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May
1999


May 28, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $559,000 IN TOURISM GRANTS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $559,000 in grants to help 15 local groups develop tourism attractions, including funds to develop a NASA Challenger Learning Center near Marengo and an upgrade of displays at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Interpretive Center


May 28, 1999
GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL CRACKING DOWN ON THE RECKLESS USE OF BOATS AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
ANTIOCH -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation to extend the definition of reckless homicide to include deaths caused by the intentionally reckless operation of watercraft, snowmobiles or all terrain vehicles


May 27, 1999
51% FUNDING PLEDGE FOR SCHOOLS, 'ILLINOIS FIRST', 15-20-LIFE HIGHLIGHT RYAN'S FIRST LEGISLATIVE SESSION
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today praised the General Assembly for working with him during the 1999 spring legislative session to enact a wide-ranging agenda that increases funding for education, initiates a massive re-tooling of the state's infrastructure, enhances public safety, boosts economic development efforts and helps protect the environment.


May 27, 1999
RYAN DEBUTS NEW WEBSITE AND ANNOUNCES Y2K REPORT REVEALS MARKED IMPROVEMENT BY AGENCIES
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released a comprehensive state agency report that shows marked improvement by state government in preparing computers and other systems for conversion to the Year 2000


May 26, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $203,000 IN ITP GRANTS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $203,000 in Industrial Training Program (ITP) funds to upgrade the skills of approximately 240 Illinois workers.


May 21, 1999
DU QUOIN FAIR WELCOMES TRAVIS, FOXWORTHY, HOOTIE AND DOOBIES
DU QUOIN - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the superstar lineup for the 1999 DuQuoin State Fair featuring country music's Randy Travis and Bryan White, comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and rockers Hootie and the Blowfish and the Doobie Brothers.


May 21, 1999
GOVERNOR'S "ILLINOIS FIRST" PROGRAM APPROVED BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's plan to build, repair and upgrade Illinois' critical unmet infrastructure needs was approved today by the Illinois General Assembly.


May 21, 1999
RYAN NAMES COMMISSIONERS ON DISCRIMINATION AND HATE CRIMES PANEL
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the names of 40 members of his Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes.


May 20, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GRANT TO AID DISLOCATED WORKERS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the United States Department of Labor is providing a grant of up to $320,842 to aid 39 workers displaced as a result of the closing of MARWI, USA, Inc. in Olney, Illinois. An initial award of $188,225 is being provided for immediate use.


May 20, 1999
STATE FAIR CONCERTS FEATURE "DOLLS", "REBA," "VEGAS" AND "CLASSICS"
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the star-studded 1999 Illinois State Fair Grandstand lineup, a concert series that features country mega stars Reba McIntire and Randy Travis, pop legend Wayne Netwon and rock 'n roll past and present.


May 19, 1999
GOVERNOR APPOINTS PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR SUMMIT ON AGING
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced the formation of a 16-member committee to begin planning for a Governor's Summit on Aging scheduled for the fall of 1999.


May 19, 1999
RYAN ANNOUNCES LEGISLATORS APPROVE ILLINOIS' HIGH-TECH NETWORK
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today praised the General Assembly for approving the creation of the Illinois Century Network, an initiative that will integrate and expand data, voice and video communications with schools and libraries.


May 18, 1999
RYAN, LEADERS REACH AGREEMENT ON ILLINOIS FIRST FUNDING
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and the four legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a funding mechanism for Ryan's "Illinois FIRST" proposal that will allow the $12 billion, five-year public works initiative to move forward.


May 18, 1999
RYAN'S 15-20-LIFE PROPOSAL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE SENATE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's "15-20-Life" proposal to create tougher sentences for criminals who use guns during felony crimes was approved today by the Illinois Senate and sent to the governor for action.


May 18, 1999
GOVERNOR DECLARES JO DAVIESS COUNTY DISASTER AREA
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today declared Jo Daviess County a disaster area as a result of a severe weather system that moved through Northwestern Illinois on Sunday, May 16, causing flooding throughout the county.


May 18, 1999
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL GETS FINAL APPROVAL FROM GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's "EDGE" tax credit plan to attract new, high-paying jobs to Illinois today received its final stamp of approval from the General Assembly.


May 17, 1999
GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS MAY 18 ILLINOIS MUSEUM DAY
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has proclaimed May 18, 1999 as Illinois Museum Day to recognize museums for their role in enhancing education, promoting cultural development and enriching the quality of life for Illinois citizens.


May 17, 1999
ILLINOIS' WELFARE TO WORK EFFORTS BEST IN NATION
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor for achieving the highest number of welfare-to-work enrollments and placements in the country in a year-old federal program aimed at placing clients who face significant employment barriers.


