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August
2000


August 31, 2000
Governor Announces Grant for Navy Pier to Host Tall Ships
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that a $300,000 grant has been awarded to Navy Pier, allowing the lakefront facility to host a group of 10 to 12 Tall Ships over the Labor Day weekend in 2000.


August 31, 2000
Ryan Announces Road Improvements for Mascoutah
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today approved $89,000 in in Illinois FIRST funds Illinois FIRST funds for road improvements to serve Cablofil, Inc. at the industrial park in north Mascoutah.


August 31, 2000
Governor Announces Road Improvements for DuQuoin
DUQUOIN -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded $108,000 in Illinois FIRST funds to DuQuoin for construction of an access road to serve MPP of Illinois, an electroplating metal finishing plant at the city's northwest industrial park.


August 31, 2000
Illinois FIRST to Fund New Home for Lookingglass Theater Company
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $1.5 million Illinois FIRST grant to in part fund the conversion of the historic Water Tower Pumping Station into a versatile performance space operated by the Lookingglass Theater Company.


August 30, 2000
Governor Ryan Praises Chicago Predatory Lending Ordinance
CHICAGO -- Governor Ryan commended Mayor Daley and the Chicago City Council for passing a landmark ordinance to crack down on predatory home mortgage lending by requiring financial institutions that want city deposits and other city business to sign a pledge that they and their affiliates do not and will not engage in the practice.


August 30, 2000
IDES Begins Payments from $7.2 Million Fund to Retrain Workers in Southern Illinois Mine Closings
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has begun providing funds from a $7.2 million federal grant to provide job training and reemployment assistance for workers who lost their jobs in the recent closing of seven southern Illinois coal mines.


August 29, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Grants for New Off­Highway Vehicle Recreational Trails
SPRINGFIELD ­- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $273,700 to develop two new public off­highway, motorized recreation areas through the Illinois Off­ highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreational Trail Program.


August 29, 2000
Governor Ryan, DuQuoin Kids Dedicate New Wetlands Education Project
DUQUOIN -- Governor George H. Ryan today dedicated the new Wetlands Educational Project on the northeast corner of the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.


August 29, 2000
Governor Ryan Awards $57.4 Million Illinois FIRST Grant to Build Seven Schools in East St. Louis
EAST ST. LOUIS -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded the East St. Louis School District 189 a $57.4 million Illinois FIRST school construction grant to build seven new schools


August 29, 2000
Governor Ryan Addresses Rising Methamphetamine Problem
COLLINSVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan, Chair of the Midwestern Governor's Conference today convened a summit designed to help prevent Methamphetamine production and use.


August 28, 2000
Governor's Capital Punishment Commission to Continue Hearings
CHICAGO -- The Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment will continue its public hearings on 9 a.m., Wednesday, September 6 at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


August 28, 2000
Governor Releases $6.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Funds for Reconstruction of CTA Lines
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today releases $6.1 million in Illinois FIRST funds for reconstruction work on two Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) rapid transit commuter lines.


August 28, 2000
Illinois FIRST to Improve Access to Transit in Northlake and Prospect Heights
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded $1.4 million in Illinois FIRST funds for projects to improve access to public transportation in Northlake and Prospect Heights.


August 28, 2000
Safety Belt Use in Illinois Rises Above 70 Percent
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the use of safety belts on Illinois roads and highways has reached an all-time high with slightly more than 70 percent of the state's motorists buckling up.


August 28, 2000
Illinois FIRST to Fund Upgrades at Two Airports in Southern Illinois
DUQUOIN -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the release of $314,676 in Illinois FIRST funds for upgrades at two airports in Southern Illinois.


August 24, 2000
First Lady Encourages Adults to Be More Involved in Children's Lives
CHICAGO -- As the school year begins across the state, First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan is encouraging adults to volunteer their time and talents as tutors and mentors in over 300 after-school and in-school programs throughout Chicagoland.


August 24, 2000
Ryan Announces Conversion of Lincoln Prison to a Women's Facility
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Lincoln Correctional Center will be converted to an all-women facility within the next few months. Female inmates currently at the Dixon and Logan Correctional Centers, which are co-correctional, will be transferred to Lincoln.


August 23, 2000
Illinois Ranks Number One Among Large States in Welfare to Work Participation Rates
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced Illinois ranks number one among the nation's 10 most populous states in meeting 1999 federal welfare to work participation requirements.


August 21, 2000
"Reading Kits" to Help Teachers Improve Reading Achievement
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that early elementary teachers will get help from the state this fall in the form of "reading kits," distributed by the State Board of Education to pre-kindergarten through second-grade teachers and building principals.


August 21, 2000
Gov. Ryan, Speaker Hastert Announce DuPage Research Park
High-Tech Research Park to Create Jobs
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan and U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert announced they are committing nearly $50 million in state and federal dollars to build the DuPage County Research Park, where academic, government and private sector leaders will work together to develop new technology and bring it to the marketplace.


August 19, 2000
Ryan Honored During State Fair Park District Conservation Day
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts today during ceremonies at Park District Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair.


August 18, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces IL FIRST Funds for Lake Petersburg
LAKE PETERSBURG -- Governor George H. Ryan today presented a $3 million Illinois FIRST check to the community of Lake Petersburg for the construction of a new sewer extension.


