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Pat Quinn on Environment


Leave no child inside

I think it's very, very important that in this time of economic recession, we have parks available for the people. And I made sure that that happened.

We want to leave no child inside in Illinois. I believe that it's important for kids to get outside in nature with their moms and dads, and with others, their friends, to see the wonders of nature. It's important that we understand the spiritual value of being in nature. I was distressed that my predecessor padlocked some of the State parks.

Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 13, 2010

First bill signed: Smoke Free Illinois Act

Governor Pat Quinn signed his first bill into law since being sworn-in as the 41st governor of Illinois last week. Senate Bill 2757 clarifies exemption and enforcement components of the Smoke Free Illinois Act.

"The new law strengthens the fundamental of the Smoke Free Illinois Act," Governor Quinn said. "We must continue to make sure the residents of the Land of Lincoln can breathe fresh air while they are at work and in public places." The bill strengthens enforcement of the Smoke Free Illinois Act by providing additional guidelines for writing citations. It also provides greater information about contesting citations.

The Smoke Free Illinois Act went into effect January 1, 2008, making Illinois the 23rd state in the nation to adopt a smoking ban. The act prohibits smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces, including bars, taverns, private clubs, restaurants and casinos.

Source: Press release on gubernatorial website , Feb 4, 2009

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Mark Kirk
Richard Durbin

Newly seated 2013:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie
NJ-D: Barbara Buono
VA: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe
Up for re-election 2014:
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AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: John Kitzhaber
PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Rick Perry
VT: Peter Shumlin
WI: Scott Walker
WY: Matt Mead
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