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1999


October 29, 1999
Governor And First Lady Host Halloween At Executive Mansion
Governor and Mrs. Ryan will welcome a parade of ghosts, super heroes, ballerinas and more as elementary school children show off their costumes at the Illinois Executive Mansion on Sunday, October 31, 1999.


October 29, 1999
Charleston/Mattoon To Participate In FEMA Disaster Preparedness Project
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Illinois will expand its partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the effort to prevent damage and loss of life caused by natural disasters in the communities of Charleston and Mattoon.


October 27, 1999
Ryan Quotes President Lincoln To Find Common Ground With Educators; Delivers School Supplies To Cuban Students
HAVANA, CUBA -- On the final day of Illinois' humanitarian mission to the Republic of Cuba, Governor George H. Ryan returned from his visit with a Cuban child in need of medical attention and encouraged the Cuban people to see the common issues facing Illinoisans and Cubans instead of the differences.


October 26, 1999
Governor Announces $78,000 Federal Grant For Women In Trades
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Chicago Women in Trades will receive a $78,579 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Program.


October 26, 1999
Governor Announces $3 Million In Cancer Prevention Health Grants
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan and Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood today announced the award of $3.08 million in grants to local health departments and health care providers that will help expand programs offering free or reduced costs for mammograms and other health care services.


October 26, 1999
Governor and Mrs. Donate Medical Supplies
HAVANA, CUBA - Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today toured a children's hospital and donated medical supplies to help improve the condition of healthcare available.


October 25, 1999
Governor Announces 1999 Community Development Assistance Program Housing Rehabilitation Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced 29 communities will share $7 million in 1999 Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) Housing Rehabilitation grant awards.


October 25, 1999
Ryan Visits Children's Hospital; Donates Medical Supplies
HAVANA, CUBA -- Governor George H. Ryan today presented medicine and medical supplies donated by Illinois businesses to the William Soler Children's Hospital in Havana. The hospital tour was part of a four-day humanitarian mission to Cuba led by Ryan, the first sitting U.S. governor to visit Cuba in more than 40 years.


October 24, 1999
Governor Ryan Tours Historic Old Havana
HAVANA, CUBA -- Governor George H. and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today toured Historic Old Havana on their first full day of the Humanitarian Mission to Cuba.


October 23, 1999
Ryan Begins Historic Humanitarian Mission To Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba - Governor George H. Ryan today became the first sitting U.S. governor to visit Cuba in more than 40 years, leading an historic humanitarian mission from Illinois that will exchange ideas, encourage goodwill and deliver donated food, medicine, clothing and school supplies to the people of the island.


October 22, 1999
Ryan Announces Decision On National Coal Museum
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today the state will not invest in the ailing National Coal Museum in West Frankfurt. Ryan made the decision after reviewing a feasibility report from the Task Force on the National Coal Museum that was formed to study the issue.


October 21, 1999
Governor Ryan And First Lady Name Futures For Kids Advisory Panel; Award DHS Grants Totaling $17 Million
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan and Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the formation of an advisory panel to work with her "Futures for Kids" initiative.


October 19, 1999
Ryan Takes Steps To Correct Child Support Payment Problems; State Will Issue Emergency Checks To Parents
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced that emergency state funds will be dispersed to any parents and children who are facing hardships because their October child support payments have not arrived on time.


October 19, 1999
License Granted; Ryan Sets Historic Cuba Trip For October 23-27
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan and state Rep. Edgar Lopez, D-Chicago, announced today that the U.S. Treasury Department has granted the State of Illinois a license for an historic humanitarian mission to the Republic of Cuba, a trip scheduled for October 23-27.


October 18, 1999
College Illinois! Governor Ryan Kicks Off Enrollment
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today launched the second enrollment period for College Illinois!, the state's prepaid tuition program, with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.


October 13, 1999
Ryan Urges President Clinton To Sign Legislation To Provide Aid For Illinois Farmers
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today asked President Clinton to sign legislation that would provide more than $450 million in aid to farmers and producers throughout Illinois.


October 13, 1999
Ryan Announces OSHA Awards Recipients
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $359,000 in grants from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct safety and health training programs in Illinois.


October 12, 1999
Ryan Signs Executive Order Calling For Diversified Workforce
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today reaffirmed his commitment to a qualified and diversified workforce for Illinois State government.


October 12, 1999
Governor Announces State Loan Program Passes Billion Dollar Mark
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Illinois has topped the $1 billion mark in low interest loans to fund drinking water and wastewater treatment projects.


October 8, 1999
Ryan Schedules Humanitarian Trip To Cuba
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan said today he has accepted an invitation to visit Cuba and has applied to lead a groundbreaking humanitarian mission in the near future to build bridges between the people of Illinois and Cuba.


October 7, 1999
Governor Makes Appointments To Boards And Commissions
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Staci M. Yandle to the Illinois Gaming Board.


October 6, 1999
Ryan Names Winners Of 1999 Governor's Awards For The Arts
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan announced today the winners of the 1999 Governor's Awards for the arts, recognizing the contributions made by individuals and organizations to encourage excellence in the arts and to support the arts growth in Illinois.


October 6, 1999
Governor Announces Child Welfare Demonstration Waiver for DCFS -- Waiver Strengthens DCFS Ability To Reunite Families
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted Illinois a child welfare demonstration waiver to provide enhanced alcohol and drug abuse support services to Cook County families involved with the Department of Children & Family Services.


October 5, 1999
Ryan Commends IBHE On Approval Of UIS Capital Scholars Program
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today announced an agreement by the Illinois Board of Higher Education giving unanimous support to the Capital Scholars Program at the University of Illinois-Springfield for incoming freshmen in 2001.


October 5, 1999
Governor Announces Tellabs Expansion Along HighTech Corridor; 2,300 Jobs Created In Naperville
LISLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Tellabs is expanding along Illinois' high-tech corridor in Dupage County, investing $75 million in the Naperville area and creating as many as 2,300 new jobs.


October 5, 1999
Ryan Recommends New Tollway Executive Director, Board Members
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today recommended to the Illinois Toll Highway Authority that Thomas S. Cuculich be named the Authority's new executive director and nominated four members to the Tollway Board.


October 4, 1999
Ryan Announces Transportation Enhancement Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced an additional $36 million in transportation enhancement projects to communities throughout the state.


October 1, 1999
Agencies Perform Statewide Drill To Prepare For Y2K
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced that his Office of Technology and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency led state agencies through a drill designed to better prepare for potential problems related to the "Y2K bug" and to help agencies review procedures, performance and staffing concerns that may arise.


October 1, 1999
Ryan Announces Sewer, Water and Watershed Project Funding
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that funding has been approved to provide a sewage treatment plant and sewer system for a currently unsewered village, refurbish two public drinking water systems, and support the control of pollution in the East Branch of the DuPage River watershed.

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