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March
2000


March 31, 2000
Governor's Office Observes International Children's Book Day, April 2
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan encouraged parents and children to make a special moment on International Children's Book Day, Sunday, April 2, 2000 and outlined 10 steps to better reading.


March 30, 2000
Ryan Releases Tollway Report; Calls for Refinancing Bonds
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today released a comprehensive study of the restructuring of the Illinois tollway system, but said that the first critical step toward meaningful reform of the Toll Highway Authority must be a refinancing of the agency's bonds.


March 30, 2000
Governor Ryan and Mayor Daley Present 2nd Annual State/City Federal Priorities To Illinois Congressional Delegation
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Following the success of last year's unprecedented partnership, Governor George H. Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley today presented the state's congressional delegation with their recommendations for this year's federal initiatives that will benefit citizens throughout Illinois.


March 29, 2000
'IllinoisFIRST' Helps Bring 600 Jobs To Spring Valley
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois FIRST is helping bring a new 1.2 million-square-foot Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. distribution center to Spring Valley. The facility will employ approximately 600 people when fully operational.


March 29, 2000
Governor Announces $3.1 Million For Chicago Botanic Garden
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling nearly $3.1 million for improvements to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.


March 29, 2000
Illinois Firms Intensify Trade Through Expo Manufactura
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today pointed to the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs' (DCCA) recent mission to Expo Manufactura 2000 in Monterrey, Mexico as evidence that Illinois' stepped-up efforts to promote trade are meeting with overwhelming success.


March 24, 2000
Governor's Proposal To Promote Adult Education and Literacy Approved By General Assembly
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today applauded members of the General Assembly for overwhelmingly passing his proposal to promote adult education and literacy by consolidating related state programs under the Illinois Community College Board.


March 23, 2000
Governor Ryan Commences First Annual Illinois Technology Conference In Chicago
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today kicked off the Illinois Annual Technology Conference by promoting Illinois' VentureTECH program to representatives of technology companies and venture capital firms from throughout the nation.


March 22, 2000
Ryan Meets With Local Workforce Board Chairs
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today met with the chairs of the state's new Local Workforce Investment Boards to discuss Illinois' agenda for streamlining and improving the workforce development system under a new federal law that places a community emphasis on job training.


March 20, 2000
Ryan Praises Federal Ban On MTBE, Wants Congress To Continue Ethanol Requirement
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today praised the federal government's decision to phase out the pollution-causing gasoline additive MTBE, but urged Congress to keep federal laws in place that require the use of Illinois-produced ethanol as a gasoline additive.


March 20, 2000
Allstate To Locate Customer Interaction Center In Woodridge
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Allstate Insurance Company will locate a new customer interaction center in Woodridge, creating up to 700 new jobs over the next two years.


March 17, 2000
Ryan Asks Federal Government To Re-Certify State Commercial Driver Program
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today requested U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater to direct federal transportation officials to conduct an immediate re-certification of Illinois' commercial motor vehicle and driver safety programs and help other states weed out truck drivers who may have received their drivers licenses under fraudulent or suspicious circumstances.


March 17, 2000
Governor Ryan Highlights IllinoisFIRST Grants On Chicago's West Side
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan and Representative Art Turner today announced several Illinois FIRST grants for the Ninth Legislative District in North Lawndale on Chicago's West Side.


March 15, 2000
Governor Announces Illinois FIRST Grants To Paxton, Rantoul and Thomasboro
PAXTON -- Governor George H. Ryan today released $1.1 million in Illinois FIRST grants to the City of Paxton, Rantoul Township High School and the Village of Thomasboro for infrastructure and school rehabilitation projects.


March 15, 2000
SDU Oversight Changed As A Result Of Bank One Audit
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the private management firm of Deloitte and Touche temporarily will assume oversight of the troubled State Disbursement Unit, a move designed to help reverse several problems found at the SDU by an audit ordered by the governor.


March 14, 2000
Ryan Launches Work To Eliminate "Hillside Strangler"
HILLSIDE -- Governor George H. Ryan broke ground today to launch a two-year Illinois FIRST effort to unsnarl one of the nation's worst traffic nightmares, the so-called "Hillside Strangler."


March 14, 2000
Governor Announces $4.7 Million In Funding For Pinckneyville Company
PINCKNEYVILLE-Governor George H. Ryan today announced state assistance totaling more than $4.7 million for expansion of the Matsushita Universal Media Services (MUMS) facility in Pinckneyville.


March 10, 2000
Ryan Names Asian American Advisory Council
CHICAGO-Governor George H. Ryan today announced the creation of the Governor's Asian American Advisory Council, which will serve as an advisory board to the governor on all matters relating to the Asian American population in Illinois.


March 9, 2000
Governor's 'VentureTECH' Initiative To Assist In Construction Of New Medical Research Center At Northwestern University
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today committed $30 million from his proposed $1.9 billion VentureTECH initiative to help Northwestern University build a new high-tech medical research facility in Chicago. Those funds, coupled with a $40 million gift from university trustee Ann Lurie, will allow construction to begin later this year.


March 9, 2000
Governor Ryan Names Judge McGarr, Sen. Paul Simon and Attorney Thomas Sullivan To Chair Commission On Capital Punishment
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan has named former federal Judge Frank McGarr, former Sen. Paul Simon and former U.S. Attorney Thomas Sullivan to chair the Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment to examine the administration of the death penalty in Illinois.


March 8, 2000
Ryan Announces $11.5 Million Loan To Finance The Alton Center Business Park
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $11.5 million loan, through the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority to help finance the Alton Center Business Park.


March 8, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces $25 Million Grant For East St. Louis "One Stop" Community Center
EAST ST. LOUIS - Governor George H. Ryan today a $25 million grant to open a "one-stop" service center at the site of the former East St. Louis Community College, part of the state's new Illinois Workforce Advantage program.


March 7, 2000
Governor's Commission On Discrimination and Hate Crimes Convenes In Springfield
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today joined members of the Governor's Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes and Springfield-area residents to discuss ways to combat intolerance.


March 6, 2000
'Illinois FIRST' Helps Bring New Jobs To Ottawa
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois FIRST will help ITW Minigrip Zip-Pak, a division of Illinois Tool Works, construct a new manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Illinois.


March 2, 2000
Ryan Breaks Ground For Quaker Oats Plant In Danville
DANVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined city officials, local legislators and plant management to break ground on a three-story, 50,000 square foot expansion to the Quaker Oats plant for improvements to their ready-to-eat cereals and snacks line.


March 2, 2000
Governor Breaks Ground For New High-Tech Park At University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined state and local officials to break ground for a new Motorola facility that will anchor a new research and technology park to be located on the south end of the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus.


March 2, 2000
Ryan Proclaims March 2 at "Read Across America Day"
PEORIA -- Governor George H. Ryan proclaimed today as "Read Across America Day" in an effort to improve student reading skills throughout Illinois.


March 2, 2000
First Lady Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday
SPRINGFIELD - First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan called attention to increasing family literacy by reading a Dr. Seuss book to enthralled students at Fairview Elementary School in celebration of Read Across America Day and the 96th birthday of the late, famous children's author.


March 1, 2000
State Survey Shows Youth Drug Use on the Decline
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced alcohol and other drug use among Illinois youth declined between 1997 and 1998.


March 1, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces $8 Million Loan To Keep Hospital Open
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state will loan $8 million to Mount Sinai Health Systems to help continue health care access for residents of Chicago's south and west sides.

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