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December
2001


December 31, 2001
Ryan: $745,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $745,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $500,000 to Ounce of Prevention, a nonprofit organization that operates a state-of-the art early childhood Educare Center in Chicago's Grand Boulevard community.


December 31, 2001
Ryan: $10.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $10.54 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $10 million to Northwestern University forbiomedical laboratories and offices that are part of the construction of the Lurie Medical Research Center at Fairbanks Court and East Huron Street in Evanston.


December 31, 2001
Ryan: $5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $5.065 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $5 million to Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center to help outfit a new, state-of-the-art bio-medical research facility on its main campus.


December 28, 2001
Ryan: $155,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $155,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $50,000 to the Cook County Forest Preserve to make improvements at Whealan Pool.


December 28, 2001
Ryan: $524,600 in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $524,600 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $120,000 to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria to implement a collaborative biotechnology/biomedical research initiative for the surrounding region.


December 28, 2001
Ryan: $1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.22 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $1 million to Lincoln College, a private, not-for-profit, coeducational, residential junior college in Lincoln, to construct a facility to be called the "Lincoln Center".


December 28, 2001
Security Training Workshops to be Held for Public Water Utilities
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will sponsor twelve vulnerability assessment workshops for public water utilities around the state during January and February 2002.


December 27, 2001
Ryan: $7.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Dupage County and the West Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $7,838,350 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County and the West Suburbs, including $6 million to the DuPage County Forest Preserve District to purchase 18 acres located in unincorporated DuPage County.


December 27, 2001
Ryan: $212,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $212,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $90,000 to the Village of Steeleville to improve public safety and accessibility of local businesses and public areas throughout the village.


December 27, 2001
Ryan: $450,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $450,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $250,000 to the East St. Louis Fire Department to purchase a new fire truck.


December 24, 2001
Ryan: $650,000 in Illinois First Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $650,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $400,000 to the City of Oakland to help construct a new water supply system.


December 24, 2001
Ryan: $222,500 in Illinois First Projects for Northern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $222,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northern Illinois, including $200,000 to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb to pave the campus street used to access the new Convocation Center.


December 24, 2001
Ryan: $842,500 in Illinois First Projects for the North and Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $842,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the North and Northwest Suburbs, including $550,000 to the Chicago Horticultural Society to help restore an area of shorelines at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


December 21, 2001
Ryan: $395,000 in Illinois First Projects for Kankakee/Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $395,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois river valleys, including $300,000 to the Kankakee Township Fire Protection District to remodel and equip a building at 2215 South Kensington Avenue.


December 21, 2001
Ryan: $1.5 Million in Illinois First Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.535 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $1.5 million to Knox College, in Galesburg, to renovate Alumni Hall for public and academic purposes.


December 21, 2001
Ryan: $1.3 Million in Illinois First Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,306,610 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the South Suburbs, including $1million to the Village of Evergreen Park to purchase 100 acres of open land.


December 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Encourages Kids and Families to Read Together During the Holidays
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan, today encouraged Illinois families to take time out during this holiday season for reading.


December 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Legislation to Save Retired Teacher Insurance Plan
Legislature Passes Governor’s Plan, Huge Premium Increases Averted
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed a bill into law to save the state’s health insurance plan for Illinois’ 44,000 retired public school teachers and their dependents who faced the prospect of an 80 percent increase in premiums.


December 19, 2001
Illinois Artisans Featured in Christmas Displays at The White House and Nixon Library
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that five Illinois artisans have been selected to create ornaments on behalf of Illinois for display on Christmas Trees at the White House and Nixon Library.


December 19, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs House Bill 2296
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 2296, reenacting the criminal law provisions of Public Act 90-456 concerning the Emergency Telephone System Act, the disorderly conduct offense and search warrant provisions.


December 14, 2001
Ryan, ADM Launch First Commercial Grain Shipment to Cuba in Nearly 40 Years
NEW ORLEANS -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined ADM officials and leaders of the Illinois agriculture industry as the first U.S. commercial shipment of grain since 1963 set sail to Cuba.


December 14, 2001
Ryan Appoints Moore to Post at Natural Resources
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today appointed State Rep. Andrea S. Moore as the assistant director for the Department of Natural Resources, a post that will enable her to use her vast experience in environmental and conservation efforts on behalf of the people of Illinois.


December 14, 2001
Governor Announces New Hilton Reservations Center in Streator, Illinois
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Hilton Reservations Worldwide (HRW) plans to open a new reservations call center in Streator, Illinois, 90 miles southwest of Chicago. The new center will be one of six the company operates in the United States and will initially employ 75 people. The other centers operate in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington and California, collectively handling HRW’s 30 million hotel reservation calls each year.


December 12, 2001
Illinois Selected to Host International Biotechnology Conference
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois will host the world’s largest biotechnology exposition, the 2006 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) International Conference and Exhibition, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.


December 11, 2001
Governor Ryan Accepting Nominations for Young American Medals Program
Honors Youth for Outstanding Bravery and Service
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the Young American Medals Program, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of young men and women 18 years old or younger.


December 11, 2001
Ryan Orders 42 More Residents Moved From Lincoln Developmental Center
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today ordered the transfer of 42 residents from the Lincoln Developmental Center to other appropriate care settings because of continual problems at the facility that place residents in jeopardy.


December 10, 2001
Governor Urges Illinoisans to Take Part in Remembrance Day
SPRINGFIELD –- Governor George H. Ryan called on Illinoisans to mark the three-month anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with a moment of silent reflection and reminded all citizens that the state’s official ceremony will be broadcast live via the Internet.


December 7, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Illinois Tomorrow Award Winners
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan announced that the first “Illinois Tomorrow Awards” highlighting outstanding balanced growth initiatives were presented today.


December 7, 2001
Illinois Takes Part in September 11th Remembrance Event
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced plans for Illinois’ participation in a national day of remembrance on December 11th that has been called by President Bush to honor the three-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.


December 6, 2001
Governor Ryan, Mayor Daley Agree to Aviation Expansion Plan
Includes O’Hare Expansion, Third Airport in Peotone, and Meigs Field Remains Open
CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley have agreed to a comprehensive aviation plan for the Chicagoland region including expanding O’Hare International Airport, building an airport in south suburban Peotone area, and keeping Meigs Field open for 25 years.


December 6, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Executive Order for Integrated Justice Information System
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Executive Order No. 12, reaffirming his commitment to Illinois’ Integrated Justice Information Systems.


December 5, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces New “Green Government” Initiatives
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today issued a broad-based executive order that will mean a “greener” approach to operations, purchasing and construction activities by state agencies.


December 3, 2001
Gov. Ryan Asks Congress to Pass Regional Airport Plan
O'Hare, Peotone and Meigs Airlines to Continue Subsidizing Meigs
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan has asked Congress to pass a legislative package to put Peotone on a faster track with the FAA and approve an O'Hare expansion plan to keep Meigs open for 25 years.


December 3, 2001
Illinois Ranks First in the Nation in Education Technology
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that, in the use of technology, Illinois tied for first in the nation in Education and second in the nation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Transportation. The rankings are based on the fourth round of an extensive study by the Center for Digital Government released today.

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