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September
1999


September 30, 1999
Ryan Creates Governor's Office On Literacy
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today capped literacy month by announcing the creation of the Governor's Office on Literacy.


September 30, 1999
Ryan Opens US 67 Jacksonville Bypass
JACKSONVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today officially opened the final section of the US 67 Jacksonville Bypass.


September 30, 1999
Governor Announces Opening Of First Assisted Living Facility
BEARDSTOWN -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the grand opening of Evergreen Place, the state's first Supportive Living Facility operated by the Department of Public Aid under a federal waiver.


September 30, 1999
Ryan Announces New Central Unit For Child Support Payments
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced that all child support and spousal support payments will be handled by a new centralized State Disbursement Unit after October 1, meeting a federal mandate to better coordinate these systems.


September 30, 1999
Governor Awards $57 Million In Bike Path Grants To Local Communities
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today awarded about $57 million to nearly 80 community bicycle path projects, adding hundreds of miles of trails to Illinois' current park system and expanding recreational opportunities in every part of the state.


September 28, 1999
Task Force To Help Plan The Future Of National Coal Museum
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that a 14-member task force composed of mining experts, organized labor, tourism and historic site consultants will tomorrow start an on-site evaluation of the safety, management and viability of the National Coal Museum in West Frankfort.


September 28, 1999
National Youth Physical Fitness Program Announces State Champions
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today the winners of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports "State Champions". Winners were selected based on their achievement in the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Program.


September 24, 1999
President Clinton Gives Illinois Lion's Share of Adoption Funds Illinois Praised for Record-Setting Adoptions
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that President Clinton has granted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services $6.9 million for leading the nation in moving children from foster care into permanent homes.


September 23, 1999
Governor Tells Agencies To 'Get Ready' With 99 Days To Go
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released the latest monthly Y2K status report from state agencies which shows that overall State government is 94 percent complete by function in its preparations for the Year 2000.


September 23, 1999
Governor Announces $45 Million Grant For Welfare-To-Work
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois has received more than $45 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to enhance the state's Welfare-to-Work Block Grant program.


September 21, 1999
Governor Ryan Announce Full Funding Of School Lunch Program
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that for the first time in more than 50 years, the State would fully-fund the School Free Lunch Program providing breakfast and lunch for the 1999-2000 school year. September 19-25 is Illinois School Breakfast Week.


September 21, 1999
Ryan Announces $116 Million In School Construction Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $116 million in state school construction grants to 22 school districts throughout Illinois. Ryan made stops in East St. Louis, Mt. Vernon, Sullivan, Paris and Tinley Park to announce the recipients of this round of the state's school construction grant program.


September 17, 1999
Governor Signs Agreement Expanding Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture adding the LaMoine River watershed in west-central Illinois to the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, expanding efforts to encourage landowners to participate in the long term initiative to restore and protect the Illinois River.


September 17, 1999
Governor Ryan Releases Funds For Rehabilitating Rail Passenger Stations In Galesburg and Effingham
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the release of $200,000 in state funds for rehabilitating rail passenger train stations in Galesburg and Effingham.


September 17, 1999
Governor Ryan Releases Funds For Loves Park Transit System
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today released $117,250 to fund various public transit improvements for the Loves Park Transit System.


September 10, 1999
Ryan Releases $695,000 For Improvements At Illinois Airports
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today approved the release of more than $695,000 in state funds for improvements at airports throughout the state to help meet growing demand for air service and to improve safety.


September 10, 1999
Ryan Awards Funds For KidCare Outreach Efforts
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced awards of nearly $70,000 each to 29 community agencies and organizations for outreach efforts to locate and enroll hard to reach children and pregnant women into Illinois' KidCare Program.


September 9, 1999
Illinois FIRST Funds RTA Discounts For Seniors, Disabled And Students
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $40 million Illinois FIRST grant to subsidize the Regional Transportation Authority's fare discount for disabled persons, senior citizens and students.


September 9, 1999
Ryan Releases Funds For Greater Rockford Airport Improvements
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan approved the release of more than $200,000 for improvements to runways at the Greater Rockford Airport to help accommodate large jets used by United Parcel Service at the company's Rockford sorting facility.


September 9, 1999
Governor Announced Small Business Awards Program
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan announced the creation of the new Governor's Small Business Awards Program, which is being established to celebrate the vital role that small businesses play in maintaining and strengthening the Illinois economy.


September 7, 1999
Nineteen Communities To Receive Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced 19 Illinois rural fire departments and fire protection districts in Illinois will share in more than $76,500 in federal matching funds under the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program.


September 7, 1999
Low Income Households Urged To Apply For Heating Assistance
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announce that Illinois households with disabled or elderly members, and those that are disconnected from their utilities, may now apply for heating assistance through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at locations throughout the state.


September 3, 1999
Governor Announces $300,000 Grant To Restore Galesburg Hotel
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the City of Galesburg is receiving a $300,000 grant that will be used to purchase a hotel and conference center, that once renovated, will create new jobs and help spur further economic development in the community.


September 2, 1999
Ryan Helps Southern Illinois Farming Industry With $10 Million Boost For Aquaculture
DUQUOIN - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state is bolstering its efforts to help the fish farming industry with $10 million in grants through the Illinois Aquaculture Development Fund.


September 2, 1999
Ryan Officially Opens Rend Lake Sport Shooting Complex
REND LAKE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the grand opening of the newly renovated Rend Lake Shooting Complex a project made possible by the new "Open Space Land Trust," an initiative designed to help communities acquire and protect open space for future generations.


September 2, 1999
Ryan Opens State Park Cottages, Repairs Road With $3 Million Grant
CARLYLE - Governor George H. Ryan today announced $3 million grants to expand lodging and improve roads at Eldon Hazlet State Park, while officially opening the first set of cottages available for rent on the western shore of Carlyle Lake.


September 1, 1999
Governor Ryan Opens Historic Martin/Boismenue House
EAST CARONDELET -- Governor George H. Ryan today presided over the official opening of the Pierre Martin/Boismenue House State Historic Site and thanked the private organization for their dedication in restoring the structure.


September 1, 1999
Ryan Releases Funds For Airport Improvements
CAHOKIA -- Governor George H. Ryan approved the release of more than half-million dollars for airport improvements in southern Illinois, including projects at Cahokia- St. Louis Parks Airport and Cairo Regional Airport.


September 1, 1999
Ryan Tours Vinyards To Promote Illinois' Growing Wine Industry
WATERLOO - Governor George H. Ryan today sampled the wines of the Waterloo Winery to showcase the growing number of vinyards and wineries in Illinois - a rejuvenated industry that is drawing tourists into Illinois.


September 1, 1999
Ryan Tours The New Valmeyer And "Rock City Business Complex"
VALMEYER - Governor George H. Ryan toured the proposed new Rock City Business Complex in the quarry of Valmeyer, the village that was relocated and rebuilt with state assistance after the Great Mississippi River flood of 1993.


September 1, 1999
Ryan Praises State-Funded Restoration Project On One Of State's Oldest Buildings
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER -- Governor George H. Ryan today praised the impending state-funded restoration project on one of the state's oldest buildings, the Powder Magazine at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, calling it a major step in preserving Illinois' rich French heritage.


September 1, 1999
Village Of Prairie du Rocher To Receive Capital Development Fund
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER -- Governor George H. Ryan announced that the $1,000,000 in Capital Development Bond funds for partial payment to implement the federal flood protection for the Village of Prairie du Rocher (Randolph County) in cooperation with local units of government.

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