vendors and consumers know what to expect no matter where they sell or buy produce in the state.”
"The public policy of the State and the duty of each person is to provide and maintain a healthful environment for the benefit of this and future generations."
- Illinois Constitution, Article XI
- Illinois Constitution, Article XI