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October
2001


October 31, 2001
Governor Announces 2001 Community Development Assistance Program Housing Rehabilitation Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that 24 communities will share $7,500,000 in 2001 Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) Housing Rehabilitation grant awards.


October 30, 2001
Ryan: $4.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $4,543,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $4,000,000 to the City Colleges of Chicago to assist in the construction of its new Kennedy King campus at 64th and Halsted.


October 30, 2001
Ryan: $2.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.48 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $1 million to the Lincoln Park Zoo to renovate its three acre Farm-in-the-Zoo attraction.


October 30, 2001
Ryan: $627,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $627,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $400,000 to the Village of Franklin Park for the concrete paving of all non-paved alleys in conjunction with enhanced storm water drainage for those alleys. The village is contributing $400,000. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano, R-Elmwood Park.


October 30, 2001
Ryan: $2.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,341,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the South Suburbs, including $1,500,000 to Elim Christian Services in Palos Heights.


October 30, 2001
Ryan: $12.9 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $12,965,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $6,000,000 to Elmhurst College for upgrading the campus and its facilities.


October 30, 2001
Governor Announces Funds to Help Juveniles in Detention Receive Mental Health Services
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced $2.5 million will be administered through the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)--as part of the Futures for Kids Initiative--to provide mental health services to all juvenile detention centers in Illinois.


October 29, 2001
Reading Kits Help Teachers Improve Reading Achievement
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan and the Illinois State Board of Education will provide teachers with "reading kits," for the second year in a row. A part of Gov. Ryan's Illinois Reads initiative, Reading Kits are a valuable resource for improving reading achievement in Illinois classrooms.


October 26, 2001
Ryan Awards Snowmobile Trail Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded snowmobile trail grants totaling $371,670 to eight local governments and 10 private organizations to develop and maintain public snowmobile trails in Illinois.


October 26, 2001
Ryan: $445,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $445,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $420,000 to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce to assist in phase two of the O'Hare Cargo Security Project. Phase two will use a fingerprint "smart card" access system to expedite the transfer of cargo from trucks to airplanes and enhance multi-modal security by developing an Internet-based cargo manifest. It is anticipated that this new system will be two-to-four times faster than the existing manual system and will enhance efficiency.


October 26, 2001
Ryan: $2.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,595,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $1,800,000 to the Masonic Children's Home to construct a children's home on 42 acres of donated land west of Murphysboro in Jackson County.


October 26, 2001
Ryan: $8.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $8.31 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northern Illinois, including $7.8 million to Northern Illinois University to construct a chilled water plant.


October 26, 2001
Ryan: $36,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $36,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $25,000 to the Champaign Park District to construct a workers memorial in Dodds Park.


October 26, 2001
Ryan: $940,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $940,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $500,000 to Bradley University for the West Main Development Association, a not-for-profit group that provides planning and coordination of redevelopment opportunities for business, civic, and governmental units within the Peoria area.


October 26, 2001
Ryan: $506,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $506,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $150,000 to the Department of Agriculture to help construct a cover over the warm up ring immediately south of the coliseum on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.


October 26, 2001
Ryan Redesignates Gidwitz as Illinois State Board of Education Chair
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the redesignation of Ronald J. Gidwitz as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education.


October 26, 2001
Governor and First Lady Host Halloween at Executive Mansion
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor and Mrs. Ryan will welcome all kindergarten through 6th grade elementary school children to parade in their costumes at the Illinois Executive Mansion for the annual "No Tricks-Just Treats" event on Sunday, October 28, 2001.


October 26, 2001
Ryan Makes Appointments to Toll Highway Authority
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced appointments to the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.


October 25, 2001
Ryan Lauds Businesses for Achievements in Pollution Prevention
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended 17 companies for their achievements in reducing toxic air emissions and hazardous, solid and liquid wastes in presenting the 15th annual Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards.


