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August
1999


August 31, 1999
Ryan Opens Office For Southern Illinois
MARION -- Governor George H. Ryan today officially opened a new Office of the Governor in Williamson County to better serve the people of Southern Illinois and to aggressively promote economic development throughout the region.


August 31, 1999
Ryan Opens New Visitors' Center At Giant City State Park
MAKANDA - Governor George H. Ryan cut the ribbon and opened a new visitors' center at the Giant City State Park that is designed to help tourism grow at the park and throughout Southern Illinois.


August 31, 1999
Ryan Tours Vinyards To Promote Illinois' Growing Wine Industry
COBDEN - Governor George H. Ryan today sampled the wines of the Owl Creek Vinyard to showcase the growing number of vinyards and wineries in Illinois - a rejuvenated industry that is drawing tourists into Illinois.


August 31, 1999
Ryan Awards Grant To Expand Murphysboro "School-In-A-School"
MURPHYSBORO - Governor George H. Ryan today awarded a $240,000 grant to help expand Murphysboro High School's "Positive Action for Continuing Education" program that helps at-risk students complete their education.


August 31, 1999
Southern Illinois Child Development Center Receives Midwest Award
DUQUOIN -- Governor George H. Ryan today praised the Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council Head Start Program and the ABC Child Development Center for an award the partnership received from The Head Start Quality Network and Ohio State University.


August 28, 1999
Record Adoption Numbers Earn Illinois National Lead
DUQUOIN -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced record breaking numbers for Illinois' adoption program making the state a national leader in matching state children with permanent, adoptive families.


August 24, 1999
Illinois Ranks Fourth Nationally For High-Tech Growth; Workforce Bureau To Oversee $1 Million In High Tech Training
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for high-tech growth by the American Electronics Association (AEA). The ranking appeared in the August issue of Business Facilities magazine.


August 23, 1999
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Announces Expansion Of Teen Reach Program To Boys And Girls Clubs Statewide
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) will provide $5 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Illinois Alliance for after-school programs serving youth in low-income communities.


August 21, 1999
Ryan Marks Park District Conservation Day With Grants For Parks
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan marked Park District Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair by awarding $464,000 in Illinois FIRST grants to park districts throughout the state for the construction of playgrounds, jogging paths, bike trails and other projects that will improve recreational areas.


August 20, 1999
Governor Freezes Property Taxes For Veterans Groups
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today finalized bill action from the 1999 legislative session by easing the financial burden on chartered veterans organizations with a property tax freeze.


August 20, 1999
Illinois State Police, UPS Deliver Food To First Lady
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today received a carload of food from the Illinois State Police and a truckload of food from United Parcel Services for the "4-H CAN Make a Difference" Food Drive and Fundraiser.


August 19, 1999
Child Support Legislation Makes Parents Pay And Puts Kids First
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation preserving grandparents' visitation rights and creating an act to make non-payment of support a felony


August 19, 1999
Ryan Names Six To Council On Developmental Disabilities
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan announced the appointment of six members to the Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities.


August 19, 1999
Governor Signs Landmark Patients' Bill of Rights Legislation
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today signed landmark legislation creating an HMO Patients' Bill of Rights, an act that levels the playing field by giving them a greater say in their health care while allowing HMOs to keep health care costs low.


August 18, 1999
Ryan Signs College Savings Program Bill To Help Pay Tuition
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today approved legislation initiated by Treasurer Judy Barr Topinka to expand the state's efforts to help more students attend college and trade schools.


August 17, 1999
Governor Ryan, Mayor Daley Welcome Classy Cows To The State Fair
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley today toured various exhibits at the Illinois State Fair, including the city's popular "Parade of Cows" and other offerings that bring rural and urban Illinois together.


August 17, 1999
Ryan Calls For Action To Help Illinois Farmers In Crisis
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled a statewide plan to help 79,000 farms in Illinois that face a sinking agriculture economy and called on the United States Congress and the federal Department of Agriculture to create an aid package that will help farm families overcome this crisis.


August 16, 1999
Governor Ryan Signs International Tourism Fund Bill
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today helped open the International Hardware Trade Show by enacting the state's new International Tourism Fund , an act which will pump $9 million into the international marketing efforts of tourism bureaus around the state.


