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April
2000


April 28, 2000
Ryan Unveils New Balanced Growth Initiative, "Illinois Tomorrow"
RIVERDALE - Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled a new coordinated approach to balanced growth for communities throughout the state called "ILLINOIS TOMORROW."


April 27, 2000
Governor Ryan Celebrates "Take Your Daughter To Work Day"
CHICAGO - Governor Ryan and the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women today hosted a breakfast for young women participating in "Take Your Daughter to Work Day."


April 27, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces "Green Illinois" Initiatives
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today signed two executive orders establishing "Green Illinois", an ambitious environmental program designed to encourage local communities to preserve and protect the state’s environmental resources.


April 26, 2000
Governor Ryan Launches First VentureTECH Technology Center
EVANSTON - Governor George H. Ryan today opened the first Illinois Technology Enterprise Corporation (ITEC) at Northwestern University, a key part of his landmark, $1.9 billion VentureTECH initiative to prepare Illinois residents for the high-tech New Economy.


April 25, 2000
Ryan Announces $2 Million In Illinois First Funds For The Village Of Glen Ellyn
GLEN ELLYN - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the release of $2 million in Illinois FIRST and Open Lands Trust funds to the village of Glen Ellyn to help acquire 25 acres of open space in the community.


April 25, 2000
Governor Ryan, Lt., Governor Wood Unite With Illinois Delegation To Support "Illinois Rivers 2020"
PEORIA - Governor George H. Ryan today hailed the cooperative work of state and federal officials in support of "Illinois Rivers 2020," a long-range, comprehensive effort to restore and protect the Illinois River and its tributaries.


April 24, 2000
Governor Releases $6.4 Million For Commuter Rail Improvements In Chicago
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today released $6.4 million in Illinois FIRST funds for the rehabilitation of two aging commuter rail stations, the upgrading 12 stations for persons with disabilities and other improvements to the Metra rail lines in the Chicago area.


April 21, 2000
New Illinois Advertising Campaign Launched; Tourism To Be Initial Focus
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced a new marketing campaign for Illinois that will initially promote the state's tourism industry. The integrated campaign will also be used to tout the state's business climate and quality of life.


April 20, 2000
Ryan Implements Circuit Breaker Recommendations From Summit On Aging Reviews Additional Senior Issues
SPRINGFIELD ­ Governor George H. Ryan today received the Governor's Summit on Aging recommendations, but noted that his administration already includes eligibility for the Circuit Breaker program in FY 2001 budget.


April 20, 2000
Governor Releases Funds For Technology Improvements At Western Illinois University
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the release of more than $424,000 in state funds to cover technological infrastructure improvements in classrooms, the library and other buildings at Western Illinois University in Macomb.


April 20, 2000
Governor Ryan Directs State Police To Help ATF Trace Illinois Crime Guns, Backs "Ballistics Fingerprint" Bill
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan has directed the Illinois State Police to work with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to ensure tracing of all guns used in all Illinois crimes and endorsed U.S. Rep. Rod Blagojevich's (D-Chicago) bill to create a national ballistics "fingerprinting" system of every gun manufactured in the United States.


April 19, 2000
Governor Announces $410,000 Grant To Flora
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the City of Flora has been awarded a grant for $410,950 for infrastructure improvements that will benefit North American Lighting, Inc.


April 19, 2000
Ryan Announces $174,400 In Illinois First Funds For Red Bud
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced $174,400 in Illinois FIRST funds to Red Bud for extending Kaskaskia Street to a new manufacturing plant at the city's Industrial Park.


April 19, 2000
Ryan Announces $463,300 In Illinois First Funds For Bourbonnais
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced $463,300 in Illinois FIRST funds for road and intersection improvements at Indian Oaks Road and US 45 in Bourbonnais.


April 18, 2000
State, AFSCME Reach Tentative Agreement On Four-Year Contract
SPRINGFIELD - The State of Illinois and its largest employee union have announced tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contract that will boost employee wages by a minimum of 19.3% compounded over the life of the agreement.


April 18, 2000
Governor Urges Support Of Federal Legislation Promoting Ethanol
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today submitted written testimony to a US Senate subcommittee urging support of federal legislation designed to protect the environment and promote the use corn-based ethanol as a gasoline additive.


April 17, 2000
Governor Creates Elder Abuse Task Force
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the names of 31 individuals who will serve on a new Elder Abuse Task Force that will focus on helping thousands of Illinois seniors who are financially abused.


April 15, 2000
Ryan Commends Legislators For Advancing Education, Human Services, VentureTECH, Tax Relief and Public Safety
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today praised the General Assembly for approving a $48 billion state budget that includes a record commitment to education and human services, $350 million in tax relief for Illinois families, the creation of the VentureTECH initiative, passage of a new Safe Neighborhoods Act and the establishment of a "rainy day" fund for state government.


