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January
2001


January 31, 2001
Ryan Declares Illinois a Strong State; Urges Changes to Make State Government More Accountable, Efficient
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today said the State of Illinois and its people are "strong, confident and ready to face the future" in 2001.


January 30, 2001
$2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $450,000 to Kennedy King College for the Opening Doors/Changing Lives Project and domestic violence programs.


January 30, 2001
$15.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $15.843 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $10 million to Northwestern University.


January 30, 2001
$2.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.5 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $700,000 to the Urbana Park District for the construction of an indoor swimming pool.


January 30, 2001
$882,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $882,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago and Suburban Cook County, including $250,000 to Dominican University in River Forest.


January 30, 2001
$1.3 Million n Illinois FIRST Projects For Southwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,372,125 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's Southwest Suburbs, including $500,000 to Kids In Need, an organization that provides care and counseling to children who are without parents due to death, medical emergency or court ruling. The agency serves approximately 6,000 children within a six-county area.


January 30, 2001
$2.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.897 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $1.2 million to the Homan Square Community Center Foundation to construct a family and health pavilion as a part of its community center campus.


January 30, 2001
$2.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,133,200 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford area, including $900,000 to the Rockford Park District to make park and museum improvements.


January 29, 2001
Governor Awards School Maintenance Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that public school districts, university laboratory and charter schools applying for a Fiscal Year 2001 school maintenance grant will receive funding for their top priority projects. Funding levels this year will also allow a second grant award to a significant number of entities based on a "need index" defined in the program rules.


January 26, 2001
Ryan Announces Brownfields Redevelopment Grant for City of Rockford
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the City of Rockford was awarded a $120,000 Brownfields Redevelopment Grant by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for investigation of environmental contamination at potential redevelopment sites.


January 25, 2001
$2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.025 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $750,000 to the Village of Addison to make improvements at the Lake Manor pond.


January 24, 2001
$2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.025 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $750,000 to the Village of Addison to make improvements at the Lake Manor pond.


January 24, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Illinois' Commemorative Quarter Design Process, Student Contest, and Quarter Design Web Site
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Illinois is beginning the first stage of the Commemorative Quarter design selection process. The Commemorative Quarter Program™ is a 10-year initiative, beginning in 1999 and concluding in 2008, commemorating each of the 50 United States. The goal of the first stage is to provide the U.S. Mint with three to five design concepts. The U.S. Mint will use Illinois' concepts to create candidate designs, which will be returned to Illinois for a final selection process.


January 24, 2001
Ryan Announces Walgreens Donation to Assist Transplant Recipients
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a donation of up to $100,000 by Walgreens to provide initial funding for a new state program to assist organ transplant recipients. The program will assist those who do not have adequate insurance coverage or who are not eligible for other government assistance with paying for drugs and other costs associated with post transplant maintenance and retention.


January 23, 2001
Governor Announces 2001 Small Business Award Winners
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the winners of the Governor's Small Business Awards, which recognize the important contribution that small business owners make to the Illinois economy.


January 23, 2001
Governor Announces $1 Million Federal Grant to Increase Help to Illinois Farmers
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced Illinois has been awarded a $1.024 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand state job training and employment assistance to Illinois farmers, farm families and workers who have lost their jobs due to declines in the farming industry.


January 23, 2001
Governor Announces a $4.7 Million Federal Award to Assist Family Caregivers
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Illinois Department on Aging will receive $4.7 million from the federal government from the Family Caregiver Support Program to assist families providing care for elderly or ailing relatives.


January 23, 2001
Governor Names Small Business Advocate
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George Ryan today announced the appointment of Phyllis Scott to the position of Small Business Advocate within the Governor's Office. The creation of a small business advocate was a key recommendation of the 2000 Governor's Small Business Summit.


January 23, 2001
$4.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $4.503 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $1.5 million to the Chicago Partnership for Economic Development to assist Central City Studios, L.L.C. to develop and construct a new production complex on a twenty-one acre site, in the Lawndale neighborhood.


January 23, 2001
$4.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $4,136,606 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's south suburbs, including $1.3 million to the Village of Willow Springs for street improvements to Archer Avenue.


