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March
2001


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather.


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. Nearly $16 million has been earmarked for spring road repairs in Chicago and the collar counties.


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- Northwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. More than $21 million has been earmarked for the 12 counties that comprise IDOT District 2, which includes all of Northwestern Illinois.


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. More than $4.3 million has been allocated for repair in the 12 counties in District 5, which covers most of East-Central Illinois.


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- Metro East
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. More than $3 million has been allocated for Metro East roads.


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. Highways in southern Illinois have been targeted for $2.6 million in road repairs.


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- Quad Cities
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. More than $21 million has been allocated for spring repairs in IDOT District 2, which includes most of Northwestern Illinois. Nearly $10 million has been earmarked for repairs in the Quad Cities.


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- Sangamon County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. Roads in Springfield and Sangamon County will receive $3.7 million in repairs.


March 30, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. More than $9 million will be spent to repair roads in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Knox and Fulton counties. An additional $1.1 million will be spent in McLean County to resurface 6.9 miles on Interstate 55/74 around the west side of Bloomington/Normal.


March 30, 2001
Seven Illinois Counties Receive U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George Ryan announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved his request to provide disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to the residents of Henry County and the contiguous counties of Bureau, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark and Whiteside. Flooding from the Rock River in the Village of Cleveland and surrounding area in Henry County caused damage to homes and businesses during the latter part of February. This flood was caused by an ice jam, inundating the area in a matter of hours.


March 30, 2001
Governor Announces Auto Component Manufacturing Plant Coming to Southern Illinois
MARION -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Aisin U.S.A. Manufacturing, Inc. will construct a $20 million automobile component manufacturing facility in Marion. Construction on the 150,000 square foot building is scheduled to be completed by June of next year, and the company plans on employing approximately 200 people by the end of 2002.


March 30, 2001
$363,900 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $363,900 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $85,000 to the Lindenhurst Park District to purchase a new bus with a handicap lift.


March 30, 2001
$260,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $260,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford area, including $150,000 to the City of Byron to repair sidewalks, curbs and gutters on Second Street from Washington Street to Chestnut Street.


March 30, 2001
$261,550 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the West Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $261,550 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the west suburbs, including $147,200 to the City of Geneva to enhance its downtown area.


March 30, 2001
$720,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $720,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the south suburbs, including $200,000 to the Village of Thornton to construct, equip and furnish an observatory/learning center at Material Services Corporation's stone quarry.


March 28, 2001
Ryan Proposes Plan to Eliminate Tolls; Rebuild and Widen Crowded Roads
LOCKPORT -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled a comprehensive program that will close down toll booths on the 43-year-old toll highway system in Northeastern Illinois, rebuild crumbling sections of the system and construct the badly-needed south extension of Interstate 355 into Will County.


March 28, 2001
$2 Million in Illinois FIRST Funding for Medinah Temple Renovation
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2 million in Illinois FIRST funding to help with the renovation of the historic downtown block that contains the Medinah Temple building and the Tree Studios.


March 28, 2001
$2.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,252,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago and Suburban Cook County, including $1 million to help renovate the Unity Temple, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed national historic landmark in Oak Park.


March 27, 2001
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.269 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $250,000 to the Thresholds Older Adult Program to help maintain and restore services that were cut as a result of Federal Medicare program changes.


March 27, 2001
$145,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $145,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $100,000 to the City of Silvis to expand its public library.


March 26, 2001
$1.6 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.665 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $750,000 to the Ounce of Prevention Fund to repay a loan used for construction of the Erikson Institute Educenter.


March 23, 2001
$16.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $16.14 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $13,000,000 to renovate and restore the landmark Auditorium Theater.


March 23, 2001
Authentify Establishes New Headquarters in Chicago
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Authentify, Inc. is expanding its Illinois operations and will set up new headquarters in Chicago. The project will result in the creation of 80 new jobs over the course of the next two years with the retention of a current staff of 25. Authentify, which was founded and headquartered in Des Plaines, chose Chicago over Houston, TX for its expansion.


March 23, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Eight Clean Lakes Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that eight Clean Lakes Program grants totaling $965,372 have been approved to begin or continue lake improvement projects at 11 lakes around the state.


March 22, 2001
Governor Ryan Makes Sales Pitch to Boeing -- Governor Calls Boeing Executive Leading Headquarters Selection Effort
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George Ryan today personally contacted Boeing executive John Warner, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, and the point person on the selection of a new Boeing Corporate Headquarters, to discuss the company's plans to relocate their headquarters from Seattle.


