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1999


April 29, 1999
GOVERNOR'S HOG FARM PROPOSAL APPROVED BY HOUSE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's proposal for the zoning and operation of large-scale hog farms was unanimously approved today by the Illinois House.


April 29, 1999
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES HOUSE COMMITTEE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's plan to attract new, high-paying jobs to Illinois today unanimously passed the House Revenue Committee.


April 28, 1999
GOVERNOR'S "CAP" PROPOSAL APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATURE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's "Child Access Prevention" proposal requiring the safe storage of unsupervised firearms around children was approved today by the Illinois House.


April 26, 1999
RYAN MAKES APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of former Senate President Philip J. Rock as the chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.


April 26, 1999
SANDOVAL NAMED TO METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT OF GREATER CHICAGO
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of United States Environmental Protection Agency official Martin A. Sandoval to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago


April 22, 1999
GOVERNOR'S OPEN LAND TRUST PROPOSAL APPROVED BY HOUSE COMMITTEE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's "Open Land Trust" initiative to acquire and protect open space for future generations was unanimously approved today by the House Urban Revitalization Committee.


April 22, 1999
RYAN'S 15-20-LIFE PROPOSAL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY HOUSE COMMITTEE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's "15-20-Life" proposal to create tougher sentences for criminals who threaten their victims with guns, unanimously passed the House Judiciary Committee today.


April 21, 1999
GOVERNOR OBSERVES EARTH DAY AT GRAIN FARM, ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS
PEKIN -- Governor George H. Ryan kicked off Earth Day observances during a visit to a grain farm in Tazewell County and announced his support for supplemental federal funding to keep the Natural Resource Conservation Service from shutting down.


April 21, 1999
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR GEORGE H. RYAN
On behalf of the people of the State of Illinois, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies, our prayers and our support to the people of Littleton, Colorado; and especially to the families of those killed or wounded at Columbine High School...


April 20, 1999
LARGE SCALE LIVESTOCK LEGISLATION PASSES HOUSE COMMITTEE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that legislation governing the construction of large livestock facilities has passed the House Agricultural Committee and will move on for consideration by the full House.


April 19, 1999
RYAN ANNOUNCES $364,000 GRANT TO THE CITY OF PERU
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the City of Peru has been awarded a state grant of $364,000 for road, sewer and water line projects needed for the construction of a new United Steel Deck, Inc. manufacturing plant.


April 16, 1999
RYAN ANNOUNCES NEARLY $3 MILLION IN ITP GRANTS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $2.84 million in Industrial Training Program funds to upgrade the skills of some 13,000 Illinois employees.


April 15, 1999
RYAN RELEASES 1998 INCOME TAX RETURNS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today made public their federal and state income tax returns for 1998.


April 15, 1999
GOVERNOR'S CHILD ACCESS PREVENTION PROPOSAL APPROVED BY HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the Illinois House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved his "Child Access Prevention" plan to require the safe storage of firearms.


April 15, 1999
GIDWITZ NAMED STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIR
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Chicago businessman Ronald J. Gidwitz as the chair of the Illinois State Board of Education


April 13, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN GRANTS AND LOANS TO MARION FOR CIRCUIT CITY DISTRIBUTION CENTER
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $2 million package of grants and loans to assist the City of Marion with infrastructure improvements for a new Circuit City Midwest distribution center.


April 13, 1999
RYAN ANNOUNCES COOPERATIVE EFFORT TO SAVE 930 ILLINOIS' JOBS
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the nation's largest manufacturer of work uniforms has abandoned plans to close its two Chicago-area factories and instead will create 200 to 300 new jobs over the next three years.


April 12, 1999
GOVERNOR EXPANDS KIDCARE ENROLLMENT EFFORTS
GOVERNOR EXPANDS KIDCARE ENROLLMENT EFFORTS


April 9, 1999
GOVERNOR DECLARES CASS AND HANCOCK COUNTIES DISASTER AREAS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Ryan today declared Cass and Hancock counties disaster areas as a result of a severe weather system that moved through west central Illinois inflicting heavy damage to homes and businesses.


April 5, 1999
RYAN ANNOUNCES GRANT TO CITY OF GILLESPIE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the city of Gillespie will receive a $245,000 grant from the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) to help revive the operation of a defunct cabinet-making company and restore 35 jobs.


April 1, 1999
EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY RECEIVES FUNDS FOR TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Eastern Illinois University will receive $441,400 for technology enhancements that will provide support for an updated curriculum.


April 1, 1999
RYAN NAMES ROBERT C. WINCHESTER DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today appointed Robert C. Winchester as Deputy Chief of Staff to oversee issues pertaining to Southern Illinois.

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