May 14, 1999
STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS PUSH FOR CONTINUED USE OF ETHANOL
SPRINGFIELD -- State and federal officials from Illinois joined forces today to push for the inclusion of ethanol in the next phase of the Federal Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) Program, a national clean air initiative of vital importance to Illinois agriculture.


May 13, 1999
RYAN PROPOSES NEW STATE POLICE DISTRICT 6 HEADQUARTERS IN PONTIAC
PONTIAC -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that a new Illinois State Police headquarters for District 6 will be located next to the Pontiac Correctional Center -- a command post that will improve efficiency by consolidating several existing State Police offices and functions into one building.


May 13, 1999
RYAN ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 1999 GOVERNOR'S EXPORT AWARDS
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that eight Illinois companies, a college and a Chamber of Commerce were honored with 1999 Governor's Export Awards for outstanding accomplishments in the export of Illinois goods and services around the globe.


May 13, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP DELINQUENT UTILITY CUSTOMERS PAY PAST BILLS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that three Illinois utility companies will each receive up to $1 million dollars in federal grants for demonstration projects designed to partially defray the unpaid bills of low-income customers.


May 13, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES 5-YEAR, $638.6 MILLION AIRPORT PROGRAM, PROVIDING $160 MILLION MORE FOR AIRPORTS THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a five-year, $638.6 million airport improvement program providing $160 million more for capital improvements to promote added efficiency and safety at regional and local airports throughout Illinois.


May 12, 1999
RYAN APPLAUDS HOUSE FOR APPROVAL OF TUITION CREDIT BILL
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today applauded the Illinois House for approving legislation to give a tax break to parents who spend more than $250 a year for tuition and fees for their children's education.


May 12, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $4.1 MILLION IN COAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced that the second round of FY99 coal infrastructure grants, worth $4.1 million, will go to 14 projects designed to help coal companies move Illinois coal to markets throughout the world.


May 10, 1999
RYAN PRAISES FORMATION OF 'ILLINOIS FIRST' COALITION
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today thanked key business officials, labor leaders, environmentalists and key representatives of the state's education community for creating the Illinois FIRST Coalition to help generate support for the governor's proposed public works program.


May 7, 1999
GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS MAY 9 - 15 HISTORIC PRESERVATION WEEK
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has proclaimed May 9- 15, 1999 as Illinois Historic Preservation Week, encouraging all Illinois citizens to enjoy the heritage embodied in their communities' historic properties and to become involved in local preservation programs.


May 6, 1999
CONTEST WINNERS FOR 2000 COAL CALENDAR ANNOUNCED
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today honored the 25 school children whose essays and artwork were chosen to be included in the Illinois Coal Calendar for the year 2000.


May 5, 1999
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL APPROVED BY LEGISLATURE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan's plan to attract new, high-paying jobs to Illinois today unanimously passed the House of Representatives.


May 5, 1999
GOVERNOR'S OPEN LAND TRUST PROPOSAL APPROVED BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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 of Representatives.


May 5, 1999
ILLINOIS SEES DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL TOURISM
SPRINGFIELD - Marking National Tourism Day, Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois recorded a double-digit increase in international overseas visitors last year.


May 5, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $10.5 BILLION, 5-YEAR PROGRAM FOR HIGHWAYS, FEATURING $1.2 BILLION MORE TO REPAIR EXISTING HIGHWAYS, $1.5 BILLION MORE FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced a $10.5 billion, five-year highway program containing $1.2 billion more to repair and resurface existing roads and bridges, and $1.5 billion more to add lanes and build new roads to improve safety, relieve congestion and support development throughout the state.


May 5, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR TORNADO AND STORM DAMAGED AREAS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted his request for federal long-term, low-interest loans in Cass and Hancock counties as a result of tornado and storm damage on April 8.


May 4, 1999
RYAN PROPOSES 'ILLINOIS FIRST, ' A FIVE-YEAR, $12 BILLION PROGRAM TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND THE STATE'S INFRASTRUCTURE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today proposed the creation of Illinois FIRST, a sweeping, $12 billion public works program that will rebuild and expand the state's roads and highways, renovate mass transit systems, repair and enlarge schools and meet the varied needs of local communities as they enter the new millennium.


May 3, 1999
RYAN HAILS ED-FLEX IN ILLINOIS, SUPPORTS PRESIDENT CLINTON FOR SIGNING EXPANSION BILL
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan commended President Bill Clinton for signing the Education Flexibility Partnership Program (Ed-Flex) which allows all 50 states a greater say in the control of federal educational programming.

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