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Governor's Monthly Newsletter: August 2010 

This electronic newsletter is an opportunity for you to learn more about what we’ve accomplished in Illinois government, and how you can get involved. Whether it’s volunteering in a Serve Illinois volunteer project, receiving state services, or learning about new laws and programs, I want to ensure that you know what’s happening in your government.

If you have ideas for improving any State service, program, or this very newsletter, please click here and let us know.

Sincerely,

Pat Quinn
Governor


Featured Articles

Small Business Tax Credit

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees that create new jobs between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 may be eligible to take advantage of a $2,500 tax credit. Eligible businesses may include new businesses hiring their first Illinois employee(s). To learn more visit JobsTaxCredit.illinois.gov. This policy targets the 500,000 small businesses in Illinois, and is expected to support 20,000 new jobs.


Boards and Commissions

Are you interested in serving on a State Board, Commission, Task Force or Council? If so, please visit Appointments.Illinois.Gov to apply today! Governor Quinn is always in search of highly qualified individuals who are willing to serve. Nominate yourself today for an opportunity to help shape state government.


State Fair

On August 22, the 2010 State Fair came to a close after a successful week despite extreme heat and heavy rain. An estimated increase of 36,000 visitors came to the Fair, over last year’s 665,500. Themed “Cream of the Crop”, visitors of all ages could experience exhibits that highlighted agriculture’s contribution to job creation Other highlights of the fair that were major attractions included the Stanley Cup display on August 22 courtesy of the World Champion Chicago Blackhawks and a free performance by the award-winning Million Dollar Quartet.


1,200 Ford Jobs

On August 5, 2010 Governor Pat Quinn and President Barack Obama toured Ford Motor Company’s Chicago Manufacturing Plant, home of the new Ford Explorer SUV. Governor Quinn signed Illinois’ Auto Manufacturer’s Tax Credit into law in December of 2009. Thanks to that tax credit, Ford will begin production in Illinois of its new 2011 Ford Explorer. The auto maker is investing $400 million to launch production, and this project will create 1,200 new jobs.


5,700 Teaching Jobs

On August 17, 2010 Governor Pat Quinn filed Illinois’ Education Jobs Grant application with the federal government to access $415 million in education funding. This funding is part of the $26 billion state aid package that President Obama signed into law this month. This funding will ensure that more hard-working teachers can get back to work to make sure students receive the best education possible.


15,000 Construction Jobs

On August 2, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that will increase development of affordable housing for Illinois families, while simultaneously creating more construction jobs. House Bill 6038, Sponsored by Sen. James Clayborne Jr. and Rep. Arthur Turner, extends the Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit through 2016. Available through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the credit provides a 50 percent state income tax credit to qualified non-profit affordable housing sponsors. As a result of this legislation, it is estimated that 15,000 construction jobs will be created.


Property Tax Relief

On August 1, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 3638, a law that reforms property assessments for millions of Illinois homeowners and provides property tax relief for Cook County residents. In addition to a seven percent property tax cap, this legislation also makes it easier for veterans with disabilities to qualify for property tax relief.


Green Power

On August 4, 2010, Governor Quinn announced that Illinois, for the first time, appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 50 list of the largest green power purchasers. Illinois ranked No. 23 overall, and No. 2 among the state governments listed. Illinois has made the use of green power a top priority, and being ranked on this list demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and support for the development of cleaner, renewable energy sources. Annually, Illinois purchases 176 million kWh, or the equivalent of avoiding carbon (CO2) emissions of 24,000 passenger vehicles. For more information about Governor Quinn’s sustainability initiatives, please visit www.Green.Illinois.gov.


2,000+ High-Tech Jobs

In August, Governor Pat Quinn announced that more than $250 million in federal, state and private funds have been invested in Illinois projects that will improve broadband infrastructure throughout Illinois. More than $150 million of federal funding was awarded competitively through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service. These projects will create or retain over 2,000 jobs in Illinois.