CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan announced that the first “Illinois Tomorrow Awards” highlighting outstanding balanced growth initiatives were presented today.
“These accomplishments are all excellent examples of private and public sectors working together for the long range public interest and improved quality of life in our communities,” said Governor Ryan. “The recipients have put into practice the Illinois Tomorrow principles that my administration has promoted.”
The Illinois Tomorrow principles include reducing traffic congestion; preservation of open space; reinvestment and redevelopment; quality of life; and local government partnership.
“Urban and suburban redevelopment, farmland and habitat protection, and improved public transportation are among the achievements of our first set of award winners. They can serve as role models for other communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood, who presented the awards at a meeting of the Campaign for Sensible Growth in Chicago.
“The communities being honored are leaders in revitalizing older areas and accommodating growth in a way that enhances rather than diminishes quality of life,” said Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Renee Cipriano.
Five Downstate Illinois award winners will also be recognized at a later date.
A review panel composed of representatives of 12 varied public and private agencies and organizations evaluated the award applications. Awards are in four categories: Development or redevelopment project; policy or planning initiative; natural resource conservation; and state-of-the-art advancements.
Illinois Tomorrow is a balanced growth initiative that is a voluntary, positive, incentive based approach to planning and growth, which focuses on state programs that invest in existing communities by improving job opportunities, infrastructure and quality of life for residents of these communities. The initiative focuses on state assistance for local projects and partnerships with local governments.
Additional details on the winners follow:
Development or Redevelopment Project