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July
1999


July 30, 1999
Governor Signs Legislation To Require Background Checks For The Purchase Or Transfer Of Firearms
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that requires the Illinois State Police to perform federal background checks on the purchase or transfer of firearms in Illinois, a procedure the agency has been completing unofficially for several months.


July 30, 1999
Ryan Convenes Community Forums, Releases New Brochure On Y2K
SPRINGFIELD -- In honor of "Year 2000 Preparedness Day," Governor George H. Ryan detailed part of his public awareness plan to keep Illinoisans informed about state government Y2K issues.


July 29, 1999
Governor Signs Legislation To Combat Animal Cruelty; Strengthen Drug Laws
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed two new laws to combat cruelty against animals.


July 29, 1999
Governor Ryan Petitions President Clinton For Heat Relief Funds
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in requesting federal assistance for emergency heat relief funding.


July 28, 1999
Governor Announces Advanced System To Monitor Medicaid, KidCare To Raise Efficiency, Reduce Fraud
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state will build an advanced computer system to manage Illinois' $6 billion medical assistance programs.


July 27, 1999
Governor Announces Assistance For Laid-Off Marissa Mine Workers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that state officials have begun efforts to assist the roughly 400 mine workers who will be affected when the Marissa Mine in Southern Illinois closes in October.


July 26, 1999
Governor Signs Bills To Combat The Effect Of Domestic Violence; Strengthen DUI Prosecutions; Help Illinois Farmers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has signed legislation that expands Illinois' domestic violence laws by allowing judges to require people convicted of domestic battery to pay for the counseling of children who witnessed the abuse if the witnesses are the children of the abuser or the victim.


July 26, 1999
Ryan Signs Bill Outlawing "Straw Purchases" Of Guns
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed a bill to outlaw the so-called "straw purchase" of firearms that received widespread attention with the Colorado student massacre and Illinois hate crime shooting spree occurring earlier this month.


July 26, 1999
Ryan Announces "Wednesday's Child" National Adoption Initiative
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today recognized Illinois' leading role in matching state wards with permanent, adoptive families by helping launch the Wednesday's Child adoption initiative in partnership with the Freddie Mac Foundation and the NBC Television Network.


July 26, 1999
Ryan Makes Appointments To Boards And Commissions
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the designation of Anne R. Taylor as the Chairperson of the Prisoner Review Board.


July 23, 1999
Governor Signs Legislation To Boost College Student Awards
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has signed legislation that boosts the maximum award for college students under the state's Monetary Award Program by about 5 percent, to more than $4,500 a year.


July 23, 1999
Governor George H. Ryan Signs Tollway Reform Legislation, Appoints Board Member Arthur Philip As Next Chairman
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed two bills designed to continue reforms at the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) and announced 13-year Toll Highway Board member and Finance Committee Chairman Art Philip to be the next Authority Chairman.


July 23, 1999
Governor Testifies In Support Of Illinois Ethanol
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today told a House Policy Committee 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.


July 23, 1999
Governor Announces $6 Million Grant For Ford Training Center
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the construction of a state-of-the-art automotive training center in Chicago Heights to be operated jointly by the State of Illinois, the United Auto Workers and the Ford Motor Company.


July 23, 1999
Ryan, CTA Dedicate First Urban Ethanol-Powered Bus Fleet
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan joined the Chicago Transit Authority in dedicating the first fleet of urban transit buses in the country powered by E-15 Oxygenated Diesel, a blend of ethanol and diesel fuel that shows strong support for Illinois agriculture and a cleaner environment.


July 22, 1999
Governor Ryan Signs Bills To Fight Internet Crimes Against Children, Home Repair Fraud And To Notify Crime Victims
CHICAGO-- Governor George H. Ryan signed into law bills which will help Illinois law enforcement crack down on sex criminals who victimize children over the internet, protect consumers from home repair fraud and create a statewide notification system for crime victims and witnesses to be informed when convicted criminals are released.


July 21, 1999
Governor Signs "Open Land Trust" Legislation; Largest Open Space Acquisition And Preservation Program In Illinois' History
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today enacted his landmark "Open Land Trust," an initiative designed to help communities acquire and protect open space for future generations.


July 20, 1999
Ryan Approves Consumer Protection Bill; Supports Tuition Disclosure For Undergraduate Students
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation preventing telemarketers and automatic dialers from using caller identification blocking of their names and telephone numbers.


July 20, 1999
Governor Awards $109,837 To Plug Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded $109,837 from Fiscal Year 1999 budget allocations to 12 landowners to expedite the plugging of 36 abandoned oil and gas wells in Illinois.


