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February
2000


February 29, 2000
Governor's Proposal To Ban Employee Fundraising Passes House
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended Illinois House members for passing his legislation to ban state employees from soliciting contributions for his political fund.


February 29, 2000
Ryan Highlights Illinois 'VentureTECH' At National Governors Assocation Meeting
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Governor George H. Ryan said today that his proposed $1.9 billion state technology initiative - Illinois VentureTECH -- will help ensure Illinois' place at the forefront of the new high-tech global economy.


February 28, 2000
Ryan Announces $725,000 In Boat Access Grants For 12 Communities
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced $725,000 in grants to assist 12 local governments in improving facilities for boat and canoe access to Illinois lakes, rivers and streams.


February 28, 2000
Governor Ryan Highlights Illinois Budget Proposal For Education At National Governors Assocation Winter Meeting
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Governor George H. Ryan today highlighted Illinois' $8.45 billion commitment to education and the state's focus on "lifelong learning" during the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association.


February 25, 2000
Ryan Donates Prizes To Big Brother/Big Sister "Bowl For Kids Sake"
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that he is donating several items from the Governor's office to the 17th annual "Bowl For Kids Sake" event sponsored by the Springfield Big Brothers & Big Sisters program. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, February 26 at Spillway Lanes, 1025 Outer Park Drive


February 25, 2000
Ryan Consolidates State's Workforce Development Efforts To Promote Efficient Delivery of Services
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today transferred administration of the federal Job Training Partnership Act from the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs to the Department of Employment Security in order to improve Illinois' workforce development system.


February 25, 2000
'Illinois FIRST' To Fund Improvements At Southern Illinois Airport
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today approved the release of more than $185,000 in Illinois FIRST funds for improvements at the Southern Illinois Airport. in Carbondale.


February 25, 2000
'Illinois FIRST' To Fund Improvements At Southern Illinois Airport
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today approved the release of more than $185,000 in Illinois FIRST funds for improvements at the Southern Illinois Airport. in Carbondale.


February 24, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Trails Program Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the first grants made available through the Illinois Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreational Trails Program, awarding more than $357,000 to develop two new public off-highway, motorized recreation areas and to improve an existing site.


February 24, 2000
Ryan's Career Scholarship Proposal Passes House
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released $10 million in Illinois FIRST funds to continue the stabilization work on the fire-damaged Pullman State Historic Site in Chicago.


February 24, 2000
Ryan's Career Scholarship Proposal Passes House
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today commended the Illinois House for approving his proposal to give $1,000 scholarships to qualifying students to help them start on a career path.


February 22, 2000
Governor Awards $960,834 For Plugging And Restoration Of Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today released $960,834 in Illinois FIRST funding to plug 48 abandoned oil and gas wells in Clinton and Lawrence counties and to clean up and restore a waste crude oil site in Saline County.


February 18, 2000
Governor Announces Opening of Joliet Supportive Living Facility
JOLIET -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state's second supportive living facility has opened at Victory Senior Centre in Joliet to provide low-income housing to seniors.


February 18, 2000
Ryan Eases Certification Process For Minority, Females Through Executive Order
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today signed Executive Order No. 2 to establish a universal certification process to help minorities, women and persons with disabilities to fully participate in the state and local government procurement process.


February 18, 2000
Ryan Hosts African-American History Month Celebration
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today hosted a program celebrating African-American History Month at the James R. Thompson Center.


February 17, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Toll Free Number For Consumer Health Insurance Assistance
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the formation of the Illinois Office of Consumer Health Insurance. The office was formed as part of the Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act the Governor signed into law last August.


February 17, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces $17.8 Million in Grants To Acquire and Develop Local Parks
SPRINGFIELD ­­ Governor George H. Ryan today announced $17.8 million in grants for 93 projects throughout the state to create new local parks, to further develop and improve park lands and to preserve natural areas.


February 16, 2000
Ryan Announces Funding To Improve Public Water Supply
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced approval of $834,345 in loans for drinking water projects in Jerseyville, Tazewell County, Pittsfield and Golconda. The loans will come from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's public water supply loan program.


