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  1. Article number 1 - $7M For Safety and Health Training Grants Now Available From USDOL OSHA
  2. Article number 2 - Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
  3. Article number 3 - Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Give Voters a Voice in Increasing the Minimum Wage
  4. Article number 4 - State Presents Governor’s 2014 Downstate Occupational Safety and Health Award Posthumously to Former IDOT Safety Training Manager
  •  OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant Program$7M For Safety and Health Training Grants Now Available From USDOL OSHA

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. A total of $7 million is available for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities. For more information please go to: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25995​

  •  Water. Rest. Shade.Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers


    ​HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. Employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat.

  •  Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Give Voters a Voice in Increasing the Minimum WageGovernor Quinn Signs Legislation to Give Voters a Voice in Increasing the Minimum Wage

    ​CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today gave voters the chance to make their voices heard on an important issue that would benefit hundreds of thousands of working people across Illinois. Governor Quinn today signed House Bill 3814, which places an advisory question on the November 4 ballot that asks if the state’s minimum wage for those over the age of 18 should be raised to $10 by January 1, 2015.

    Governor Quinn first proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and earlier this year met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior administration officials at the White House in Washington, D.C. to discuss raising the minimum wage. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to build an economy that works for everyone.​

  •  State Presents Governor’s 2014 Downstate Occupational Safety and Health Award Posthumously to Former IDOT Safety Training Manager


    ​Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan presented a Governor’s Award for Excellence Occupational Health and Safety Award posthumously to Russ W. Ridder, former IDOT Safety Training Manager who passed away in 2011 and was recently nominated for the award. The Governor’s Award recognizes the contributions and efforts of individuals who have made a significant impact on occupational safety and health in downstate Illinois. Dir. Costigan presented the award to Ridder’s widow, Nanci, at the 23rd Annual Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (DIOSH) Day event on Wednesday, March 5.​​​

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Press Releases

  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif06/25/2014 - Governor Quinn Statement on Anniversary of Fair Labor Standards Act
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the landmark law on June 25, 1938, which banned oppressive child labor, set a maximum hourly workweek and established the nation’s first minimum wage at 25 cents an hour. If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation, it would be at $10.75 today.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif06/22/2014 - Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Give Voters a Voice in Increasing the Minimum Wage
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today gave voters the chance to make their voices heard on an important issue that would benefit hundreds of thousands of working people across Illinois. Governor Quinn today signed House Bill 3814, which places an advisory question on the November 4 ballot that asks if the state’s minimum wage for those over the age of 18 should be raised to $10 by January 1, 2015.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif05/28/2014 - Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Minimum Wage Referendum Bill
    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 3814, legislation that would place a question on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot asking voters if the state’s minimum wage should be raised to $10 per hour by Jan. 1, 2015. The bill previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:

Workforce News

  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif07/30/2014 - Governor Quinn and Company Officials Open Nippon Sharyo Expansion in Rochelle
    ROCHELLE – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing, LLC officials to open their expanded passenger rail car production facility, Shop 3, at the company’s Rochelle manufacturing plant. The new facility will help Nippon Sharyo become even more competitive in the United States passenger railcar market, meet the industry’s growing “Buy America” demands and create 90 jobs at the Rochelle facility. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs in the booming high speed rail industry and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/IDES07/25/2014 - July 30 Hiring Event to Maximize Veterans' Non-Profit Job Opportunities
    CHICAGO – The Hiring Our Heroes event, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans, military service members and their family members to find employment, returns to Chicago on Wednesday, July 30. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary sponsors. The event is from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif07/22/2014 - Governor Quinn Signs $1.1 Billion Capital Construction Bill
    CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation and create jobs and boost economic development across Illinois, including Cook and DuPage Counties. The bill, which follows Governor Quinn’s successful six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will deliver more than 210 projects and create an estimated 14,300 jobs. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
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