August 18, 2000
Ryan Announces $832,000 Illinois FIRST Grant to the Meredosia Lake Drainage and Levee District
MEREDOSIA -- Governor George H. Ryan today released $832,000 in Illinois FIRST funds to the Meredosia Lake Drainage and Levee District to help pay for repairs to the area's existing flood control system.


August 18, 2000
First Lady Launches DHS Project Under Futures for Kids Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today launched a new reading readiness program to increase early learning and improve the quality of childcare through the use of vans under the Department of Human Services.


August 16, 2000
Eisenmann to Construct New Facility in DeKalb
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Eisenmann Corporation intends to build a new paint and logistics facility in DeKalb creating 79 new jobs. The new plant, which will operate under the name of Encoat Services, Incorporated, will be a direct supplier to the local Caterpillar Agricultural Products plant.


August 16, 2000
Ryan Announces Illinois Child Poverty Among the Lowest in the Nation
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today highlighted the results of a study that shows Illinois' child poverty rates to be among the five lowest in the nation.


August 15, 2000
Illinois Awarded $1.1 Million Grant to Improve Teacher Quality
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois will receive $1,105,879 for the first year of the three-year grant to assist efforts to improve teaching quality and education programs, particularly at the middle school level.


August 15, 2000
Governor Announces Training Program to Assist Farmers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the start of a $1 million job training program to assist distressed farmers, farm family members, and farm workers being dislocated from farming.


August 15, 2000
Illinois FIRST Funds Improve Roads for New Mascoutah Business
MASCOUTAH -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the City of Mascoutah was awarded $132,200 in Illinois FIRST funds for road access improvements to retain jobs at J & F Enterprises.


August 15, 2000
Ryan Leads Farm Rally for Biofuels
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan called on Illinois residents to support biofuels produced from corn and soybeans during an Agriculture Day Rally at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday.


August 14, 2000
Ryan Announces Restoration of Wetlands Through Illinois FIRST
MORRIS -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state acquired nearly 850 acres of land to restore more than 200 acres of quality wetlands along the south bank of the Illinois River near Morris.


August 14, 2000
Ryan Awards $1.2 Million Illinois FIRST Grant for Des Plaines Flood Control
DES PLAINES -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $1.2 million in Illinois FIRST funds to improve storm water drainage as part of flood control efforts in the Des Plaines River watershed.


August 14, 2000
Ryan Commends City of Lacon for Brownfield Cleanup Efforts
LACON -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended the City of Lacon for its environmental efforts to clean up contamination on the riverfront caused by the Grieves Woolen Mill.


August 11, 2000
Mrs. Ryan Welcomes Illinois Artisans to the 2000 Illinois State Fair in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan officiated at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Illinois Artisans Village, a new attraction at the State Fair, this afternoon.


August 11, 2000
Governor Opens the "New Century Of Progress" at Tech Town
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today opened Tech Town 2000 at the Illinois State Fair, a 21st century exhibit that highlights on-line services from Illinois government. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


August 11, 2000
Governor Announces 'KidCare Awareness Month'; KidCare Sign-up at the Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a new outreach campaign for the Illinois KidCare program designed to build on his successful outreach effort that has tripled enrollment in the last year to more than 113,000.


August 11, 2000
Governor and First Lady Unveil New Design for Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today unveiled a revised design for the planned Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum that includes suggestions made by the public.


August 10, 2000
First Lady Launches Futures for Kids Conference
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today opened the first statewide Futures for Kids: REACHing Youth Through Community Involvement conference held at the Sheraton Hotel, from August 9 - August 11.


August 10, 2000
Illinois First Lady Presents "Youth Making a Difference" Awards
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today presented the first annual "Youth Making a Difference" Awards at the Futures for Kids REACHing Youth Through Community Involvement Conference at the Sheraton Hotel.


August 10, 2000
Army Transfers Joliet Arsenal for Industrial Park and Transit Hub
ELWOOD -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined federal and local officials in announcing that the United States Army is transferring approximately 2,000 acres of the former Joliet Arsenal for the development of the new Deer Run Industrial Park and an Intermodal transit hub by CenterPoint Properties.


August 9, 2000
Governor Awards $60 Million Illinois FIRST Bond for MetroLink
BELLEVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $60 million Illinois FIRST grant for construction of the MetroLink light rail line extension from Southwestern Illinois College to Scott Air Force Base.


August 7, 2000
Governor Unveils Website, Virtual Tour of Executive Mansion
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled the latest addition to the State of Illinois homepage: a virtual tour of the Governor's Mansion.


August 3, 2000
'Tech Town' Offers Interactive Exploration Opportunities
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan invites fairgoers to tour the interactive environment of a "townscape" model in "Tech Town" at the 2000 Illinois State Fair.


August 3, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Innovative Pilot Program to Treat and Prevent Substance Abuse by Older Adults
PEORIA -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the creation of a new pilot program administered through the state departments of Human Services and Aging for substance abusers aged 60 and older.


August 1, 2000
Governor Proclaims August KidCare Awareness Month
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today marked "KidCare Month" in Illinois by reminding parents that KidCare is available if their children are not covered by health insurance.


August 1, 2000
Governor Announces Sale of Illinois College Savings Bonds to Help Families Plan for Higher Education Costs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois College Savings Bonds with a total maturity value of $140 million will be offered for sale in late September through brokerage firms across the state.

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