January 19, 2001
Gov. Ryan Reappoints Cabinet, Praises Commitment to Serve
Adopts compensation review board-approved salary restructuring for Cabinet
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the reappointment of 28 of the cabinet-level members of his administration.


January 19, 2001
Gov. Ryan Announces $79 Million Grant for CTA's Elevated Blue Line
WASHINGTON, DC -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a combination of Illinois First funds totaling nearly $79 million for the rehabilitation of the Chicago Transit Authority's Douglas Branch of the Blue elevated line.


January 18, 2001
Governor Ryan Urges President Clinton to Deny California Application for Waiver on Reformulated Gasoline
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today urged President Clinton to deny California's application for a waiver from the oxygenated requirement for formulated gasoline.


January 18, 2001
Illinois Counties Receive Federal Snow Emergency Declaration
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Federal Government has approved his request for a Federal Snow Emergency declaration and designated 21 counties eligible to receive federal assistance as a result of record or near-record snowfall earlier this month. More Illinois counties may be added as new information becomes available.


January 16, 2001
Governor Announces $3.7 Million in Grants to Assist Community Land Development and Growth Projects
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a total of $3.7 million in grants for 41 communities to help them develop plans for future growth that will protect and improve the quality of life.


January 16, 2001
$1.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.422 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $832,000 to the Meredosia Lake Drainage & Levee District to repair the Meredosia Lake Levee


January 16, 2001
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's North and Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.862 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's north and northwest suburbs, including $200,000 to the City of Des Plaines Self Help Pantry Closet to purchase a building at 600 Algonquin Street.


January 16, 2001
$4.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $4.275 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $950,000 to construct a multi-purpose baseball stadium in Collinsville.


January 16, 2001
$1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD - - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $250,000 to the West Central Educational Television Consortium. The Consortium is a not-for-profit organization that provides public television broadcasting for a 16-county region in Western and Central Illinois. The grant will be used for educational programming costs.


January 16, 2001
$3.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3.45 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $500,000 to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to help construct a research park.


January 16, 2001
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,210,425 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $300,000 to the Village of Hampton to construct the Hampton Heritage Center.


January 16, 2001
Gov. Ryan Lauds Retiring Supreme Court Justice Benjamin K. Miller
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today praised Illinois Supreme Court Justice Benjamin K. Miller of Springfield, who plans to retire on Jan. 29.


January 12, 2001
Governor Proclaims January 13-21 Martin Luther King Jr. Week
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today proclaimed January 13 - January 21 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week in Illinois. Citing Dr. King's passionate commitment to volunteerism and community service, the governor urged everyone to participate in volunteer activities in honor of Dr. King.


January 12, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces $22.7 Million in Grants for Local Park Land Acquisition and Development
PEORIA ­­ Governor George H. Ryan today announced $22.7 million in grants for 81 projects throughout the state that will provide new local parks, develop and improve park lands, and enhance recreational facilities and natural areas.


January 11, 2001
Governor Expands Illinois Enterprise Zones
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that expands the State's Enterprise Zone program to allow targeted areas throughout Illinois to continue revitalization and economic development efforts.


January 10, 2001
Governor Signs Legislation to Allow More Low Income Households to Participate in LIHEAP Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 50 which raises the eligibility level for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from 125% of the federal poverty level to 150%.


January 9, 2001
Ryan's LIHEAP Expansion Proposal Passes General Assembly
More low-income households to receive home heating assistance
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today applauded the Illinois General Assembly for passing House Bill 50 which raises the eligibility level for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)from 125% of the federal poverty level to 150%. The higher eligibility level means that more than 142,000 new households will be eligible for LIHEAP assistance.


January 9, 2001
Ryan Requests Federal Snow Emergency Declaration
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today requested a Federal Snow Emergency declaration from the President.


January 9, 2001
Governor Proclaims January 8-14th Pharmaceutical Assistance Week to Highlight Circuit Breaker
CHICAGO --- Governor George H. Ryan proclaimed January 8-14, 2001 Pharmaceutical Assistance Week in Illinois, calling attention to the state's newly expanded Circuit Breaker/Pharmaceutical Assistance Program, which will help more people pay for prescription medications.


