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April
2001


April 27, 2001
Ryan Announces $100,000 Grant for Streambank Restoration Projects in Four Counties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $100,000 grant to Trees Forever a non-profit organization to plant trees, shrubs and grasses along streams, as well as stabilize streambanks, enhance stream channels with natural materials, and create constructed wetlands in Kane, Kendall, Tazewell and Logan County watersheds.


April 27, 2001
Governor Calls Legislative Leaders to Coal Summit
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today called the four legislative leaders to a Legislator Coal Summit on May 2, 2001 to discuss legislation for affordable coal generation in a framework that addresses statewide energy needs.


April 26, 2001
Governor Announces $8.5 Million In ITP Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $8.5 million in Industrial Training Program (ITP) funds have been awarded to upgrade the skills of over 33,000 new and current workers. The grants have been awarded to forty-five entities, including eight companies that will use the funds to instruct their workers and the employees of their suppliers.


April 25, 2001
Governor Ryan Meets With Speaker Hastert
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Governor George H. Ryan met with U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert today to discuss Illinois' current federal priorities and ways to work together that enhance the prospects of securing additional federal funds for the state.


April 25, 2001
Jacksonville Students Make "Pennies for Lincoln" Donation, Present Lincoln Themes and Drawings for Mrs. Ryan
JACKSONVILLE -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan and students from Lincoln Elementary School celebrated the conclusion of the school's six-week "Pennies for Lincoln" campaign to help raise funds for the children's section of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


April 25, 2001
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan's Made in Illinois Premiers
New Book Serves As a Commemorative Gallery of the Work of Illinois Artisans
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that Made in Illinois, an artisan gallery, which showcases many of the state's premier artisans and their communities, is now available.


April 25, 2001
Governor Announces New Grants Program for Volunteer Service Centers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $44,800 to 14 volunteer centers in Illinois. The grants will be administered by the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service-a part of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and are an effort to promote volunteerism and encourage community service.


April 25, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces State Points of Light Award to Recognize Outstanding Volunteers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Governor's Points of Light Award to recognize and honor citizens for outstanding community service. The award will be presented to 12 Illinoisans each year who demonstrate exemplary volunteer service to their communities.


April 24, 2001
Ryan, Daley Promote Joint City-State Agenda in Washington
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan and Mayor Richard M. Daley will be in Washington, D.C. Wednesday and Thursday to meet with the Illinois Congressional delegation and other federal officials on behalf of federal initiatives benefiting the city and state.


April 24, 2001
First Lady Accepts "Penny's For Lincoln" Donation for Mrs. Lincoln's Attic
TAYLORVILLE -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today joined students at North Elementary School to read a children's book about Abraham Lincoln in celebration of the "Pennies for Lincoln" campaign.


April 24, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Commemorative Quarter Design Concepts
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the official design themes submitted to the U.S. Mint for the reverse side of the Illinois Commemorative Quarter. The Mint will use these themes to create three to five candidate designs, which will be returned to Illinois for a final selection process later this year.


April 24, 2001
Ryan to Meet With Energy Secretary Abraham
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan will meet in Washington this week with U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to discuss energy issues that face Illinois consumers, including the potential for high summertime gasoline prices, increasing the use of ethanol, supporting the clean use of Illinois coal, the disposal of nuclear waste and maintaining adequate supplies of electricity.


April 24, 2001
Governor Adds Two Counties to Disaster Declaration
NIOTA -- Governor George H. Ryan today visited the community of Niota to witness firsthand the conditions of the Mississippi River and its effects on the community.


April 23, 2001
Governor Thanks Organizers of Prevent Child Abuse Month Activities
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today thanked the Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Advocacy Group who joined forces with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)to organize events throughout the state to promote specific ways to prevent the tragedy of child abuse in our communities.


April 23, 2001
Governor Announces Grants for Defibrillators
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $750,000 to 468 government agencies and emergency medical services providers for the purchase of portable automated external defibrillators (AEDs).


April 23, 2001
$372,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $372,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $350,000 to the Village of LaGrange Park to renovate its water tower to solve health and safety issues.


April 23, 2001
$407,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $407,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Far Northwest Suburbs, including $128,000 to the City of McHenry to upgrade police equipment.


April 23, 2001
$1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.070 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northwest suburbs, including $400,000 to William Rainey Harper College in Palatine. The funds will be used to provide state of the art technology for the college's Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry programs. The college will contribute approximately 25 percent of the cost.


April 23, 2001
$530,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $530,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the south suburbs, including $250,000 to the Olympia Fields Park District to construct the Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center.


April 20, 2001
Governor Declares Eight Counties Disaster Areas
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today declared Adams, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties disaster areas. This disaster declaration is a result of heavy rains and snow melt in the upper Midwest with the potential to cause record and near-record flooding on the Mississippi River, and is a measure to assist communities with the on-going flood fighting efforts.


April 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Names Commission to Rewrite Illinois School Code
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed an executive order establishing a commission to rewrite the existing 40-year-old School Code in Illinois.