March 21, 2001
Governor Makes Pitch for Boeing Headquarters
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the State of Illinois will aggressively pursue The Boeing Company's corporate headquarters relocation. Boeing announced that Chicago is among three cities being considered as the new location for the company's world headquarters.


March 21, 2001
Governor Announces New Literacy Goals and Touts Progress
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan thanked the Advisory Council on Literacy for the "Illinois Reads: Report on Literacy in Illinois," detailing the current status of literacy initiatives and establishing future goals for the coming year.


March 21, 2001
Gov. Ryan Calls to Eliminate 81 State Boards and Commissions
Governor Continues Major Commitment to Streamlining Government
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today recommended 81 state boards and commissions be eliminated, continuing his efforts to streamline Illinois government.


March 21, 2001
$315,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $315,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwest Illinois, including $75,000 to the Illinois Conservation Foundation for expenses associated with the 2000 Bass Quest Tournament.


March 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces 2001 Heritage Grant Awards
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the recipients of the 2001 Heritage Grants, a new program designed to help not-for-profit organizations and local governments rehabilitate historic properties.


March 20, 2001
Governor Reaffirms Vision of the Illinois Century Network, New Director is Named
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan continues his commitment to promote and support the establishment and expansion of the Illinois Century Network (ICN), a high-speed telecommunications network providing access to data, video, and audio communication in schools, libraries, colleges, universities, museums, and municipal government.


March 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Acquisition of 160 Acres of Land in Iroquois County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the acquisition of 160 acres of land in southwest Iroquois County to provide additional habitat for grassland wildlife.


March 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Acquisition of 147 Acres in Vermilion County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the acquisition of 147 acres along the Little Vermilion River in east-central Illinois through his Open Land Trust Program.


March 19, 2001
Krispy Kreme to Open Plant in Effingham
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. is planning to construct a new mix and distribution facility in Effingham that will create 100 new jobs over the next three years.


March 16, 2001
$8.6 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $8.6 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $7.3 million to the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.


March 16, 2001
Gov. Ryan Issues Executive Order Forming Mississippi Delta Advisory Council
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today issued an executive order creating the Mississippi Delta Advisory Council for the 16 Southern Illinois counties in the federally designated Lower Mississippi River Region.


March 16, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Plan to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Female Offenders
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a statewide substance abuse initiative to expand treatment services for women involved with the criminal justice system. The $833,228 initiative is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).


March 16, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces a $1 Million Plan to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Services in Rural Areas
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $1 million initiative to expand substance abuse treatment services in rural Illinois. Twenty-one community-based substance abuse treatment programs received funding for the rural initiative, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).


March 16, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces a $3.9 Million Plan to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Men
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $3.9 million to expand substance abuse treatment services for men who suffer from addiction, but lack the resources to pay for services. The male/family reunification initiative, administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, is part of the Governor's plan for health care and substance abuse services.


March 16, 2001
USEPA Will Increase Carbon Monoxide Reduction Benefit in Reformulated Gasoline
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for recognizing the clean air benefits of ethanol fuel with changes to the reformulated gasoline (RFG) program - one that may also result in lower gasoline prices this summer.


March 15, 2001
$2.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.2 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $500,000 to the Foss Park District to design and plan a sports and recreational facility.


March 15, 2001
$2.7 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.7 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $1.4 million to McLean County to resurface and reconstruct Towanda-Barnes Road.


March 15, 2001
$80,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's Southwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $80,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's southwest suburbs, including $30,000 to the Fox Valley YMCA to continue construction of a new, enlarged facility to serve an existing pre-school program.


March 15, 2001
$2.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,434,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $800,000 to the City of Centreville to continue a sewer project to extend service to areas of the community that currently use septic systems.


March 14, 2001
$1.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,318,300 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $190,000 to Rantoul Township to construct an equipment maintenance facility.


March 14, 2001
$1.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,867,500 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys, including $500,000 to the City of Peru for road improvements on Shooting Park Road.


March 14, 2001
$3.6 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3,630,000 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois including $1.3 million to the Village of Roxana to make improvements to Wagon Wheel Road.


March 13, 2001
$2.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,252,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago and Suburban Cook County, including $1 million to help renovate the Unity Temple, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed national historic landmark in Oak Park.


March 12, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Acquisition of 2,272 Acres in Brown County
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced the acquisition of 2,272 acres of land in Brown County, known as Buckhorn Ranch, for public recreation and natural resource protection.