January 9, 2001
Governor Announces New Procter & Gamble Facility
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Procter & Gamble Company is consolidating three existing facilities in Missouri into a new state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution center to be built in Pontoon Beach in Madison County. Procter and Gamble will lease an 800,000 square foot facility in the Gateway Commerce Center, one of the largest in the Greater St. Louis area, creating 130 full-time jobs.


January 9, 2001
Governor Ryan, Mayor Daley Launch Effort to Help Low Income Families Claim State, Federal Earned Income Tax Credit
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today urged low-income workers in Illinois to take advantage of the new state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the federal EITC.


January 8, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Acquisition of Critical Buffer for Wolf Road Prairie
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state has acquired 16 acres of critical buffer lands for Wolf Road Prairie in suburban Westchester, the largest and highest quality black soil prairie remaining in Illinois, and one of the largest and highest quality east of the Mississippi River.


January 8, 2001
Governor Announces New High-Tech Center for ABN Amro in Chicago
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended ABN AMRO North America, Inc. for their announced plans to build a new high-tech office tower in Chicago's West Loop that will house most of ABN AMRO's executive offices in one location.


January 8, 2001
Ryan Launches Illinois Virtual High School
Provides expanded educational opportunities to students throughout Illinois via the internet
BRADLEY -- Governor George H. Ryan today launched the first day of classes for Illinois' newest high school, the Illinois Virtual High School, providing expanded opportunities for high school students in public and nonpublic schools, both inside and outside the classroom walls with the technology of the Internet to deliver classes to students throughout the state.


January 8, 2001
Governor Issues Disaster Declaration for Entire State Following Severe Winter Storms
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today issued a disaster declaration for the entire State of Illinois, following the cumulative effects of severe winter storms last month.


January 5, 2001
Ameritech Donates $2 Million to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today accepted a $2 million grant from The Ameritech Foundation to fund the Ameritech Holavision Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


January 5, 2001
Illinois FIRST to Help Plug Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois FIRST grants totaling $367,640 are helping to plug 92 abandoned oil and gas wells in 14 southern Illinois counties.


January 5, 2001
Ryan Approves Lakefront Improvement Plan
Soldier Field reconstruction to be financed without state dollars
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation to enhance Chicago's lakefront and rebuild historic Soldier Field. House Bill 1284, which Ryan penned at a signing ceremony at Soldier Field, authorizes the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority to issue $387 million in bonds to help finance the $587 million project


January 4, 2001
Ryan Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the following appointments to Illinois boards and commissions.


January 4, 2001
Governor Announces Support for Programs That Help Consumers Pay Overdue Heating Bills
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $3.2 million to expand programs that give participants the opportunity to repay delinquent utility bills.


January 3, 2001
$181,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Southwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $181,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's southwest suburbs, including $100,000 to Campton Township to renovate the historic Wasco Great Western Train Depot.


January 3, 2001
$987,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $987,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $250,000 to the City of Northlake to reconstruct Northwest Avenue.


January 3, 2001
$1.5 million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.511 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northern Illinois, including $495,000 to Northern Illinois University in Dekalb to help establish the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic.


January 3, 2001
Ryan Takes Action to Help Illinoisans Cope With Rising Home Heating Costs
Calls for investigation into recent natural gas price surge; Establishes regional meetings to highlight assistance available to consumers; Pushes legislation to expand LIHEAP
WASHINGTON, DC -- Governor George H. Ryan today took action aimed at helping Illinois consumers deal with higher home heating costs. In an effort to address the continuing increase in natural gas prices, Ryan announced a number of steps his administration will take on behalf of Illinois consumers.


January 3, 2001
$1.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago; Northern Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.867 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago and its northern suburbs, including $1 million to the Newberry Library, an independent research library and educational institution, to remodel and construct an addition.


January 2, 2001
Ryan's Open Land Trust Program to Protect Nature Preserve in McHenry County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state has acquired 66.3 acres of land in McHenry County through the Open Land Trust Program that will protect the Lake in the Hills Fen Nature Preserve.

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