April 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Calls for a More Diverse Higher Education Faculty
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan filed an executive order reaffirming his commitment to quality and diversity in higher education faculty by charging the Board of Higher Education to create a strategy to attract more minority faculty.


April 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Marks Earth Day With Grants to Clean Environment, Buy Open Land
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released grants to promote recycling, acquire land for public use, rehabilitate lagoons, improve boat access facilities and develop computerized models of land-use changes for a Fox River tributary.


April 20, 2001
Ryan Releases $4 Million in Illinois FIRST Funds for New Kankakee County Jail
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that he is releasing $4.185 million in Illinois FIRST funds to Kankakee County to construct a new county jail. The jail will be built next to the Kankakee Airport, a site that will impact the fewest residents in the county and allow for future growth.


April 20, 2001
$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the West Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.2 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the west suburbs, including $750,000 to North Central College in Naperville to complete the interior construction of its football/track stadium and to construct five classrooms, a computer lab, a health center, a counseling office, eighteen faculty and coaches offices and office space for student services. The college is contributing $786,918.


April 20, 2001
$1.8 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.8 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $400,000 to the City of Lake Forest for the Gorton Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides activities for the benefit of the entire community.


April 20, 2001
$1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,128,450 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois River valleys, including $1 million to the Kankakee County Emergency Telephone System Board to implement the Wide Area Radio Network.


April 20, 2001
$1.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.443 million in Illinois FIRSTfunding for projects in DuPage County, including $500,000 to the City of Elmhurst to acquire land for construction of a centralized public parking area.


April 19, 2001
Ryan Seeks Input on the Development of Statewide Energy Policy
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today asked the citizens of Illinois to help the state's Energy Cabinet develop a statewide policy on energy that will coexist with the short-term and long-term goals of the Bush administration in forming a federal energy strategy for the country.


April 18, 2001
Governor Welcomes Boeing Executives to Illinois
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan joined House Speaker Denny Hastert and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in welcoming Chief Administrative Officer John Warner and other executives from The Boeing Company to Chicago as part of the company's search for a new corporate home. The Governor and Mayor also attended a dinner reception for the Boeing executives at the Art Institute of Chicago hosted by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.


April 18, 2001
Governor Ryan Names Task Force to Examine Universal Pre-School Access
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed an executive order establishing a task force to develop a plan for voluntary universal preschool access in Illinois.


April 18, 2001
First Lady Kicks Off "Pennies For Lincoln" Drive in DeKalb to Benefit the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
DEKALB -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today continued the promotion of the "Pennies for Lincoln" campaign, which offers Illinois children an opportunity to donate spare pennies to help construct the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


April 17, 2001
Ryan Announces $6,383,562 Loan for Chicago Drinking Water Improvements
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that more than $6 million in low interest loan funding will be provided to improve drinking water treatment by the city of Chicago to monitor water clarity.


April 17, 2001
Governor Ryan's Sweeping Anti-Predatory Lending Rules Approved by Legislative Panel
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the adoption of sweeping reforms to state lending regulations that will extend important new protection to Illinois homeowners by strictly prohibiting predatory mortgage lending practices. The General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved the Ryan Administration's regulations today.


April 16, 2001
Governor Awards $400,000 in Grants to Support Major Tourism Events
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that three local organizations will share in over $400,000 in Tourism Private Sector Grants. The funds will assist the groups in hosting major national and international tourism events over the next year in Illinois.


April 16, 2001
$950,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $950,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $450,000 to the Village of Washington Park to reconstruct Hallows Avenue from 49th Street to 46th Street as well as 46th Street from Hallows Avenue to Bunkum Road.


April 16, 2001
$300,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $300,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $250,000 to MacMurray College in Jacksonville to improve water flow and flood water management in and immediately adjacent to Town Brook between Hardin and Clay Streets.


April 16, 2001
$74,250 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $74,250 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwestern Illinois, including $50,000 to the Village of Sublette to replace sidewalks, install handicap ramps, renovate a parking area, and add lights along the sidewalks. This project will provide access for all pedestrians while improving the town's appearance for tourists. The village is contributing $53,450.


April 16, 2001
$885,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $885,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $300,000 to Calhoun County to build a new highway maintenance shed. The existing maintenance shed is located on a flood plain.


April 13, 2001
Ryans Release 2000 Income Tax Returns
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today made public their federal and state income tax returns for 2000.


April 13, 2001
Governor Ryan Makes Appointments to Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today the appointment of Robert C. Manion and Juliette T. Nimmons to the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees.


April 13, 2001
$137,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $137,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys, including $100,000 to the Rialto Square Theatre Corporation for improvements to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.


April 13, 2001
$1.5 million in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.5 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $814,444 to the Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation in Peoria for converting its local public television station, WTVP, to a digital broadcast facility, as mandated by the FCC.


April 13, 2001
$324,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $324,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $40,000 to the Rural Pope County Fire Protection District to purchase new fire fighting equipment.


April 13, 2001
$370,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $370,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $150,000 to the Historic Properties Preservation Foundation of Decatur, an organization that raises and distributes funds to help renovate and restore historic properties.


