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2000


May 31, 2000
First Lady Undergoes Successful Back Surgery
SPRINGFIELD - First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan is resting comfortably today following successful lower back surgery to relieve chronic pain caused by bone spurs and discs pressing against nerves in her spine.


May 31, 2000
Illinois FIRST To Provide $468,836 To Landowners To Plug Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded $468,836 in Illinois FIRST grants to 38 landowners, allowing them to proceed with the plugging of 124 abandoned oil and gas wells in downstate Illinois.


May 25, 2000
Governor Applauds Solo Cup and ServiceMaster for Landing Business Deals in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended two Illinois-based companies, Solo Cup and ServiceMaster, for reaching business agreements with South African companies.


May 25, 2000
Governor Addresses Rand Afrikaans University on Illinois Globalization, Economic Growth and VentureTECH Programs
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- Governor George H. Ryan today ended a three-day stay in Johannesburg with an address on globalization, economic growth and technology at Rand Afrikaans University before moving the trade mission to Cape Town, South Africa.


May 24, 2000
African-American Business Owners Join Governor Ryan in South Africa via Videoconference
CHICAGO — The Bronzeville Community Development Partnership today hosted several Chicago-area businesses in a video conference call to the Illinois delegation in South Africa.


May 24, 2000
Governor and First Lady Meet President Nelson Mandela
Illinois Trade Office Holds Official Ribbon Cutting at Ron Brown Center
JOHANNESBURG, S.A. -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today met Nelson Mandela at his home in Johannesburg during the Illinois Trade Mission to the Republic of South Africa.


May 24, 2000
Christina Aguilera to Join Favorites Beach Boys and Brooks and Dunn at 2000 State Fair
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the 2000 Illinois State Fair concert lineup featuring a mix of pop superstars and longtime fair favorites.


May 22, 2000
Teens Tell State How to Keep Kids Drug Free
SPRINGFIELD -- In the wake of the first Illinois death attributed to a new fad drug, PMA, teenagers gathered at the first Governor's Teen Summit in Springfield this week to tell officials what messages will work to keep their age group from smoking, drinking or using drugs.


May 18, 2000
Governor Ryan Creates Illinois Main Street Council Chaired by Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Executive Order #11 creating the Illinois Main Street Council and named Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood as chairperson.


May 18, 2000
RYAN TRADE MISSION TO HELP OPEN ILLINOIS TO AFRICAN MARKETS
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan will lead an eight-day trade mission to the Republic of South Africa to help Illinois businesses develop new trading relationships and business agreements in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent.


May 18, 2000
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS FIRST FUNDS FOR ROSEVILLE BYPASS
ROSEVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today underscored the benefits of the Illinois FIRST program by visiting the future site of the Roseville Bypass -- the last section in the expressway between Monmouth and Macomb.


May 17, 2000
RYAN AGAIN HONORS 51% PLEDGE FOR SCHOOLS
Education, Technology, Tax Relief and Public Safety Highlight $49 Billion Budget
Governor George H. Ryan today signed into law a $49 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2001 that again fulfills and surpasses his pledge to dedicate 51 percent of all new state revenues to Illinois schools and workforce training programs.


May 16, 2000
GOVERNOR SIGNS PROPERTY TAX RELIEF BILL
$280 Million Rebate shared by 2 Million Residential Homeowners
ADDISON -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation to give Illinois homeowners $280 million in property tax relief - the last piece of a $350 million tax relief package enacted this spring by the General Assembly.


May 11, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN SIGNS EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT BILL
CHICAGO-- Governor George H. Ryan signed into law the earned income tax credit bill, which will provide a tax credit to low-income workers.


May 10, 2000
GOVERNOR'S INITIATIVE HIGHLIGHTS SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS, EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS IN PUBLIC SERVICE
SPRINGFIELD-Governor George H. Ryan today released the state's new Governing for Change report that highlights agency efforts to improve government. "We know that government must improve and today, we have seen that it can improve," Ryan said. "These reforms, though small, must be accredited to the men and women who work in state government and have seen where the improvements are needed."


May 9, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS FIRST PROJECTS FOR LAKE COUNTY
GRAYSLAKE - Governor George H. Ryan today announced two projects involving Routes 45 and 120 made possible by Illinois FIRST funds. Improvements are being made at the intersection of Route 120 and Route 45 and Route 45 will be reconstructed between Buckley Road and Maple Avenue.