October 25, 2001
Governor Announces State Agencies to Receive Federal Grants Assisting Persons with Developmental Disabilities
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Illinois Department on Aging and the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) each has been awarded grants to supplement existing efforts to help persons with disabilities. The Department on Aging has been awarded a $174,684 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help elderly parents of adult children with developmental disabilities better plan for their current and future needs. DHS was awarded an $800,000 grant to help persons with disabilities and long term illnesses remain in their communities.


October 24, 2001
Hillside Strangler Relief is Here
Congestion Relief, Safety Improvements and Economic Boost Arrive Ahead of Schedule
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today kicked off the opening of the new Hillside Interchange, delivering on his pledge to eliminate the Hillside Strangler, the worst traffic snarl in the state and one of the 20 worst congestion points in the country.


October 24, 2001
Reunion Industries Moving to Libertyville
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Reunion Industries, Inc., a diversified manufacturer of metal and plastic products, is relocating its Milwaukee-based T.J. Brooks' cylinder manufacturing facility to Libertyville. The project will result in at least 40 new jobs in Illinois.


October 23, 2001
New Manufacturing Facility Coming to Galesburg
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that as a result of a cooperative effort between the public and private sectors, Advanced Minerals Corporation will locate a new 30,000 square-foot mineral processing plant in Galesburg. The facility will produce new, high performance, industrial mineral products and will ultimately lead to more than 30 new jobs.


October 23, 2001
Ryan Announces Acquisition of 345 Acres of Land Adjacent to Goose Lake Prairie in Grundy County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the acquisition of 345 acres of land adjacent to Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area and Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in Grundy County to protect high-quality prairie and provide habitat for grassland and wetland wildlife.


October 23, 2001
Ryan Announces $5 Million in Workforce Training Funding
Annual Workforce Conference Discusses Ways to Meet Economic Challenges
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $5 million in workforce funding to address critical needs in Illinois. The centers, which bring together a variety of state and local workforce development services under one roof, are designed to provide individuals with labor market skills and give employers access to qualified workers. There are 44 comprehensive one-stop centers and 54 satellite centers serving Illinois residents.


October 23, 2001
Governor Announces Homeland Security Regional Training Seminars
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the schedule and locations of a series of 16 statewide Homeland Security training seminars. Governor Ryan directed the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the regional seminars last week. The seminars are scheduled to begin October 29 and conclude on December 7 (see-attached schedule).


October 19, 2001
Elder Abuse Task Force Submits Report to Governor
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today received recommendations from the 31-member Elder Abuse Task Force he appointed last year to develop a plan to combat the growing problem of financial exploitation of seniors.


October 18, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Safe Airports for the Economy
Regional Airport Plan to Modernize O'Hare, Build Peotone, Enhance Security Keeps Meigs Open, Utilize Rockford's Airport
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan unveiled a comprehensive, long-range, regional aviation plan to stimulate the economy by building an airport in Peotone, modernizing O'Hare with a reconfigured airfield, utilizing Meigs Field and Rockford's Airport, and enhancing the security of Illinois airports with a $300 million low-interest loan program to purchase security technology.


October 15, 2001
Governor Ryan says State Preparing for Terrorist Threats
Governor's Illinois Terrorism Task Force Formed Last Spring, Training, Planning Must Continue. Homeland Security Coordinator Named
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today briefed state and local officials on the state of Illinois' domestic preparedness, which includes a fully trained Illinois Terrorism Task Force formed by the administration last Spring. The Governor also named a state Homeland Security Coordinator to continue coordinating on domestic security issues with the White House.


October 12, 2001
Ryan Appoints Blue Ribbon Panel to Search for Candidates to Run Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan announced today that he has appointed a six member committee to conduct a national search to identify candidates to run the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


October 11, 2001
Governor Calls for Statewide Education Summit in November
Summit to create a legislative agenda to improve recruitment and quality of teachers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Ryan today issued a call for education, business, labor and community leaders to participate in a statewide education summit to examine Illinois' teacher shortage and to explore strategies for improving the quality of teaching in Illinois.


