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November
2000


November 30, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN ANNOUNCES STATE OBSERVANCE OF WORLD AIDS DAY
Lights at Capitol and Other State Buildings to be Dimmed in National Observance
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the State Capitol dome lights and the lights at other state buildings will be dimmed on the evening of December 1, in conjunction with the 13th annual World AIDS Day as a visual reminder of Illinois' commitment to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.


November 30, 2000
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.2 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $400,000 to Blackburn College in Carlinville for various infrastructure repairs to buildings and residential halls throughout the college campus.


November 30, 2000
$902,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois


November 30, 2000
$606,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $606,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northwest Suburbs, including $114,000 to the Palatine Park District to help renovate its community center.


November 30, 2000
RYAN: $1.5 MILLION IN ILLINOIS FIRST PROJECTS FOR SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2000 RYAN: $1.5 MILLION IN ILLINOIS FIRST PROJECTS FOR SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,553,700 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $250,000 to the City of Flora to make capital improvements within its industrial park.


November 30, 2000
GOVERNOR RELEASES ILLINOIS FIRST FUNDS FOR VILLA PARK TRANSIT STATION IMPROVEMENTS
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today released $107,000 in Illinois FIRST funds toward the design and construction of pedestrian access improvements at the Metra/Union Pacific Villa Park station.


November 30, 2000
Governor Releases Illinois FIRST Funds for Deerfield Transit Station Pedestrian Bridge
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today released $110,000 in Illinois FIRST funds toward the design of a new pedestrian bridge to replace the worn-out one over Deerfield Road at the Metra Milwaukee District Deerfield station.


November 30, 2000
Illinois Makes Top Grades in National Higher ED Report Card
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Illinois placed first among all the states in the first-ever report card grading higher education across the nation.


November 29, 2000
Ryan: $1.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.4 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $590,000 to the Chicago Park District to develop and construct a new city park on 79th Street between Throop and Ada Streets.


November 29, 2000
Ryan: $715,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $715,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects Lake County, including $500,000 to the Village of Riverwoods to pay for the engineering, construction management and installation of water system interconnections. Approximately one-half of its residents obtain their water from a municipal well and this project will help extend Lake Michigan water to all the residents. The village will contribute $50,000.


November 29, 2000
Ryan: $930,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $930,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Suburban Cook County, including $613,000 to the Berwyn Park District to renovate Freedom Park. The 3.8 acre public facility is under-utilized and in need of modernization to create a more versatile, family-friendly recreational environment. The park district will contribute $1.2 million.


November 29, 2000
Governor Announces Grant to City of Rock Falls to Help National Manufacturing Company Expand
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that a $450,000 grant was awarded to the City of Rock Falls to assist in the extension of their wastewater treatment system, connecting National Manufacturing Company's private wastewater system to the municipal system.


November 29, 2000
Governor Announces Presta Expansion in Danville
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended Krupp Gerlach Company for its plans to expand its Presta Division in Danville. The expansion is anticipated to add 50 new jobs over the next 2 to 3 years.


November 29, 2000
German Company to Open First U.S. Manufacturing Site in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today welcomed Schleifring Medical Systems to Illinois. The German-based company plans to open its first manufacturing facility in the United States in Elgin, resulting in 32 new jobs.


November 29, 2000
Governor Announces Grant for First Phase in Florists' Mutual's New Business Park
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded a $500,000 grant to the City of Edwardsville, to assist Florists' Mutual Insurance Company in developing 39 acres of their 110 acre professional commerce center. The company's site, near Interstate 55, has been plagued with abandoned facilities that will be replaced by a 64,000 square foot headquarters.


November 29, 2000
Ryan Announces Brownfields Redevelopment Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Justice, Palatine, Normal, Lemont and Bartlett are the latest recipients of Illinois Brownfields Redevelopment Grants. The Grants are awarded to the communities to evaluate potential contamination and prepare clean up plans for abandoned or underused industrial and commercials properties.


