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December
2000


December 28, 2000
Governor Announces Small Business 2001 Summit
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Governor's Small Business 2001 Summit will bring together small business owners for a two-day event held January 23-24, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.


December 27, 2000
$2.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,194,800 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $1.2 million to the Village of Peoria Heights to complete the widening of Glen Avenue from Knoxville east to the railroad tracks.


December 27, 2000
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects For DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.266 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $500,000 to Elmhurst Community Unit School District to develop the plans for additions to York, Edison, Jefferson, Jackson, and Conrad Fischer schools and to upgrade the computer and science labs and art and technology areas at York High School. The district is contributing $77 million.


December 27, 2000
$1.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.821 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $525,000 to the City of Highwood to purchase a new aerial ladder truck with extrication equipment and additional life support equipment.


December 27, 2000
$418,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $418,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $85,000 to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department to purchase new computer equipment and video cameras, allowing the department to perform more effectively and efficiently.


December 22, 2000
ILLINOIS FIRST TO FUND NEW STATE POLICE RADIO SYSTEM
Governor fulfills pledge to start uniform public safety network
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Illinois FIRST Program will provide $25 million for a new statewide police radio communications system to improve public safety.


December 22, 2000
Ryan Announces $50,000 Grant to Aid Water Protection Efforts
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $50,000 grant to the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) to support watershed planning efforts by local entities to improve water quality.


December 22, 2000
$690,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southeastern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $690,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southeastern Illinois, including $100,000 to the Harrisburg Fire Department to purchase a new fire truck.


December 21, 2000
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,270,100 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the far Northwest Suburbs, including $250,000 to Kane County to upgrade the central control center at the Kane County Jail.


December 21, 2000
$2.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,357,200 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $775,000 to Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services to renovate its facility.


December 21, 2000
$1.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,815,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $315,000 to the Jersey Community Unit School District to restore the district's auditorium.


December 21, 2000
Increased LIHEAP Money Allows State to Serve More Low Income Households
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois is receiving an additional $26.6 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) funds from the federal government, which will allow the state to help more families pay their heating bills this winter.


December 20, 2000
Governor Ryan Encourages Illinois' Participation in MADD's National "Tie One on for Safety" Campaign
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today encouraged Illinois citizens to participate in the national "Tie One On For Safety" campaign launched by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).


December 19, 2000
Governor Announces Receipt of a Nearly $17 Million Federal Bonus for Successful Efforts in Helping People Gain Employment
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois will receive $16.9 million as a High Performance Bonus award from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services as a result of ranking as one of the top ten states in the nation for moving people from welfare to work.


December 19, 2000
Department of Human Services Wins Award to Assist Refugees in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Department of Human Services (DHS) was awarded more than $274,000 from a national grant competition to serve Illinois' refugee community. DHS will distribute the grant to the Vietnamese Association of Illinois, the Heartland Alliance and the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center.


December 18, 2000
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS FIRST GRANT FOR CITY OF GENEVA
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced approval of a $281,000 Illinois FIRST grant to the city of Geneva for building an extension of Geneva Drive to serve Millard Refrigerated Services.


December 15, 2000
$1.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,452,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northwest Suburbs, including $400,000 to the Village of Mount Prospect to make improvements to the Central Road corridor from Wolf Road to Arthur Road.


December 15, 2000
$1.6 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.641 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwest Illinois, including $500,000 to the City of Alton for costs associated with the environmental remediation for the Alton Center Business Park.


December 15, 2000
$1.7 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.7 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $500,000 to the Hometown Fire Protection District purchase various emergency equipment and make repairs to its fire station.


December 15, 2000
$1.6 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.6 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $250,000 to the Lake Bluff Library in Lake Forest to construct an addition. The addition will house an expanded children's department, the Vliet Center for local area history, meeting rooms, storage space and an office for library staff.


December 15, 2000
$1.9 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,969,800 Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's South Suburbs, including $325,000 to the Village of Alsip to purchase a new fire truck and related safety equipment.


December 15, 2000
$503,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Fire Protection Districts in Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $503,000 in Illinois FIRST Funding to the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts to purchase thermal imaging cameras for 41 fire protection districts and fire departments in Southwestern Illinois.


December 15, 2000
$715,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $715,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $300,000 to Metra for the remodeling and repairing of the embankments and viaducts along mass transit lines from 47th to 57th streets.


