GOVERNOR HIGHLIGHTS NEW WATER FACILITY DURING ILLINOIS FIRST TOUR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2000
NORTH RIVERSIDE - Governor George H. Ryan today marked the one-year
anniversary of the Illinois FIRST program by officially announcing a
$3.5 million project to establish a new water storage facility that
will serve Riverside and North Riverside.
"Over the past year, Illinois FIRST has made a big difference in
communities just like these," Ryan said. "We have been able to improve
water and sewer systems, roads and our schools."
Joined by Rep. Bill O' Connor and Sen. Tom Walsh, Governor Ryan
announced a $2 million Illinois FIRST grant will be issued to Riverside
through the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs and the Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency. The Illinois Environmental Protection
Agency also will issue a $1.5 million grant to North Riverside. The
grant funds will be used to help build a new water storage facility
and connect the water systems of both communities. This will provide
increased and reliable reserve for potable water and fire protection.
On May 4, 1999, Ryan proposed Illinois FIRST before a joint session
of the General Assembly. Later that month, the initiative was approved
by both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate.
On June 15, Ryan signed Illinois FIRST into law.
Illinois FIRST, a Fund for Infrastructure, Roads, Schools and Transit,
was developed by Governor Ryan to build, repair and upgrade the unmet
critical infrastructure needs facing the citizens of Illinois. Included
in the $12 billion package is a total of $4.1 billion dollars for the
construction and repair of roads, highways and bridges, as well as railroad
crossing safety, high-speed rail preparation and air transportation
Another $4.1 billion is being invested in Illinois' deteriorating public
transit system, while the state's School Construction Program has been
doubled under Illinois FIRST, providing $2.2 billion to help local school
districts build new classrooms and upgrade outdated facilities. Also,
a $1.6 million quality of life component will allow Illinois FIRST to
address essential infrastructure needs such as water and sewage treatment
facilities and public safety initiatives.
Ryan recognized the one-year anniversary of the Illinois FIRST
program with a five-city, Illinois FIRST fly-around. Other stops on
the governor's schedule included Chicago where Illinois FIRST will provide
$42 million to the Lake Michigan Shoreline Protection Project. In Rochester,
Ryan announced $39 million project to expand Route 29 from two lanes
to four lanes in Sangamon and Christian counties. In Rock Island, Ryan
toured the new Black Hawk College Technology Center that was made possible
through a $450,000 Illinois FIRST grant. And in Quincy the governor
highlighted the $85 million Illinois FIRST project that will extend
Route 336 from Quincy to Macomb.