October 11, 2001
Governor Announces Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Now Underway
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Illinois is now underway. Illinois households with disabled or elderly members, and those who are disconnected from their utilities, may now apply for heating assistance at locations throughout the state. (See attached list.)


October 9, 2001
Illinois Joins the Largest Early Childhood Classroom in History
HeadsUp! Reading promotes literacy statewide
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan announced that Illinois is one of seven states offering HeadsUp! Reading, a groundbreaking, distance-learning course that provides teachers with the latest research on how children learn to read and write. With 32 down link sites throughout the state, participants will join the largest early childhood "classroom" in history.


October 5, 2001
Youth Featured in Illinois' New Youth Drug Prevention Campaign
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor and Mrs. George H. Ryan announced today that a group of Illinois students were selected to be spotlighted in Be Real, a new youth alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention initiative sponsored by the State of Illinois' Futures for Kids program.


October 5, 2001
Ryan Orders Reform Program at Lincoln Developmental Center
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today initiated extensive reforms in the operation of the Lincoln Developmental Center designed to maintain the highest quality care for the facility's 370 residents.


October 4, 2001
Caterpillar Inc. Donates $1 Million to Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today accepted a $1 million donation from Caterpillar Inc. for the construction and operation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


October 4, 2001
Governor Announces New "Make It Illinois" Program
Special travel packages and hotel, theater and other discounts are available to encourage fall travel in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a new marketing program designed to stimulate tourism statewide. "Make it Illinois" allows consumers to choose from a variety of travel packages--from as low as $49.00--and receive great discounts on hotels, restaurants, theater tickets, and more.


October 4, 2001
Cook County Receives U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved his request for disaster assistance to homeowners, renters, landlords and business owners located in Cook County and the neighboring Counties of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. This disaster declaration is a result of the flooding that struck the Chicagoland area August 2, 25 & 30.


October 3, 2001
Governor Ryan Meets with Illinois National Guard Troops Called to Active Duty for Airport Security
BLOOMINGTON -- Governor George H. Ryan today met with members of the Illinois National Guard that have been called to active duty for increased security at the state's commercial airports. More than 200 members of the Illinois National Guard will begin their mission of supplementing security at 12 airports throughout Illinois Thursday, October 4.


October 3, 2001
Governor Ryan Returns from New York City
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan's second day in New York City was marked by meetings with members of the financial industry to discuss the economic health of Illinois and to demonstrate Illinois' support for members of the financial community who suffered losses in the September 11 attacks.


October 2, 2001
Mrs. Ryan to Share Reading with Children as Part of Illinois Reads and Springfield Area Book Donation Program
SPRINGFIELD -- As part of Governor Ryan's statewide Illinois Reads initiative, First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan will make a special appearance with Coca-Cola and the Reading is Fundamental StoryTravelers Wednesday (Oct. 3) to read to children and to help distribute free books to families.


October 2, 2001
Governor Proclaims Residents' Rights Week and Long Term Care Ombudsman Day
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today proclaimed the week of October 7-13 as Residents' Rights Week in Illinois, calling attention to the more than 100,000 Illinois citizens who reside in long term care facilities.


October 2, 2001
Governor Ryan Leads Business Delegation to New York City
Meets with Mayor Giuliani, Governor Pataki
NEW YORK -- Governor George H. Ryan and a delegation of business leaders will travel to New York City this morning to express support for Governor Pataki and Mayor Giuliani as they lead the recovery efforts after the September 11 terrorist attacks and to promote Illinois and New York returning to business.


October 1, 2001
Governor Ryan Welcomes the Plastics USA Convention to Illinois
Extends red carpet treatment to first major convention since 9/11
CHICAGO -- In a show of support for one of Chicago and Illinois' most important industries, Illinois Governor George Ryan and a delegation of convention executives welcomed the first major trade show since the September 11th terrorist attacks.


October 1, 2001
Ryan Announces Final Acquisition of Land for Illinois' Largest State Park
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state has acquired 9,111 acres of property in Perry County through his Open Land Trust program, completing the purchase of land for Illinois' largest state park.

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