December 14, 2000
Governor Announces Proposed Changes to Great Lakes Water Use
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced proposed changes to an agreement governing Great Lakes water use as a next step forward in protecting the Great Lakes.


December 14, 2000
Gov. Ryan Announces Plan to Combat Predatory Lending
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a multi-faceted plan to curb predatory lending in the State of Illinois, including draft regulations to prevent the abusive practices that cost people their homes.


December 14, 2000
Governor Announces CXM to Expand in Ottawa
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced CXM Incorporated will open a new $6 million manufacturing facility in Ottawa. The Chicago-based manufacturer of extruded brass shapes, precision components, and reclaimer of metals will lease the former Snap-On Tool building in Ottawa.


December 13, 2000
Governor Awards $5 Million for Vehicles to Service Disabled
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George Ryan today announced almost $5 million in grants for the purchase of lift and ramp vehicles for transporting disadvantaged, elderly, and disabled citizens throughout Illinois.


December 13, 2000
Governor Announces Release of Nearly $150,000 in Funds for Illinois Transportation Programs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced nearly $150,000 in transportation grants to help low income workers in Southern Illinois reach their jobs. The grants will be issued through the Department of Human Services (DHS).


December 13, 2000
Governor Announces Illinois FIRST Funds for Patoka Road Improvements
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $212,000 in Illinois FIRST funds has been awarded to help the village of Patoka with improvements of Dickey Pond Road.


December 13, 2000
First Lady Directs Donation of 4,000 Children's Books
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today assisted Tim Hakin, President of Dominick's' Finer Foods, in donating 4,000 new children's books to the Literacy Volunteers of America. The Volunteers will distribute them throughout their volunteer network in Chicago.


December 13, 2000
Governor Announces Four New Illinois Heritage Tourism Projects
COLLINSVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the selection of four new Illinois heritage tourism projects, including the first-ever project aimed at promoting African-American heritage within the state.


December 13, 2000
Governor Ryan Awards Illinois FIRST Grant for New Metra Cars
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today officially announced another Illinois FIRST investment in the region's mass transit system with a $398.6 million commitment to Metra to purchase 300 new passenger coaches over the next five years.


December 12, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission
SPRINGFIELD -- Marking the 197th anniversary of the arrival of the famous expedition at their Illinois winter camp, Governor George H. Ryan today announced that he will form a commission that will prepare Illinois to celebrate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in 2003 - 2004.


December 12, 2000
Heating Assistance Increased for Low Income Households
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the state is increasing the amount of assistance provided this winter to low income Illinois households through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).


December 11, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Largest State Acquisition Ever
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced the state is acquiring more than 16,000 acres of property in Perry County through his Open Land Trust initiative - the largest acquisition of its kind in state history.


December 11, 2000
Governor Ryan Welcomes New Industry to DuQuoin
DUQUOIN -- Governor George H. Ryan today cut the ribbon at the new Metal Plating Products (MPP) plant in the DuQuoin Industrial Park that will bring almost 100 new jobs to the area.


December 8, 2000
$529,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $529,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $227,500 to the LaFayette Community Fire Protection District to purchase a new pumper truck and accommodating equipment to replace its obsolete equipment


December 8, 2000
$3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3,087,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $2 million to the Adler Planetarium to help fund a just completed two-year renovation and expansion. The project included the addition of the Sky Pavilion that houses a digital state-of-the art theater. The project expanded the ability of the Adler Planetarium to provide information and educational programs in astronomy and related sciences to the public and school groups from around the world.


December 8, 2000
$80,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $80,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $30,000 to the Village of Kinderhook to purchase a building at the corner of Route 106 and Jackson Street. This building will be renovated and will become the new town hall.


December 8, 2000
$276,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $276,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford area, including $196,000 to the Rock River Water Reclamation District to fund sewer improvement services for the School Street area in Rockford. The new sewer system will enable this depressed residential neighborhood to abandon its failing septic systems and meet Winnebago County Health Department regulations. The district will contribute $332,000.


December 8, 2000
$3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3,087,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $2 million to the Adler Planetarium to help fund a just completed two-year renovation and expansion. The project included the addition of the Sky Pavilion that houses a digital state-of-the art theater. The project expanded the ability of the Adler Planetarium to provide information and educational programs in astronomy and related sciences to the public and school groups from around the world.


