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June
1999


June 30, 1999
RYAN SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ADVANCE ILLINOIS' ELECTRIC DEREGULATION EFFORTS; PROVIDE TAX RELIEF FOR SENIORS AND STRENGTHEN SEX OFFENDER LAWS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that will benefit consumers by increasing competition among electric utilities, by speeding up residential rate cuts for Commonwealth Edison customers and by establishing a trust fund to support various consumer initiatives, including the Citizens Utility Board.


June 30, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $300,000 GRANT TO FLORA
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the City of Flora has been awarded a $300,000 grant to help McDaniel Transit Co. Inc. build a 56,000-square-foot addition to its warehouse and expand its storage and distribution operations. The expansion is expected to create 30 new jobs.


June 30, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $1.6 MILLION IN ITP GRANTS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $1.6 million in Industrial Training Program (ITP) funds to train nearly 500 new workers and upgrade the skills of approximately 8,200 current workers.


June 30, 1999
RYAN SIGNS LEGISLATION TO IMPLEMENT TOBACCO SETTLEMENT
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation required to implement Illinois' portion of a landmark legal settlement with tobacco companies, an agreement that is expected to bring $9.1 billion to the state treasury over the next 25 years.


June 30, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS BASS QUEST '99 COMING TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IN AUGUST
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced Illinois Bass Quest '99, a professional bass fishing tournament and power boat competition, will be held in Southern Illinois on August 13-15.


June 29, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $1.8 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP PAY UTILITY BILLS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state is bolstering its efforts to help low-income residents pay their energy bills by providing funds to five unique pilot projects, including one that allows participants to eliminate debt by working for a community service organization or attending G.E.D classes.


June 29, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $500,000 IN GRANTS FOR CRITICAL PROJECT PLANNING
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that 22 communities across the state will share $500,000 for the planning of critical sewer and water projects.


June 25, 1999
GOVERNOR RYAN AND MAYOR DALEY ANNOUNCE THE FORMATION OF PULLMAN FACTORY TASK FORCE
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley today announced the formation of a task force comprised of Pullman residents, historic preservationists, economic development specialists, civic and government leaders to help determine the Pullman factory's future and seek funding sources for their recommendations. The task force will be chaired by former Governor James R. Thompson with Allison S. Davis serving as the vice-chair.


June 25, 1999
GOVERNOR SIGNS GAMING LEGISLATION; RECOMMENDS INDUSTRY REFORMS
ROCK ISLAND -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation designed to provide substantial economic benefits to areas throughout Illinois.


June 24, 1999
RYAN SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO EXEMPT HOLOCAUST VICTIMS' REPARATION PAYMENTS FROM STATE TAXES
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced his support of efforts to exempt the survivors and heirs of the victims of the Holocaust from paying state taxes on reparation payments.


June 24, 1999
RYAN ANNOUNCES STATE POLICE GRANTS TO REDUCE JUVENILE CRIME
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Illinois State Police will distribute $1.5 million in special funds to support Juvenile Justice Reform in Illinois.


June 24, 1999
WORKING MOTHER MAGAZINE RATES ILLINOIS AMONG TOP TEN FOR QUALITY CHILD CARE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois has been named one of the 10 best states for child care by Working Mother magazine for improved oversight of child care providers, enhanced quality and expanded caregiver training.


June 23, 1999
GOVERNOR CONGRATULATES 1999 HOME TOWN AWARD WINNERS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today congratulated winners of the 18th annual Governor's Home Town Awards for their many volunteer efforts to improve the quality of life throughout Illinois.


June 23, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $200,000 GRANT FOR PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $200,000 grant to help Plainfield Township Park District develop 30 acres of land into a new community park.


June 22, 1999
RYAN ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF A SOUTHERN ILLINOIS GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the opening of a satellite office in Southern Illinois.


June 22, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $250,000 GRANT FOR CITY OF QUINCY
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the City of Quincy has been awarded a $250,000 grant to rebuild city streets in a project aimed at allowing Kohl Grocer Company to expand. The Illinois food distributor currently employs 90 workers and plans to hire an additional 25 full-time employees after the project is complete.


June 21, 1999
UNIVERSITY STUDY ESTIMATES 191,000 UNINSURED CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR 'KIDCARE'
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released a university study which estimates that 190,783 uninsured children in Illinois are eligible for health coverage under the state's "KidCare" program.


June 18, 1999
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $500,000 GRANT TO PAXTON
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the City of Paxton has been awarded a $500,000 grant to provide a low- interest loan that allows Concrete Technology Inc. to equip a facility it is renovating in the Paxton Industrial Park, creating 70 new jobs. The grant award is from Fiscal Year 1999 state budget allocations.