May 9, 2000
GOVERNOR DEDICATES CULLERTON COMPLEX
ZION - Governor George H. Ryan today dedicated Illinois Beach State Park along with North Point Marina as the Cullerton Complex in honor of William J. Cullerton Sr., a dedicated war hero, radio personality, entrepreneur and outdoorsman. While the two sites will be known as the Cullerton Complex, each will retain its own name and management.


May 8, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN SIGNS CIRCUIT BREAKER TAX RELIEF BILL
Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation providing tax relief through the expansion the state's Circuit Breaker program to increase the number of seniors who are eligible for assistance.


May 8, 2000
TRAVEL AND TOURISM SPENDING INCREASES AGAIN DURING 1999
CHICAGO -- Governor George Ryan today announced that consumer spending on travel and tourism in Illinois hit a record level of $22.05 billion in 1999, according to initial estimates by the Travel Industry Association of America. Travel-related expenditures in the state jumped by 5.5 percent from 1998, when spending by tourists totaled $20.9 billion.


May 6, 2000
GOVERNOR SIGNS PREDATORY LENDING Bill
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that will help homeowners make better decisions about financing options, while at the same time protecting communities from high foreclosure rates that have been brought about by a few unethical lending institutions.


May 5, 2000
GOVERNOR HIGHLIGHTS CHICAGO SHORELINE PROTECTION PROJECT DURING ILLINOIS FIRST TOUR
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today marked the one-year anniversary of the Illinois FIRST program by officially announcing a $42 million state contribution over five years to the Chicago Shoreline Protection Project.


May 5, 2000
GOVERNOR HIGHLIGHTS NEW WATER FACILITY DURING ILLINOIS FIRST TOUR
NORTH RIVERSIDE - Governor George H. Ryan today marked the one-year anniversary of the Illinois FIRST program by officially announcing a $3.5 million project to establish a new water storage facility that will serve Riverside and North Riverside.


May 4, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN APPOINTS COMMISSION TO REWRITE CRIMINAL CODE
Members told to update code, make it "just, fair and equitable"
CHICAGO-- Governor George H. Ryan has appointed a commission to update Illinois' 40-year-old criminal code with an eye toward making the criminal law in Illinois more fair for victims and defendants and easier to read and understand.


May 2, 2000
GOVERNOR BREAKS GROUND ON ILLINOIS FIRST PROJECT TO CONSTRUCT RANEY STREET OVERPASS IN EFFINGHAM
EFFINGHAM-Governor George H. Ryan today broke ground on an Illinois FIRST project to construct the Raney Street Overpass near U.S. 40.


May 2, 2000
GOVERNOR RYAN TOURS LAKE LAND COLLEGE ONE-STOP COMMUNITY CENTER
MATTOON-Governor George H. Ryan today toured the Lakeland College Workforce Development Center highlighting the facility as provider of community educational, training and employment referral options.


May 1, 2000
GOVERNOR AND FIRST LADY ANNOUNCE NEW ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the establishment of the new Illinois Small Business Drug Free Work Place Program.


May 1, 2000
GOVERNOR VISITS WILLIAMSON COUNTY SCHOOL
HERRIN - Governor George H. Ryan today visited Herrin Community Unit School District 4 in Williamson County to highlight Illinois FIRST's school construction program. Illinos FIRST is providing $9 million to help the school district construct a new high school and expand its kindergarten center.


May 1, 2000
GOVERNOR TOURS MUMS FACILITY IN PINCKNEYVILLE
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today toured the Matsushita Universal Media Services (MUMS) facility in Pinckneyville. Earlier this year, Ryan awarded MUMS $4.7 million in state assistance for the expansion of the Pinckneyville facility.


May 1, 2000
Illinois FIRST To Fund Rend Lake Resort Expansion
WHITTINGTON -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the release of $5 million in Illinois FIRST funds for the expansion of the Rend Lake Resort complex at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area on Rend Lake.


May 1, 2000
RYAN ANNOUNCES $11.6 MILLION IN COAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced 26 grants, worth nearly $11.6 million, to improve coal production and transportation systems in Illinois.

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