GOVERNOR'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE
**Tuesday, June 26, 2012**
CHICAGO - As part of his strong commitment to Illinois servicemembers and their families, Governor Pat Quinn will sign important legislation to help military spouses who are seeking jobs. Joining Governor Quinn for the signing will be First Lady Michelle Obama.
As governor of a state with three major military bases, Governor Quinn has made the well-being of Illinois' veterans, servicemembers and military families a top priority. He has created programs making homeownership affordable for military families, and worked to help servicemembers find jobs and successfully transition back into civilian life.
As Lt. Governor, Quinn also championed and implemented the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund (IMFRF), which provides military families with monetary grants to help cover the costs of necessities such as food, housing and medical care when a family member has left civilian employment for active duty. Several states have modeled their military family assistance programs after the IMFRF.
The First Lady has toured the country and heard from many military spouses and active duty service members about the difficulties they have encountered while trying to transfer their professional licenses and certifications from one state to another. Through her Joining Forces initiative, the First Lady has advocated for the 100,000 military spouses who serve in professions requiring state licenses or certifications and are facing financial burdens trying to transfer these credentials.
WHEN: 2:15 p.m.
**Please see important information regarding media arrival below.
WHERE: Illinois National Guard Armory
1910 South Calumet Avenue
ADDITIONAL: Media interested in covering this event must RSVP by 12 p.m. to Brooke Anderson, Press Secretary to Governor Pat Quinn at Brooke.Anderson@Illinois.gov, by Monday, June 25.
- KEY MEDIA INFORMATION -
Slug: Gov. Quinn/First Lady Michelle Obama Military Family Bill Signing
Time: 4:30 PM (CT) - 4:45 PM (CT)
Satellite: AMC 15KU
Downlink Frequency: 11733.5
Downlink Polarization: V
Bandwidth: 9 MHz
Symbol Rate: 3.978729
FEC: 3 / 4
Data Rate: 5.5
For technical assistance please call IOCI Media Services at 217-785-5499.
9:30-10:30 a.m. - Media pre-set
11:45 a.m. - Media may start arriving. All media must pass through security screening and RSVPs must have been received by 12 p.m. Monday, June 25th to Brooke.Anderson@illinois.gov.
1:30 p.m. - Media arriving after this time cannot be admitted.
2:15 p.m.- Ceremony begins
Throw: 60 feet
Cable run: 750 feet (not encouraged)
Parking: Street parking is extremely limited and public transportation/cabs are encouraged. Live trucks may park in the alley on the South side of the building. Paid parking is also available at the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place three blocks south of the armory at 2233 South Martin L. King Drive.
Press entrance: 1910 S. Calumet, brown doors, just south of main garage door entrance.