December 8, 2000
$80,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $80,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $30,000 to the Village of Kinderhook to purchase a building at the corner of Route 106 and Jackson Street. This building will be renovated and will become the new town hall.


December 8, 2000
$276,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $276,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford area, including $196,000 to the Rock River Water Reclamation District to fund sewer improvement services for the School Street area in Rockford. The new sewer system will enable this depressed residential neighborhood to abandon its failing septic systems and meet Winnebago County Health Department regulations. The district will contribute $332,000.


December 7, 2000
$2.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.29 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $1.3 million to the Elmhurst Park District to redevelop Plunkett Park/Courts Plus.


December 7, 2000
$1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,119,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $300,000 to the Village of Westville to make water system improvements.


December 7, 2000
$383,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee/Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $383,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys, including $100,000 to the Godley Public Water District to construct a new water system.


December 7, 2000
$1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,010,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $192,900 to the Campbell Hill Community Fire Department to purchase a tanker, brush truck and other safety equipment.


December 7, 2000
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago and Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,243,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $500,000 to the Chicago Department of Transportation to make intersection improvements at Avondale and Nina, at Raven, in Chicago.


December 7, 2000
Governor Announces Another Krupp Gerlach Expansion in Danville
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended Krupp Gerlach Company for its plans to locate a new 12,000-ton press line within the Danville Forge Plant. The new line will enable the facility to become globally competitive in the manufacture of heavy-duty crankshaft forgings, while allowing for the retention of approximately 150 jobs.


December 7, 2000
CDW to Open New Corporate Sales Center in Mettawa
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that CDW Computer Centers, Inc., will open a new corporate sales and customer service center in Mettawa, Illinois. The 156,000 square foot office building has capacity for approximately 900 people with room for future expansion within the same development.


December 7, 2000
$2.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.29 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $1.3 million to the Elmhurst Park District to redevelop Plunkett Park/Courts Plus.


December 7, 2000
$1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,119,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $300,000 to the Village of Westville to make water system improvements.


December 7, 2000
$383,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee/Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $383,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys, including $100,000 to the Godley Public Water District to construct a new water system.


December 7, 2000
$1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,010,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $192,900 to the Campbell Hill Community Fire Department to purchase a tanker, brush truck and other safety equipment.


December 6, 2000
Illinois Ranked Seventh in the Nation in Providing Health Care Services for Children in Low-Income Households
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois ranked seventh among the fifty states in ensuring that children in low-income households receive health care. The ranking is based on information released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


December 6, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Capital Development Board Groundbreakers Program Selections
SPRINGFIELD ­­ Governor George H. Ryan today announced the names of 27 professional firms selected to design projects included as part of the Capital Development Board's GroundBreakers program. The program is aimed at expanding opportunities for Illinois design firms, especially minority and female owned firms.


December 5, 2000
$1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.1 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwest Illinois, including $250,000 to the Village of Sauget to purchase two new fire trucks and to build an addition to the existing fire station.


December 5, 2000
$495,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee/Illinois River Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $495,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee/Illinois River area, including $100,000 to the city of Ottawa to develop property acquired by the city to expand East Allen Park. This expansion will allow additional public access to the Illinois River frontage and will feature a toboggan run and nature trails. The city will contribute $100,000.


December 5, 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.


December 5, 2000
$465,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $465,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $150,000 to the City of Watseka to conduct extensive refurbishing of its elevated water tower, which is suffering from corrosion and wear.


December 4, 2000
Governor Ryan Offers Condolences to Family and Friends of Gwendolyn Brooks
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan offered his heartfelt condolences today to the family and friends of Illinois' poet laureate, Gwendolyn Brooks.


December 4, 2000
THE PAMPERED CHEF TO BUILD NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IN ADDISON
500 new jobs created
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that The Pampered Chef Ltd. plans to construct a new 780,000 square foot facility in Addison that will include the company's corporate headquarters along with warehouse and distribution space. The campus setting at Swift and Army Trail Roads is expected to result in as many as 500 new full-time jobs over the next few years.


December 1, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces $1.5 Million for a Variety of Trail Development and Maintenance Projects
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $1.5 million in funding for a variety of recreational trails construction and maintenance projects in Illinois.


December 1, 2000
Ryans Invite Public to Tour Executive Mansion
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan invite the public to a Holiday Open House at the Illinois Executive Mansion on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m.

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