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November
2001


November 30, 2001
Ryan Announces World AIDS Day Observance
Lights to be dimmed across the nation
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced Illinois will participate in the nation's 14th annual observance of World AIDS Day by dimming the Capitol dome lights and lights at state government buildings in Springfield and Chicago on the evening of December 1.


November 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Hails Increase in Nationally Certified Teachers
Presents Education Summit Recommendations
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that 163 Illinois teachers achieved National Board Certification this year, nearly doubling the participation of the previous year.


November 30, 2001
Department of Human Services Receives More Than $5 Million to Improve Drug, Alcohol, HIV/AIDS and Treatment Services
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Illinois Department of Human Services' (DHS) Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASA) received three Federal grants totaling more than $5 million to improve its drug, alcohol, HIV/AIDS and treatment services and to implement pilot programs designed to expand services in targeted areas.


November 29, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Third Round of Budget Cuts
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the latest round of budget cuts to several agencies to close the state’s $500 million budget shortfall brought on by the September terror attacks. The Governor said some child care funding cut earlier in the week had been restored and that key services to senior citizens and the disabled had been spared.


November 28, 2001
Belvidere Selected for New High–Tech Facility
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that NDK America, Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., has selected Belvidere, Illinois for a new, state-of-the-art facility combining manufacturing with research and development, executive office functions, warehousing, and sales and marketing. The project will lead to the creation of at least fifty new jobs and will employ construction workers over the next fifteen months.


November 28, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces More Budget Cuts
Governor Responds to Post September 11th Economic Downturn Seeks Legislative Assistance to Lessen Impact of Further Cuts
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today issued a second round of budget cuts in as many days as he seeks to close a state budget gap brought on by the September 11 terror attacks. The latest measures, announced after the Governor met with the General Assembly’s four legislative caucuses, will save the state up to $136 million through the end of fiscal year 2002.


November 27, 2001
Ryan Announces Further Action to Balance the State Budget
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $220 million in spending reductions that are designed to help close a gap in the state budget caused by a slumping national economy and the terrorist attacks of September 11th.


November 26, 2001
Governor Ryan Opens Newest Section of Illinois 336 in West Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today led local officials and state legislators in the ribbon cutting officially opening the new six-mile section of Illinois 336 that brings the Quincy to Macomb expressway to nearly 40% completion.


November 26, 2001
First Lady Meets with Business Leaders to Discuss Universal Access to Preschool
ABBOTT PARK, IL -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan, members of the Governor’s Task Force on Universal Access to Preschool, Miles White, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abbott Laboratories, other representatives of Abbott Laboratories and community leaders today met to discuss the need for access to quality early childhood care and education.


November 20, 2001
Ryan: $175,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $175,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the far Northwest Suburbs, including $100,000 to the Village of Bull Valley to renovate an existing barn on Cherry Valley Road into a Village Hall/Police Station.


November 20, 2001
Ryan: $306,800 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $306,800 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northwest Suburbs, including $236,800 to Schaumburg Township to purchase lighting, an underground watering system, office furniture and equipment, software, a 19 passenger wheelchair lift equipped bus and to make improvements to a walkway at its township building.


November 20, 2001
Ryan: $4.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $4.879 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $4.7 million to the Northshore School District 112 to the capital costs of the recently completed construction of Oak Terrace School in Highwood.


November 20, 2001
Ryan: $1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,237,250 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects for the South Suburbs, including $500,000 to Calumet City to help replace sidewalk and a parkway along Burnham Avenue from Sibley Boulevard to Michigan City Road.


November 19, 2001
Ryan: $65,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $65,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $60,000 to Old Ripley Township to repair and purchase parts for the road district's equipment.


November 19, 2001
Ryan: $50,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $50,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $40,000 to the Henderson Fire Protection District to help purchase a new water tanker.


November 19, 2001
Ryan: $713,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee/Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $713,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois river valleys, including $250,000 to the City of Ottawa to purchase 62.5 acres of property east of the city, commonly known as Harpers Farm.