November 28, 2000
Governor Ryan Signs Executive Order on Team Permitting
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Executive Order #15, an action aimed at improving Illinois' future economic development prospects. Executive Order #15 creates a team approach on environmental permitting, licensing and reporting by state agencies.


November 28, 2000
$1.1 Million In Illinois FIRST Projects For Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.1 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $800,000 to the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging to construct a new facility in Quincy to serve as the Senior Citizens Center. The nonprofit organization provides social, advocacy and nutritional services for senior citizens in six neighboring counties.


November 28, 2000
$1.95 Million In Illinois FIRST Projects For North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.95 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects North Central Illinois, including $1.2 million to the Village of Peoria Heights to complete the widening of Glen Avenue east of Knoxville to the railroad tracks.


November 28, 2000
$3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $1 million to the Newberry Library to fund remodeling and construction that is scheduled to begin in January 2001. The public will benefit from additional space for exhibits and meeting rooms.


November 28, 2000
$1 Million Illinois FIRST Projects for South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the South Suburbs, including $200,000 to the Village of Crestwood to reconstruct Long Avenue from 137th Street to 135th Street.


November 28, 2000
Governor Awards More Than $17 Million to Enhance Illinois Tourism
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $17 million in statewide tourism grants to assist a total of 134 organizations throughout the state. The funds come from four separate tourism-related grant programs administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA).


November 28, 2000
Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment to Hold Third Public Meeting
CHICAGO -- The Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment has announced the second of several meetings to obtain public input into its study of the Capital Punishment system in Illinois. The Commission, appointed by Governor Ryan in March of this year, has been charged by the Governor with reviewing the capital punishment system in Illinois.


November 28, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Opening of New Health Care Clinic
JACKSONVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the opening of a new health care clinic at the Jacksonville Developmental Center (JDC) under the leadership of Dr. Rod C. Curtis, current medical director at JDC. Dr. Curtis is also is on the faculty of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine.


November 28, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Illinois FIRST Grant to Provide Fire Protection for Historic Bridge - Federal funds also awarded for project
Federal funds also awarded for project
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that $24,000 in Illinois FIRST funds and a $96,000 federal grant will be used to purchase a fire alarm and sprinkler system for the Thompson Mill Covered Bridge.


November 27, 2000
$135,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $135,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford area, including $100,000 to the Boone County Council on Aging to help construct a new facility which will house administrative offices, senior center activities and a computer lab.


November 27, 2000
$3.7 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3,743,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $2 million to La Rabida Children's Hospital to increase space for modern treatment rooms and equipment.


November 27, 2000
$190,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $190,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $100,000 to the Village of Roselle to reconstruct and resurface Central Avenue between Rodenburg Road and Roselle Road. The village will contribute $200,000.


November 22, 2000
Governor Appoints Members of Medical Errors Task Force
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that he has appointed 13 people to serve on a medical errors task force to examine various ways to improve the delivery of healthcare service and reduce the possibility of medical errors.


November 21, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN ANNOUNCES $1.5 MILLION FOR SCHOOL HEALTH CENTERS
Funding to come from tobacco settlement money
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $1.5 million to 19 agencies for an expansion of the School-Based/Linked Health Center program administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). The funding is from the tobacco settlement money in the Fiscal Year 2001 budget.


November 21, 2000
Governor Announces 2000 Community Development Assistance Program Housing Rehabilitation Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that 26 communities will share $7 million in 2000 Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) Housing Rehabilitation grant awards.


November 21, 2000
Ryan Urges Illinois Seniors to Take Advantage of Expanded Prescription Drug Coverage
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today encouraged senior citizens and disabled adults who already participate in the Circuit Breaker program to take advantage of the opportunity to apply early to add prescription medication coverage.


November 20, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Illinois Receives $5.3 Million Bonus for Increasing Adoptions
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has been awarded a $5.3 million bonus from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for its success in placing children into adoptive homes.


November 20, 2000
$612,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $612,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the far Northwest Suburbs, including $275,000 to the City of Woodstock to construct the Challenger Learning Center for Science and Technology.


