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Quinn OKs bill for '2-1-1 information line

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[August 24, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law to create a "2-1-1" line for people to call when they need information about services like food banks and shelters.

The governor signed the bill Friday that lawmakers sent him in June.

The goal is to provide a single, easy-to-remember number that people can call for information about social services and other resources when they need help.

It's hoped the 24-hour phone service eventually will be active statewide.

A "2-1-1" pilot program is running in 13 Illinois counties. The Chicago area is not included now.

[Associated Press]

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