November 19, 2001
Ryan: $245,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $245,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northern Illinois, including $150,000 to the Blackhawk Valley Riding for the Handicapped to expand its facility.


November 19, 2001
Ryan: $225,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $225,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $115,000 to the Village of Dowell to replace a bridge on West Road in the southwest corner of the village.


November 16, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Open Land Trust Acquisition of Duck Island, Adjacent to Rice Lake Conservation Area in Fulton County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state is acquiring the 1,209-acre Duck Island property adjacent to the Rice Lake Conservation Area in Fulton County through his Open Land Trust initiative, providing enhanced natural resource protection and outdoor recreation opportunities.


November 16, 2001
Ryan: $120,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $120,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $40,000 to the General Robert E. Wood Boys and Girls Club to replace outdated office equipment, purchase maintenance supplies, defray transportation costs and enable the staff to attend training classes.


November 16, 2001
Ryan: $435,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $435,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $150,000 to the Northlake Fire Protection District to purchase a new ambulance and upgrade its equipment with new tanks, harnesses, and masks.


November 16, 2001
Ryan: $9.7 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $9,778,700 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $2.5 million to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 to help renovate York High School.


November 16, 2001
Ryan: $11.9 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago

SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $11.928 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $10 million to Chicago State University to construct a Convocation Center at the university.


November 16, 2001
Ryan: $570,900 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $570,900 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $325,900 to the Cambodian Association of Illinois to expand and renovate its community center.


November 15, 2001
AmerenCIPS Donates $250,000 to Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today accepted a $250,000 donation from AmerenCIPS for the construction and operation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


November 15, 2001
Governor and Mrs. Ryan Challenge Kids to Read with New “Illinois Reads in Special Places” Campaign
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. George H. Ryan today announced a new campaign to challenge children to read. Recognizing that every community has a “special place”—a centerpiece that marks the individuality of each city, village or town in Illinois-- the “Illinois Reads in Special Places” campaign encourages school classes to take time to read at that place and then submit drawings, essays, poems of the experience to the Governor’s office in Springfield.


November 14, 2001
Ryan Creates ‘International High School’ Program for Students
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today marked International Education Week by announcing the creation of the first-ever International High School Program in Illinois, an initiative that will help students better understand and use the economic, historic and cultural links our state shares with other countries.


November 14, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Supplemental Request to Boost Homeland Security Efforts, Combat Bioterrorism
$17 Million Needed Immediately for Labs, Police, Fire and National Guard Builds Upon Proactive Efforts of Terrorism Task Force
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced he will seek a supplemental appropriation of $17 million to meet the state’s immediate needs for domestic preparedness. The money will bolster the state’s already proactive efforts to prepare for bioterrorism by investing in the state public health lab system and establishing a pharmaceutical stockpile.


November 14, 2001
Ryan Endorses Proposal for Retired Teachers’ Insurance Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today endorsed a plan from his Teachers’ Retirement Insurance Program Task Force that will save the state’s health insurance for nearly 44,000 public school teacher retirees and their dependents from insolvency.


November 14, 2001
Teacher Shortage Expected to Dramatically Rise Between 2004 and 2006
SPRINGFIELD -– The shortage of quality teachers in Illinois is expected to significantly increase over the next three to five years, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.


November 9, 2001
Department of Human Services Receives $2.25 Million Federal Award for Assistive Technology
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Department of Human Services (DHS) has been awarded $2.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the TechConnect Low Interest Loan Program.


November 9, 2001
Ryan: $4.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $4.11 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $2.5 million to Millikin University to help renovate the Scovill Science Hall on its Decatur campus.


November 8, 2001
Illinois’ Draft Energy Policy Now Online
Governor Announces $1.3 Million in New Grants for Renewable Energy Projects
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the state’s developing energy policy drafted by the Energy Cabinet is now available to the public for comment by logging onto the state’s website at www.state.il.us/gov/energy. Interested citizens can email comments on the policy to ilenergypolicy@state.il.us before December 8, 2001.


