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January 12, 1999


(Springfield) -- Governor George H. Ryan today received the Gubernatorial Transition Report, which outlines the programs and policies that will be a priority for his administration in the months ahead. Included in the report are recommendations for improving education, public safety and transportation.

"This is an action plan for this administration that all of us are going to refer to again and again over the coming months," Ryan said. "It addresses each of the policy areas that we talked about during the campaign."

The report was presented to Governor Ryan by Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood, who co-chaired the transition committee with Former State Representative Art Telscer. "Our goal in compiling this document was to provide you with the best information available about the challenges you will confront as governor," Wood said.

Among the recommendations presented in the report included:

Implement the funding goal of investing a minimum of 51 percent of all new revenues to education and workforce training and immediately appointing a Deputy Governor for Education.

Pass a "15-20-Life" law to create tough sentencing enhancements for criminals who threaten, injure or kill their victims with guns.

Aggressively work to reduce the congestion on roadways through various expansion projects, with a priority placed on the "Hillside Strangler" bottleneck in the Western Suburbs of Chicago.

Introduce a budget that does not increase state taxes but forces state government to live within existing state resources.

Initiate a full-scale Statewide Performance Review - chaired by Lt. Governor Wood - to identify and eliminate programs and regulations that have outlived their usefulness.

The report was the result of meetings of the 13 transition committees, which together had input from nearly 400 members representing a cross section of the state. Each committee was assigned to look at one policy area and pay particular attention to the initiatives Ryan pledged to pursue in his 11 position papers during the campaign. "After many hours of deliberation in which a wide range of opinions were heard, we were able to distill a lot of information into this report," Wood said .

Each committee outlined their mission, identified the issues in the area they were looking at and presented an action plan. "I recognize that not everything you see in this report is going to come to pass. But we're going to do our best to follow this plan and keep our pledges and promises," Ryan said.


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