February 16, 2000
Ryan Announces Sewers For Broughton
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $952,000 in state and federal funding to help the Hamilton County village of Broughton finance its first-ever sewer lines and sewage treatment plant.


February 10, 2000
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan To Present Documentary Edition Of Lincoln's Law Practice To Library Of Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C., --First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan on Friday will present the Library of Congress with the first electronic copy of the most comprehensive examination of Abraham Lincoln's legal career ever assembled.


February 10, 2000
Governor's Report On Accountability Eliminates Boards, Streamlines Government Agency Regulations Of Business
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today accepted the first report of recommendations of the state's Government Accountability council, which proposed the elimination of boards, commissions and hundreds of administrative rules in an effort to improve the operations of Illinois' executive agencies.


February 10, 2000
Illinois Receives Early Child Education Assistance From NGA
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that Futures for Kids will receive support from the National Governor's Association to develop a strategic plan for early childhood care and education for Illinois children


February 9, 2000
Governor Announces Tourism Award Winners
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today recognized 30 individuals and tourism groups as Governor's Conference Award Winners, one of the top honors bestowed in the Illinois tourism industry.


February 8, 2000
Governor Releases $20,000 Grant For Park Improvement In Ottawa
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released a $20,000 grant to the City of Ottawa to fund improvements at Peck Park, a community recreational facility located on Ottawa’s south side.


February 8, 2000
Ryan Announces $100,000 Grant For Waukegan Harbor Dredging Project
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released a $100,000 grant to the City of Waukegan to fund a portion of the engineering and design phase of the Waukegan Harbor dredging project, which is designed to remove contaminated sediment from the inner harbor and the harbor channel to Lake Michigan.


February 8, 2000
Ryan Announces $100,000 Grant For Forsyth Bike Trail Project
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Village of Forsyth will receive a $100,100 grant to construct a 1.2-mile extension to an existing bicycle path.


February 7, 2000
Governor Proposes Legislation To Prohibit State Employee Political Contributions
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today proposed draft legislation to ban state employees from soliciting contributions for his political fund.


February 7, 2000
Ryan Makes Appointments To Boards And Commissions
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Mary Frances Squires to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).


February 7, 2000
Illinois Tourism Industry Leaders Meet In Springfield
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today opened the 2000 Governor's Conference on Tourism with more than 500 representatives from convention and visitors' bureaus, hotels, airlines and trade organizations coming together to share ideas about how to better promote Illinois attractions and destinations. This year's conference, "Past Reflections, Future Connections," runs February 7-9 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center and Springfield Hilton.


February 7, 2000
Governor Ryan Declares Support For The Gender Violence Act
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today endorsed passage this year of the Illinois Gender Violence Act, a key recommendation of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women.


February 4, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Funding For Family Development At Governor's State University
CRETE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $13.4 million Illinois FIRST grant to Governor's State University for the construction of a Family Development Center noting that the center's construction is a reflection of the same kind of human infrastructure projects planned for the Fiscal Year 2001 budget.


February 3, 2000
Jack Beaupre Appointed To Governor's State Board of Trustees
UNIVERSITY PARK - Governors State University's newest Board of Trustee member, Jack Beaupre, has been appointed by Governor George H. Ryan.


February 3, 2000
Ryan Visits Oak Park School To Highlight State's Continued Commitment To Education
OAK PARK -- Governor George H. Ryan today visited Emerson Middle School in Oak Park to highlight the state's commitment of $17.7 million to help finance construction of two badly-needed middle schools and the renovation of seven elementary schools.


February 2, 2000
Ryan Names New Employement Security Director
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today appointed Gertrude W. Jordan as the new Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


February 2, 2000
Ryan Proposes $46.5 Billion State Budget That Focuses Resources On Education And Job Creation, Technology and Human Services
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today proposed a $46.493 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2001 that re-emphasizes his funding pledge for education and workforce training; outlines a comprehensive, five-year high-technology initiative and increases funding for services that advance Illinois' "human infrastructure."

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