March 12, 2001
$5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $5 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's south suburbs, including $1,000,000 to the village of Evergreen Park to acquire and renovate the village's municipal golf course and facilities.


March 12, 2001
Ryan Announces Funding for Flossmoor Waste Treatment Plant
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Cook County village of Flossmoor will receive approximately $1.2 million in Illinois FIRST funding to improve sanitary sewers in the Braeburn/Brassie area of the village.


March 11, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Plans for New Kankakee County Jail Moving Forward
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $4 million dollars of Illinois FIRST funding will be made available for a new Kankakee County Jail, and that a site for the new jail has been selected. The $4.185 million will allow the Kankakee County Public Building Commission to move ahead with planning and site preparation.


March 9, 2001
Gov. Ryan and President Kim Discuss Trade, Korean Relations -- Ryan honors Nobel Prize winner
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today welcomed President Kim Dae-jung of the Republic of Korea to Illinois and commended President Kim for his lifelong commitment to human rights.


March 9, 2001
Ryan Announces $600,000 Loan to Pair with Illinois FIRST Funds for New Water Tower at Carthage
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that a low interest loan for $600,000 has been approved for the city of Carthage to upgrade the city's drinking water plant.


March 9, 2001
Ryan Announces Funding for Swansea Waste Treatment Plant
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that funding has been approved for a $1.6 million project to improve sewage treatment at Swansea in St. Clair County.


March 9, 2001
$6.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $6.88 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $75,000 to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center to develop and deliver a home management program for children with autism and their families.


March 8, 2001
Gov. Ryan Proposes Major Ethics Reform: End Soliciting of Employees, Strengthen Gift Ban, Limit Influence on Contracting -- Civic Federation, Senator Simon Endorse Ethics Reform Package
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan has proposed a sweeping ethics reform package that strengthens the gift ban act; bans all state constitutional officers from soliciting campaign contributions from their employees; curtails fundraising by state regulators; and limits the influence of former state officials in the awarding of state contracts.


March 7, 2001
$2.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.385 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $500,000 to the Chicago Park District to develop a new park at an historic site.


March 7, 2001
First Lady Kicks Off "Pennies for Lincoln" Drive to Benefit Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
ALTAMONT - First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today officially kicked off the "Pennies for Lincoln" campaign, which offers Illinois schoolchildren an opportunity to donate spare pennies to help construct the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


March 6, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces $4.8 Million in Museum Operating Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded $4.8 million in grants to 85 museums to enhance their education programs and expand educational opportunities for students, tourists and other visitors.


March 6, 2001
Governor Announces $10 Million in Capital Grants for Public Museum Exhibits and Facilities
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $10 million in grants to 39 public museums to assist in developing new exhibits and improving museum facilities.


March 5, 2001
$1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,142,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $250,000 to the Southwestern School Foundation to construct the Southwestern Athletic Facility in Piasa.


March 5, 2001
$493,250 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $493,250 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwestern Illinois, including $90,000 to the Albany Fire Protection District to purchase a new pumper/tanker fire truck. The district is contributing $46,589.


March 5, 2001
Governor Announces Community Water and Sewer Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $24 million in grants to 94 villages, cities, townships and counties for the improvement and upkeep of vital water and sewage infrastructure.


March 2, 2001
$2.7 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,752,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs, including $632,000 to the Village of Buffalo Grove to install a traffic signal on Weiland Road at the Aptakisic Junior High School exit and to install 2,400 feet of chain link fence at the school.


March 2, 2001
Union Pacific Railroad Donates $50,000 to Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today accepted a $50,000 donation from the Union Pacific Railroad Company for the construction and operation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


March 2, 2001
Governor Announces Grants for Recreational Trail and Off-Highway Trail Development and Maintenance Projects
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $1 million in grants to 14 communities and organizations for recreational trail development and maintenance projects.


March 1, 2001
Governor Issues Disaster Declaration for Henry and Rock Island Counties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today issued a disaster declaration for Henry and Rock Island counties, following severe flooding along the Rock River as a result of ice jams. Affected areas include the community of Cleveland and the townships of Colona and Hanna in Henry County and the communities of Osborn, Barstow and Hillsdale and the townships of Hampton and Zuma in Rock Island County, as well as unincorporated areas of Henry and Rock Island counties.


March 1, 2001
State Grants for Teen Reach Programs Expanded
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan announced today that more than $600,000 will be awarded to nine new Teen REACH programs throughout the state, expanding state support for initiatives that provide young people with after-school educational and cultural activities.

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