August 15, 1999
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Launches Recycled "Treasure Trunks"
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today helped prepare Illinois for America Recycles Day by launching two "treasure trunks" containing recycled-content products as they began a statewide journey from the Illinois State Fair.


August 14, 1999
Ryan Uses High Tech To Open Brookfield Zoo's Salt Creek Exhibit
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today electronically "cut" the ribbon for a new exhibit at Brookfield Zoo from the Illinois State Fair's "Tech Town" -- opening the zoo's "Salt Creek Wilderness."


August 14, 1999
Governor Signs Bill To Strengthen Tourism Industry
CATERVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that will strengthen Illinois' $21 billion tourism industry.


August 13, 1999
Ryan Signs Safe Schools Bill; Allows Fines For Abandoned Cars
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation to require schools to complete safety assessment surveys and develop safety plans.


August 12, 1999
Ryan Announces Internet Access To Database Of Licensed Professionals
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a feature on the worldwide web which makes available state licensing records held by doctors, nurses, cosmetologists and 43 other professional groups.


August 11, 1999
Governor Approves Economic Development Package; Follows Through On Campaign Pledge
GREENVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation designed to level the economic development playing field with other states and attract new, high-paying jobs to Illinois.


August 11, 1999
Governor Signs "Melissa's Law" Victim's Rights Bill
KANKAKEE -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation to extend the statute of limitations on sexual assault crimes for victims, including those who were under 18 years old at the time of the offense.


August 11, 1999
Governor Ryan Signs Bill Reforming Tax Increment Finance Law
Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation reforming the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Law which will ensure job-creating retail, residential and industrial projects will be created in future TIFs, increase oversight of the projects and control administrative costs.


August 10, 1999
Ryan Signs Legislation To Help Illinois' Growing Wine Industry

ROSELLE - Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that will aid the growing number of vinyards and wineries in Illinois - a rejuvenated industry that is drawing tourists into Illinois.


August 10, 1999
Ryan Signs Legislation Requiring Local Involvement In 'KidCare'
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today marked "KidCare Month" in Illinois by signing two new laws that require state government to interact with local governments, schools, businesses, labor unions, congregations and community organizations to help increase enrollments in the state's health insurance program for children.


August 6, 1999
Ryan Proposes Changes In Railway Crossing Delay Bill
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today took a step toward improved rail safety in Cook County by suggesting changes in legislation that makes it illegal for stopped trains to block railway crossings in Cook County for extended periods during rush hour traffic.


August 5, 1999
New Official Highway Maps Released
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today the release of the new highway maps for 1999-2000 featuring two map covers and a special large print, easy-to-read edition.


August 5, 1999
Governor Announces $267,000 In Tourism Matching Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced nearly $267,000 in Tourism Private Sector Grants to assist two Illinois organizations manage the cost of attracting and hosting major events.


August 5, 1999
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Chairs 4-H Charity, Raffles John Deere Tractor
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today received a John Deere lawn tractor from Agriculture Director Joe Hampton for the 4-H CAN Make a Difference Food Drive and Fundraiser.


August 3, 1999
Ryan Signs Legislation For Cancer Patient Treatments
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation requiring insurance companies to offer the option of coverage for "investigational" cancer treatments, which would include routine care in connection with clinical trials.


August 3, 1999
Governor Acts On Drug Review Panel Legislation
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. George H. Ryan today amendatorily vetoed legislation approved this spring that would have stripped a state panel of its authority to evaluate generic drugs to be substituted for name-brand drugs and clarified the group's role.


August 3, 1999
Ryan Signs Legislation To Strengthen Charter School Laws
PALATINE -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that remedies several problems with current law regarding the finances and accountability of charter schools in Illinois.


August 2, 1999
Ryan Signs New Laws To Battle Methamphetamine
CAMBRIDGE -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation to strengthen the state's effort to wipe out the manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamines in Illinois.


August 2, 1999
Ryan Announces Initial Illinois FIRST Grant To Improve Police Communications Systems
ORLAND PARK - Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $500,000 Illinois FIRST grant for the Orland Park Police Department to upgrade its communication system, the first installment of a larger $25 million program to modernize police communications statewide.


August 2, 1999
Ryan Signs 15-20-Life Law To Crack Down On Illegal Gun Use
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed his "15-20-Life" proposal to toughen sentences for criminals who use guns during felony crimes: returning to the Humboldt Park neighborhood where he first proposed the measure last year.

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