April 15, 2000
Budget To Fund Worker-Training Facility At Illinois Central College
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the urgently-needed Skilled Trades and Manufacturing Technology Center at Illinois Central College in Peoria will become a reality.


April 15, 2000
Ryans Release 1999 Income Tax Returns
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today made public their federal and state income tax returns for 1999.


April 14, 2000
Applications Being Accepted For MADE IN ILLINOIS Catalog
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced applications are available for the new Made in Illinois catalog, which features Illinois artisans and their work.


April 13, 2000
Ryan Signs Safe Neighborhood Package Reinstating Felony Gun Bill And Protecting Citizens
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation reinstating the Illinois’ Safe Neighborhoods Act including making the illegal possession of a firearm a felony crime and substantially increasing penalties for other gun offenses.


April 12, 2000
Ryan Supports Federal Public Safety Initiative That Would Supplement Illinois' Tough Anti-Gun Violence Programs
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced his support for the federal "Project Exile: The Safe Streets and Neighborhoods Act," noting that Illinois’ 15-20-Life law would qualify the state for a share of new federal grants made available under the proposal.


April 10, 2000
Ryan Applauds Passage of Felony Penalties For Illegal Possession of a Firearm, Pledges To Sign Safe Neighborhood Package
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today commended the Illinois House for voting to reinstate the illegal possession of a firearm as a felony crime and pledged to sign the bills reenacting Illinois’ Safe Neighborhoods Act.


April 10, 2000
Governor Breaks Ground For New Tellabs Facility In Naperville
NAPERVILLE - Governor George H. Ryan today joined state and local officials to break ground for a new Tellabs facility that is expected to create 2,300 new jobs over the next five years.


April 7, 2000
Ryan Praises Agreement To Make Illegal Possession Of A Firearm A Felony Crime
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today praised legislators, law enforcement and local government officials for agreeing to legislation that will reinstate the illegal possession of a firearm as a felony crime - a compromise that ends a five-month dispute over the reenactment of Illinois' Safe Neighborhoods Act.


April 7, 2000
Ryan Seeks Funding To Continue Curbs On Underage Tobacco Use
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today asked the General Assembly to grant a $400,000 supplemental appropriation to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission this spring in order to continue a statewide inspection program that has helped curb under-age smoking.


April 6, 2000
Ryan Plans Summit On Coal, Energy and Clean Air Challenges
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced that he will host an environmental issues summit this summer that will bring together the coal industry, the electric utility industry, environmental organizations, state agencies and local governments to discuss ways to balance clean air and economic development in Illinois.


April 6, 2000
Governor Announces More Than $3 Million In Grants To Combat Homelessness
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants of more than $3.2 million from two separate programs to support organizations throughout the state that are committed to fighting homelessness.


April 5, 2000
Governor Announces Job Training Funds For High-Tech Company
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced $113,340 in Industrial Training Program funds to help Champaign-based SAIC train new and existing workers in advanced technologies and processes.


April 5, 2000
Governor Ryan Presents Illinois VentureTECH Funding Report To General Assemby
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today pushed for support of his budget proposal to allocate $1.9 billion in state spending over the next five years through his Illinois VentureTech program.


April 5, 2000
Governor Announces $22 Million To Fund Antipoverty Programs
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today a $22 million federal Community Services Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will be used to fund antipoverty programs in communities throughout the state.


April 5, 2000
Governor Ryan Urges US Senate To Adopt An Equitable Organ Transplant Allocation Program
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today reiterated his opposition to a proposed nationwide organ donor system that ignores the needs of individual patients and could prevent transplant recipients from receiving needed operations because of where they live.


April 4, 2000
Business Development Flourishing Under Ryan Administration
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today marked Business Day 2000 in Springfield by highlighting a string of business success stories that have occurred in Illinois since he took office.


April 4, 2000
Illinois First Bolsters New Five-Year State Road Program
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan said today that the Illinois FIRST public infrastructure program has enabled state transportation officials to double the size and scope of the annual road improvement program over the last two years.


April 3, 2000
Ryan Announces Grants For Eight Lake Improvement Projects
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced funding to begin or continue lake improvement projects for eight Illinois Clean Lakes projects.


April 3, 2000
Governor's Expansion Of Kidcare Receives Federal Approval
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced Illinois will expand the KidCare health insurance program by 20,000 children not otherwise covered thanks to federal approval of new state eligibility requirements.


April 3, 2000
Ryan Announces $23 Million In Community Water and Sewer Grants
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced that over $23 million in grants are being awarded to 87 villages, cities, townships and counties for the improvement and upkeep of vital water and sewage infrastructure.


April 3, 2000
AFSCME's Refusal To Bargain A Blow To Good-Faith Negotiations
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan expressed concern today that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is refusing to continue negotiations over a new contract, leaving a four-year, $1.5 billion wage and benefit package from the state on the table.

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