November 20, 2000
$1.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.578 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Chicago, including $250,000 to Aspira to acquire a new building.


November 20, 2000
$741,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $741,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects for North Chicago, including $250,000 to the Museum of Contemporary Art to underwrite educational programs, exhibitions and community outreach programs.


November 20, 2000
$1.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for South Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.555 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in South Chicago, including $500,000 to the City of Blue Island to repair curbs, sidewalks, sewers and to resurface the streets.


November 17, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN LAUNCHES LATINO EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Program aimed at lowering dropout rates among Latino students
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today launched "Project Impact", an education initiative aimed at improving the educational performance and decreasing the dropout rate of Latino students throughout Illinois.


November 16, 2000
Governor Ryan Highlights Learning Technologies
SPRINGFIELD -- In recognition of American Education Week, Governor George H. Ryan today highlighted a variety of ways technology is being used to transform learning across the state.


November 16, 2000
Ryan Awards $111,900 Grant to Kankakee Valley Park District
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Kankakee County will receive a $111,900 tourism grant to light the Kankakee Valley Park District Baseball Diamonds.


November 16, 2000
$2.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.268 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Suburbs, including $550,000 to Wilmette School District 39 to renovate the Wilmette Junior High School Auditorium.


November 16, 2000
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,226,300 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $328,000 to the City of Rock Island Fire Department to purchase twenty thermal imaging cameras.


November 16, 2000
$1.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for South Suburban Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,525,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in South Suburban Chicago, including $275,000 to the City of Hickory Hills to construct a new public safety building for the police department.


November 15, 2000
Governor Ryan Proclaims Teacher Recognition Day
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he has proclaimed Wednesday, November 15 as "Teacher Recognition Day" in Illinois.


November 15, 2000
Governor Ryan Declares International Education Week in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today issued a proclamation declaring November 13 - November 17 International Education Week in Illinois joining a nationwide declaration made by the United State Secretary of Education.


November 14, 2000
RYAN WELCOMES CUBAN INTERESTS CHIEF FERNANDO REMIREZ TO ILLINOIS
Reconvenes delegation one year after historic humanitarian mission to Cuba
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today celebrated the one-year anniversary of Illinois' historic humanitarian mission to Cuba by welcoming to the capital Mr. Fernando Remirez de Estenoz, principal of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., and his wife Patricia.


November 13, 2000
Ryan: $1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,041,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $346,500 to Western Illinois University to renovate and remodel the HyVee building.


November 13, 2000
Ryan: $1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,162,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Suburban Cook County, including $500,000 to the Village of Maywood to complete the second phase of renovations to the existing public pool.


November 13, 2000
Ryan: $417,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Rockford
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $417,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Rockford, including $230,000 to Winnebago Community Unit District 323 to offset the cost of the acquisition of 46 acres of land.


November 13, 2000
Ryan: $1.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.535 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $950,000 to Bureau County to resurface County Highway 16 (Kentville Road).


November 13, 2000
Ryan: $3.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3.160 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $1.4 million to the Village of Brookfield for street and sewer infrastructure improvements.


November 13, 2000
Governor Marks American Education Week With Visit to "Blue Ribbon" School
ITASCA -- Governor George H. Ryan today visited the DuPage County community of Itasca to congratulate the students, teachers and parents of F.E. Peacock Middle School on its recent designation as a "Blue Ribbon School."


November 13, 2000
Governor Proclaims November 15 America Recycles Day in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has proclaimed November 15 as America Recycles Day in Illinois, urging Illinoisans to recycle and make a conscious effort to buy products manufactured using recycled commodities.


November 9, 2000
Illinois FIRST to Help Plug Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois FIRST is helping hundreds of landowners cap abandoned oil and gas wells in southern and central Illinois that often pose environmental and public safety hazards if left unplugged. More than $998,000 in grants will be used to plug 269 abandoned oil and gas wells in 19 counties in downstate Illinois.


November 8, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Additional Funding for Emergency Food and Shelter for the Homeless
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced nearly $1 million in expansion funds for Emergency Food and Shelter programs administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).