July 16, 1999
Ryan Approves Deal Between Commonwealth Edison And Municipalities, Upholds DUI Penalties, Expands ISAC Scholarship Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation allowing municipalities served by Commonwealth Edison to require the utility to inform local police and fire departments before it may imposes a "rolling blackout." A rolling blackout is a planned power outage most likely to occur during summer heatwaves when demand for air conditioning is high.


July 16, 1999
Ryan Signs Tougher DUI Legislation
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed four bills that implement tougher penalties for people convicted of drunk driving and provides the Illinois law enforcement community new tools to combat alcohol related violence.


July 15, 1999
Ryan Signs Legislation Addressing Domestic Abuse, Drug Abuse and Sexual Abuse Crimes
WHEATON -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed 12 crime bills keeping his pledge to address the root causes of violence in society which include domestic abuse, drug abuse and sexual abuse.


July 14, 1999
Ryan Signs Law To Eliminate 'Double Whammy' In School Formula
MIDLOTHIAN -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that fixes an on-going and expensive problem within the state aid formula that creates a "double whammy" for school districts in certain parts of the state that this year will cost districts more than $50 million.


July 14, 1999
Hate Crimes Commission Convenes, Sets Action For Autumn
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today instructed the state's first-ever Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes to prepare a package of recommendations and strategies within the next few weeks to help law enforcement, schools, local governments and community groups combat hate-based violence.


July 13, 1999
Ryan Releases Health Grants To Aid In Prevention Of Osteoporosis, Breast Cancer and Other Illnesses
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the awarding of $2 million in grants and research fellowships that address issues faced by women including osteoporosis, breast cancer and other health-related illnesses.


July 13, 1999
Ryan Announces Federal Approval Of State Program For Persons With Developmental Disabilities
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the renewal of Illinois' Medicaid home and community-based services program, which helps the Peoria-based Family Support Network and other facilities in the state.


July 13, 1999
Governor Signs Legislation Honoring Late-Senator Penny Severns; Approves Other Cancer-Related Initiatives
DECATUR -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation renaming the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund after Penny Severns, the late State Senator from Decatur.


July 13, 1999
Governor Signs Large-Scale Livestock Legislation
PEORIA -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed landmark legislation establishing guidelines for the zoning and operation of large-scale hog farms.


July 13, 1999
Governor Signs Bill Redefining Illinois' Prevailing Wage Rates
MT. STERLING -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation to help stabilize wages and level the playing field for laborers throughout Illinois.


July 13, 1999
Ryan Creates New Metropolitan Park and Recreation Districts
GRANITE CITY -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation authorizing the creation of several new metropolitan park and recreation districts. The new districts will interconnect trails and parks for biking, walking and other outdoor recreational activities with similar districts in Missouri.


July 12, 1999
Ryan Announces New User-Friendly Home Page For Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled the State of Illinois new Internet home page that highlights Illinois as a "pathway to history ... portal to the future." The home page can be accessed at www.state.il.us.


July 12, 1999
Ryan Signs Legislation To Strengthen Teacher Certification
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that requires teachers every five years to formulate a professional development plan to expand their knowledge and keep them current in their education as part of the renewal of their teaching certificate.


July 12, 1999
Governor Signs Legislation Providing Improvements For McCormick Place And Navy Pier
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation allowing the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) to make needed capital improvements designed to keep and attract major trade shows to Illinois and to maintain the world-class status of Chicago's McCormick Place and Navy Pier.


July 9, 1999
Governor Appoints Colonel David Harris As Adjutant General
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today appointed Colonel David Harris, a 20-year veteran of the Illinois National Guard and a former state legislator, as Illinois' new Adjutant General in charge of the Department of Military Affairs.


July 6, 1999
Ryan Names Culloton Deputy Press Secretary
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Dennis Culloton as Deputy Press Secretary.


July 2, 1999
Ryan Announces Record Numbers Of Illinoisans Are Leaving State Welfare Rolls For Work
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that nearly 100,000 Illinoisians have successfully moved from welfare to work over the past two years.


July 2, 1999
Travel And Tourism Spending In Illinois Sets New Record
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that consumer spending on travel and tourism in Illinois hit a record level of nearly $21 billion in 1998, according to the U.S. Travel Data Center. Travel-related expenditures in the state jumped by 7.5 percent, more than double the national average of 3 percent.


July 1, 1999
Ryan Announces $400 Million IN Grants To Aid School Construction Projects In 85 Districts
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced nearly $400 million in state grants to school districts for new facilities to reduce student overcrowding and replace aged and crumbling buildings.


July 1, 1999
Historic Budget Balance Creates Opportunity For Rainy Day Fund
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan said today that the record year-end general funds balance of $1.35 billion for Fiscal Year 1999 gives the General Assembly an opportunity to create a "rainy day fund" without changing any budget plans for Fiscal Year 2000.

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