November 8, 2001
Governor Hosts Illinois Mathematics Summit
Experts Focus on Mathematics Education in Illinois
NAPERVILLE, IL -- Governor George Ryan invited representatives of higher education, K-12 educators, state and local policymakers and business and community members to gather today at the Illinois Mathematics Summit held at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville Campus.


November 7, 2001
Governor’s Parole Initiative Cracks Down on Crime
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than 14,781 parolees were returned to prison in FY01 as a result of the revitalized parole operation, including "Operation Windy City," which is a joint effort between the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Chicago Police Department. This marked a significant increase from the 8,150 parolees returned in FY00 and the 7,076 in FY99.


November 6, 2001
Governor Announces Major Acquisition in Madison County for Confluence Greenway Project
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced the state's acquisition of more than 2,000 acres in Madison County, which will become part of the Confluence Greenway, a 40-mile area extending from St. Louis to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton.


November 6, 2001
The Governor's Summit on Education to Examine Teacher Preparation Practices
SPRINGFIELD -- The Governor's Summit on Education, to be held in Springfield on November 19, will focus on the critical teacher quality and shortage issues and will address our teachers' mastery of basic skills and subject areas.


November 5, 2001
Eagle Wings Industries to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Olney
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Eagle Wings Industries, Inc. (EWI) will open a new manufacturing facility in Olney through its Richland Manufacturing Division. The company will invest approximately $8.5 million in order to occupy the former Marwi bicycle facility leading to the creation of at least 50 new jobs.


November 2, 2001
Ryan Makes Appointment to the Gaming Board
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today appointed Tobias G. Barry to the Illinois Gaming Board.


November 2, 2001
National Guard to Provide Visible Security Presence at Nuclear Plants
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Illinois National Guard will take a more visible presence at Illinois Nuclear Plants joining security measures already in place. This enhanced visible presence will last throughout the period that U. S. Attorney General John Ashcroft indicated American citizens should be on a heightened state of vigilance.


November 2, 2001
Ryan: $676,350 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the West Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $676,350 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the West Suburbs, including $250,000 to the City of Lockport to reconstruct the Farrell Road Bridge over Fiddyment Creek.


November 1, 2001
Governor's Summit on Education to Examine Shortage and Quality of Teachers
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois education leaders, policy-makers, legislators, business, labor and civic leaders from around the state will come together for the first time in nearly 20 years on November 19, 2001 to address critical teacher quality and shortages that have become the cornerstone of the education challenges facing Illinois and the United States.


November 1, 2001
Ryan: $655,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $655,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the far Northwest Suburbs, including $100,000 to the Village of Hinckley to expand its waste water/sewage treatment plant in order to meet current Illinois Environmental Protection Agency requirements. This project will remove the village from IEPA's "restrictive status." The village is contributing $695,000. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Patricia Linder R-Aurora.


November 1, 2001
Ryan: $92,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee/Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $92,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Kankakee and the Illinois river valleys, including $60,000 to Florence Township to purchase a new dump truck and snow plow. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Sen. Larry Walsh, D-Elwood.


November 1, 2001
Ryan: $140,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County and the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $140,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County and the Northwest Suburbs, including $50,000 to the International Center on Deafness and the Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enhancement of the total development of children who are deaf and hard of hearing through quality experiences in the arts. The Center will purchase visual recognition equipment, two TDD telephone units, lighting, speakers, display cases and carpeting for its center in Northbrook. The organization is contributing $40,000. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Elizabeth Coulson, R-Glenview.


November 1, 2001
Ryan: $81,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $81,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $30,000 to Rock River Valley Self Help Enterprises, a not-for-profit corporation that provides services to mentally, physically and socially challenged persons in Whiteside County. The agency will install a new heating system and upgrade its technology system at its West LeFevre Road facility in Sterling. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Ronald Lawfer, R-Stockton.


November 1, 2001
Ryan: $855,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Quincy and Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $855,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Quincy and Southwestern Illinois, including $500,000 to South Central Mass Transit to acquire land and construct an office building at the corner of Locust and Broadway Streets in Centralia.

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