November 8, 2000
Ryan: $1.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,665,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $333,000 to the City of Hillsboro to purchase equipment.


November 8, 2000
Ryan: $1.6 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,665,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $300,000 to Niantic Fire Protection District to construct a larger firehouse.


November 8, 2000
Ryan: $717,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $717,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys, including $450,000 to the City of Spring Valley for water and sewer system improvements.


November 8, 2000
Ryan: $1.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.868 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $500,000 to the City of Carbondale to develop a recreation area between two newly built schools.


November 8, 2000
Ryan: $5.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $5.268 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $4,000,000 to the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), to provide affordable housing to low income families in East St. Louis.


November 3, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN AND LT. GOVERNOR WOOD HAIL PASSAGE OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT
Federal funding secured for Illinois Rivers 2020
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan and Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood today praised the passage of the Water Resources Development Act, providing $100 million over three years to fund Illinois Rivers 2020 program.


November 3, 2000
Governor Uses Eight-Stop Tour to Announce Projects That Protect Open Land and Enhance Quality of Life
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan this week visited eight Illinois communities to announce a total of $76.7 million in projects to protect precious open space and acquire and develop new hiking and bicycling trails throughout Illinois.


November 2, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR HISTORIC DOWNTOWN OSWEGO
Local communities receive grants to improve quality of life
OSWEGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $2.2 million to the village of Oswego. A grant for $1.7 million will be used to make improvements to the historic district streetscape and revitalize the downtown area. Another for $510,000 will be used to construct a bike path from Washington Street to the local library.


November 2, 2000
NATIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER TO BE LOCATED IN ALTON
325 new jobs created
ALTON -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that American Water Works Company, Incorporated will locate a national customer service center in Alton, creating 325 new jobs. Although the exact location of the facility is yet to be determined, Alton was selected as the home for the new center following several months of evaluations of possible sites, including Pennsylvania and Indiana.


November 2, 2000
Ryan: $1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,199,100 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $300,000 to the City of Litchfield for construction of a water main.


November 2, 2000
Ryan: $1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago North
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.115 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago North, including $200,000 to Logan Square Neighborhood Association to continue existing after school programs.


November 2, 2000
Ryan: $440,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $440,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $250,000 to JoDaviess County Soil and Water Conservation District to place in public ownership and provide conservation management to approximately 206 acres of pasture and woodland at the east edge of Galena.


November 2, 2000
Governor Announces Funding for Historic Bridge and Other Projects to Enhance Quality of Life
DELAVAN -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $313,000 grant to the city of Delavan for the rehabilitation and reopening of the historic Third Street bridge.


November 1, 2000
Governor Ryan Opens Second Annual Women's Health Conference
ROSEMONT -- Governor George H. Ryan today welcomed attendees to the second annual Illinois Women's Health Conference, Shaping the Future of Women's Health, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.


November 1, 2000
FIRST LADY HOSTS FAMILY READING HOUR
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan hosted several families at the Executive Mansion to celebrate National Family Literacy Day and promote Gov. Ryan's "Illinois Reads" initiative with a special story time.


November 1, 2000
Governor Signs Agreement Expanding Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that he has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture adding 110,000 acres of flood-plain cropland in all or portions of 23 counties in northeast and central Illinois to the areas eligible to participate in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, a major expansion of the state's efforts to encourage landowners to participate in the long term initiative to restore and protect the Illinois River.


November 1, 2000
Governor Announces $1 Million For Kankakee County 911 System
KANKAKEE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $1 million Illinois FIRST grant to upgrade the 911 communications system in Kankakee County.


November 1, 2000
Governor Ryan Awards $2 Million Open Land Trust Grant to Champaign County Forest Preserve District
MAHOMET -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded a $2 million grant through the Open Land Trust program to the Champaign County Forest Preserve District to acquire 358 acres of scenic Sangamon River corridor floodplain containing two large lakes southwest of Mahomet in Champaign County.

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