June 17, 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 Coles and surrounding counties as a result of flooding, tornado and storm damage on June 1


June 17, 1999
RYAN TOURS STATE TO LAUNCH ILLINOIS FIRST
Governor George H. Ryan today continued a four-day tour of Illinois to launch his landmark $12 billion Illinois FIRST program. Ryan is scheduled to visit 36 communities in every part of Illinois and will discuss projects contained in the program that affect local roads and highways, school construction, environmental protection and preservation, sewer and water treatment, life, public safety, community development and technological enhancement.


June 14, 1999
RYAN TOURS STATE TO LAUNCH ILLINOIS FIRST
Governor George H. Ryan today opened a four-day tour of Illinois to launch his landmark $12 billion Illinois FIRST program. Ryan is scheduled to visit 36 communities in every part of Illinois, and will discuss projects contained in the program that affect local roads and highways, school construction, environmental protection and preservation, sewer and water treatment, life, public safety, community development and technological enhancement.


June 14, 1999
'Cargo of Comfort' Mission Delivers PJ Huggabee Bears To Refugee Children In Fort Dix, New Jersey
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today delivered 2,000 PJ Huggabee Bears to help comfort the Kosovo refugee children temporarily living at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Mrs. Ryan was accompanied by representatives of Marshall Field's Department Store and United Parcel Services.


June 11, 1999
Ryan Names State Government Accountability Council
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today named Ed Noha to chair the state's Government Accountability Council which is designed to provide a comprehensive, statewide performance review of key issues involving executive agencies, programs, laws and regulations.


June 10, 1999
Solo Cup To Anchor Redevelopment Of Chicago USX Site
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Solo Cup Company today announced that the firm has agreed to build a new $71 million manufacturing facility on the city's south side, a total $109 million project that will bring 550 jobs to the area and spark redevelopment of the long-vacant USX complex.


June 8, 1999
Governor Creates Illinois Century Network
SUGAR GROVE -- Governor George H. Ryan today created the Illinois Century Network to harness the teaching and research potential of Illinois' technological infrastructure.


June 7, 1999
Governor Signs Child Access Prevention Bill Into Law
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed the landmark Child Access Prevention legislation sending a clear message that unsupervised guns should be safely stored and kept out of the hands of children.


June 7, 1999
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan, Marshall Field's, and UPS Load 'Cargo of Comfort' for Kosovo Refugee Children
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that Marshall Field's Department Store and United Parcel Services (UPS) is joining the Office of the Governor to deliver 2,000 PJ Huggabee bears to the Kosovo refugee children temporarily living at Fort Dix, New Jersey.


June 7, 1999
Governor Announces $150,000 Grant To Morton
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Village of Morton has been awarded a $150,000 grant to meet the infrastructure needs of Air-Land Transportation Services Inc., which is expanding its facility in Morton. Air-Land Transportation Service currently employs more than 200 workers and expects to hire an additional 15 full-time employees after the expansion is complete.


June 4, 1999
Governor Signs 'Safe To Learn' Package Into Law
BENSENVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed landmark legislation proposed by Attorney General Jim Ryan that will take a pro-active approach to prevent violence in Illinois schools and will help keep students safe in classrooms


June 4, 1999
Governor Announces New Community Partnership Initiative To Assist Low Income Families
MARION -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $161,000 in funding for a new statewide Community Partnership Initiative. The new initiative, funded by both the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and the not-for-profit Annie E. Casey Foundation, is designed to assist communities address local needs and issues and help welfare recipients achieve self sufficiency.


June 4, 1999
Ryan Announces More Than $9.5 Million In Low-Interest Water Supply And Sewage Treatment Loans
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $9.51 million in loans from the Water Revolving and Wastewater Loan Revolving Funds to help eight communities upgrade their water treatment and distribution systems, and sewage treatment facilities.


June 3, 1999
Ryan Signs Education Tax Credit
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation creating an income tax credit for families who spend more than $250 a year in fees, expenses or tuition for the education of their children.


June 2, 1999
51% Funding Pledge For Schools Highlights $42.8 Billion Budget
Governor George H. Ryan today signed into law a $42.8 billion state government budget for Fiscal Year 2000, a budget that fulfills -- and surpasses his pledge to dedicate 51 percent of all new state revenues to Illinois schools and workforce training programs.


June 2, 1999
State Effort Lures Sprint PCS and 1,200 New Jobs To Will County
BOLINGBROOK -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Sprint PCS will locate its new Customer Care Center in Bolingbrook, creating 1,200 new high-tech jobs.


June 2, 1999
Governor Declares Coles And Shelby Counties Disaster Areas
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today declared Coles and Shelby counties disaster areas


June 1, 1999
Ryan Establishes Illinois Federal Clearinghouse
WEST CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the creation of the "Illinois Federal Clearinghouse," a comprehensive effort to increase the level of federal money coming to Illinois.


June 1, 1999
Governor Announces $1 Million In Private Sector Tourism Grants; Includes Money For John Deere Classic
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $1 million in Tourism Private Sector Grants to help local governments and not-for-profit organizations manage the cost of attracting and hosting major events.

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