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Governor Quinn Celebrates Latino Inventors, Trailblazers

Exhibit at Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center Runs Through October 11

CHICAGO October 7, 2013. Creators of the ballpoint pen, hydrogen battery and “victory lap” are just a few of the Latino “Inventors, Innovators and Trailblazers” being celebrated by Governor Pat Quinn in an exhibit that opened today in the James R. Thompson Center. As part of Governor Quinn’s celebration of Latino Heritage Month, a dozen Latino inventors are profiled, from José Labandera – the 19th century Ecuadorian sailor who built the first successful submarine – to Dr. Luis Von Ahn, a 34-year old Guatemalan mathematician who created CAPTCHA, the twisted letters seen on computer screens which users must retype to prove they’re human.

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Governor Quinn Honors Public Health Care Pioneer Carmen Velásquez as Part of Latino Heritage Month

Alivio Medical Center Founder to Retire After 25 Years of Providing Health Care to Underserved Communities

CHICAGO October 2, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed “Carmen Velásquez Day” throughout Illinois in honor of the pioneering public health advocate who founded Alivio Medical Center. The Governor praised Carmen Velásquez for her 25 years of serving those in Latino communities with little or no health insurance at an event celebrating Latino Heritage Month at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

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Governor Quinn Celebrates Latino Heritage Month

New Website Honors “Trailblazer of the Day”; Upcoming Exhibit Salutes Latino Inventors

CHICAGO September 13, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn begins a month-long celebration of Latino Heritage today by launching a website which includes a salute to a different Latino “Trailblazer of the Day” each day from now until October 13. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Illinois is home to more than two million Latinos. This action is a part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to ensuring that Illinois is the most welcoming state in the nation.

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Minority-Owned Business Participation in State Construction Projects

New Law Authorizes Low-Interest Loans to Help Firms Get Funding They Need to Secure Bonding and Equipment Financing

CHICAGO July 30, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will establish a revolving loan program to increase minority- and female-owned business participation in state construction projects. Governor Quinn made this issue a priority in his 2013 State of the State address, and the new law is part of his agenda to make business opportunities available to everyone in Illinois and drive the state’s economy forward.

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Governor Quinn Strengthens Illinois Latino Family Commission

Signs Bill to Increase Stakeholders’ Voices

CHICAGO June 27, 2013.Governor Pat Quinn today signed House Bill 3049, which will strengthen the Illinois Latino Family Commission by increasing the voices of stakeholders. Created in 2007, the panel advises the governor and General Assembly on policies, services and opportunities for Latino families. The law addresses a gap in the commission’s composition by including advocates from agencies that oversee the state’s K-12, community college and university systems. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.

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Governor Quinn Highlights Progress Made in Welcoming Everyone in Illinois

Report Shows Illinois on the Way to Becoming Most “Immigrant-Friendly State”; Governor Details Upcoming Trade Mission to Mexico

MELROSE PARK April 2, 2013 - Governor Pat Quinn today released an inter-agency report detailing the efforts of his New Americans Initiative to welcome everyone in Illinois. The report comes in advance of the Governor’s upcoming trade mission to Mexico, which is part of his agenda to create jobs in Illinois and drive the state’s economy forward.

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Governor Quinn to Lead Trade Mission to Mexico

Trip to Focus on Job Creation and Economic Growth Through Agriculture, Water Tech, Manufacturing and Tourism

CHICAGO – April 2, 2013 - Governor Pat Quinn will lead a trade mission to Mexico April 3 - 6 to spur economic opportunities and tourism between Illinois and Mexico. With Illinois already leading the Midwest in exports, the mission will build on the success of Governor Quinn’s agenda to aggressively pursue international trade and create jobs in Illinois. He will be Illinois’ first governor to visit Mexico in 13 years and only the fourth U.S. governor to visit Mexico since 2005.

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Governor Quinn Signs Historic Traffic Safety Legislation

Law Will Allow All Motorists to Be Properly Licensed and Insured

CHICAGO – January 27, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by legislators, community leaders and public safety advocates to sign into law a bill that will help ensure every Illinois motorist is properly licensed to drive. An estimated 250,000 immigrant motorists are on Illinois roads today, and these unlicensed drivers present a serious, but preventable safety risk to all Illinois drivers. Governor Quinn was an early supporter of this key legislation, which is part of his agenda to improve traffic safety in Illinois and lead the nation in welcoming and including our immigrant population.

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Governor Quinn to Lead Trade Mission To Brazil

Trip to Focus on Manufacturing, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Education and Tourism

CHICAGO September 20, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn will lead a trade mission to Brazil Sunday in an effort to increase economic opportunities between Illinois and Brazil. The governor will arrive in Brazil Sept. 23 for a six-day mission designed to strengthen Illinois exports, foster education and boost tourism.

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