April 12, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Site of State's New $140 Million Maximum Security Prison
GRAYVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appropriation of $129 million in state bond funds and $11 million in Federal funds to build a 1,600-bed maximum-security prison in Grayville. There also will be a 200-bed minimum-security unit to house inmates who will provide maintenance and complete community service projects, creating a capacity for 1,800 inmates.


April 11, 2001
Ryan Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions; Names Southern Illinois University Board Members
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is appointing two new members and making two reappointments to the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees and making one new appointment for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.


April 11, 2001
Substance Abuse Among Illinois College Students Lower Than National Average
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the results of a study that shows the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and hallucinogenic drugs among Illinois college students is lower than the national average.


April 11, 2001
$1.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.36 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $500,000 to the Illinois Institute of Technology to support the Illinois Center for Food Safety and Technology.


April 11, 2001
$4.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $4.4 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $3,500,000 to AIDSCare, Inc. to construct and establish an independent and supportive living environment for persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Chicago area.


April 11, 2001
$2.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.457 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $1,500,000 to the Art Institute of Chicago to renovate the main entrance stairs.


April 11, 2001
$110,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $110,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford area, including $100,000 to Cortland to extend a storm sewer.


April 11, 2001
$2.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,472,250 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $2,000,000 to Adkins Energy Cooperative, located in Lena, to construct an ethanol production plant.


April 10, 2001
Ryan, Daley Announce Blue-Ribbon Committee to Recruit Boeing
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan and Mayor Richard M. Daley today named a blue-ribbon committee of business, civic, academic and cultural leaders to lead efforts to attract The Boeing Company's corporate headquarters to Chicago.


April 10, 2001
Grant Helps Seward Township Firm Expand, Create Jobs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today said the state will provide a $450,000 grant to Seward Township in unincorporated Winnebago County, enabling the township to drill a new well needed to meet water supply needs of its only manufacturer, Seward Screw Products, Inc.


April 10, 2001
Illinois Department of Human Services Hosts Symposium on Teen Dating Violence
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) today hosted a first-of-its kind Symposium on Teen Dating Violence at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.


April 6, 2001
Ryan Announces Brownfields Redevelopment Grant for City of the Harvey
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the City of Harvey was awarded a $32,884 Brownfields Redevelopment Grant by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.


April 6, 2001
Ryan Announces Brownfields Redevelopment Grant for the City of Mt. Vernon
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the City of Mt. Vernon has been awarded a $48,032 Brownfields Redevelopment Grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.


April 5, 2001
Governor Ryan Urges President to Deny California Oxygenate Waiver Request
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today urged President George W. Bush to deny a motor fuel oxygenate waiver for California, saying the waiver would cause significant harm to the ethanol industry and to Illinois farmers.


April 5, 2001
Governor Ryan Proclaims April "Soy Foods Month"
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has declared April as "Soy Foods Month" in Illinois in recognition of the $2.2 billion impact soy production has on the state.


April 4, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Nearly $4 Million to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Juvenile Offenders
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a statewide $3.7 million substance abuse initiative to expand treatment services for juveniles involved with the criminal justice system. The initiative is administered by the (DHS).


April 4, 2001
"Illinois Doll" Joins Unique State Collection in Pennsylvania
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan announced today that a specially designed hand-crafted doll representing the State of Illinois has taken its place among 47 other "state dolls" at the Strawberry Mansion Doll Museum in Philadelphia.


April 4, 2001
$440,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $440,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $200,000 to Island Grove Township to construct a new township building.


April 4, 2001
$540,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $540,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $315,000 to the City of Arcola to renovate its municipal building.


April 4, 2001
$736,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $736,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the far Northwest suburbs, including $400,000 to the Village of Burlington to update and repair water mains.


April 4, 2001
$585,300 in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $585,300 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $175,000 to the City of Pekin to revitalize its riverfront district.


April 4, 2001
$1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.198 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the northwest suburbs, including $450,000 to the Glenview Park District to develop multiple use sports playing fields for the Community Park West facility.


April 3, 2001
Governor Joins Legislative Leaders to Announce Funding for US 51 Expansion
MACON -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined legislative leaders to announce more than $22 million has been included in the Department of Transportation's five-year highway improvement program for the continued expansion of US 51 in Macon, Shelby, and Christian counties.


April 3, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces $184 Million in Illinois FIRST Funds for Continuation of Illinois 336 Construction
QUINCY -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that $184 million has been included in the Department of Transportation's five-year highway improvement program to fully fund completion of US 136/Illinois 336 between Quincy and Macomb.


April 3, 2001
Governor Ryan Unveils $2.3 Billion Highway Program For Fiscal Year 2002
QUINCY -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled a comprehensive highway improvement program, continuing a record pace in the delivery of Illinois FIRST road and bridge improvements.


April 2, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Land Acquisition For Proposed Sangamon Valley Bike Trail
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the acquisition of 38 miles of railroad right-of-way in central Illinois for development of the proposed Sangamon Valley Trail bicycle path.

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