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July
2001


July 31, 2001
Illinois State Fair Parade Marshal Named
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today named butter cow sculptor Norma "Duffy" Lyon the Grand Marshal of the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.


July 30, 2001
Illinois Receives Nearly $1 Million to Help Integrate Criminal Justice Information Systems
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $1 million to implement a plan for integrating criminal justice computer systems so state and local agencies can more easily share relevant information.


July 30, 2001
Governor Announces Increase in Number of Disabled Persons Finding Jobs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) released information detailing record-breaking success in placing people with disabilities into competitive employment for fiscal year 2001. According to DHS' Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), an all-time high of 6,757 people with disabilities entered into competitive employment during fiscal year 2001. In fiscal year 2000, DHS/ORS placed 5,414 people with disabilities into competitive employment, a 25% increase.


July 27, 2001
Ryan Signs Bill to Address Teacher Shortage
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 1293, addressing a statewide teacher shortage by temporarily increasing the amount of time a substitute may spend teaching in a single school district.


July 27, 2001
Ryan Adds Aggravated Arson to Truth-in-Sentencing Law
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan signed House Bill 427 into law today, adding aggravated arson to the list of offenses covered by the state's Truth-in-Sentencing law. The new law will almost double the average amount of time an offender spends in prison.


July 27, 2001
Governor Announces Community Development Grant Winners
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $1,250,000 in grants to 33 villages, cities, townships and counties. The grants are through a pair of initiatives funded by the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) for water and sewer planning projects, and the removal of architectural barriers to provide access for people with disabilities.


July 27, 2001
Grants Awarded to Counties for Landfill Inspection and Illegal Dumping Investigations
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced that 16 Illinois counties have been awarded Solid Waste Enforcement Grants by the Illinois EPA to enable them to conduct inspections of landfills, compost sites and transfer stations and for investigations and enforcement activities at solid waste disposal sites and illegal dumps.


July 27, 2001
State Assistance Allows the City of Hoopeston to Retain Jobs at Food Warehouse
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the City of Hoopeston will receive a $500,000 grant for improvements at the municipally owned sewage treatment plant that will also benefit a local company, Hoopeston Foods, Inc. The loan will upgrade the city's existing sewage treatment lagoons to bring them into compliance with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and accommodate the future growth needs of Hoopeston Foods.


July 27, 2001
$3.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3.29 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $2.4 million to Blackburn College to construct a new "student services center" on its campus in Carlinville.


July 27, 2001
$160,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $160,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $100,000 to the Village of Green Oaks to construct a 12-foot wide acceleration lane with a shoulder on eastbound Illinois Route 176 east of Ashford Drive. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Susan Garrett, D-Lake Forest.


July 27, 2001
$210,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $210,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford Area, including $200,000 to the Village of Stillman Valley to drill and construct test wells in order to find a viable water source to increase the quantity and improve the quality for the community. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Sen. Bradley Burzynski, R-Sycamore.


July 27, 2001
$60,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the West Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $60,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the West Suburbs, including $50,000 to Family Counseling Services of Aurora to help with the cost of purchasing a building at 70 South River Street. The organization is contributing $300,000. This Illinois FIRST was initiated by State Sen. Ed Petka, R-Plainfield.


July 26, 2001
Ryan Signs Legislation Strengthening the Childhood Passenger Protection Act - Governor joins Ford Motor Company in the Boost America! campaign
CHICAGO -- Governor Ryan today signed Senate Bill 98 that requires drivers to have all passengers under 16 (currently 6) in seat belts or restraint systems and Senate Bill 403 that increases the maximum fine for a violation of the Child Passenger Protection Act to $50.


July 26, 2001
Ryan Signs Legislation to Honor Peoria Couple with Park in Their Name
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan signed SB12 today that will rename Wildlife Prairie Park the Bill and Hazel Rutherford Wildlife Prairie State Park, in honor of the couple who deeded the park and education facility to the state last fall.


July 25, 2001
Ryan Signs Bill Expanding Access to Health Insurance Coverage
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed into law legislation that will help expand the number of people who can get health insurance when they lose their job.


July 25, 2001
Ryan Signs Legislation Allowing for Hands-Free Cellular Phone Use in Motor Vehicles
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 10, making it legal for drivers to use earpieces and single-sided headsets in conjunction with their cell or mobile phones while driving.


July 25, 2001
Governor Signs Bill Amending Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed SB114 amending the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act, requiring hospitals to develop a strategy for treating rape victims, including distributing information about emergency contraception to prevent a pregnancy resulting from the assault. The bill also requires the Department of Public Health to set the minimum acceptable protocol standards.


July 24, 2001
Ryan Signs Heather's Law
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today signed legislation into law to prevent minors from being issued a driver's license or renewing an instructional permit while criminal charges are pending against them. House Bill 2161, known as "Heather's Law," was passed in response to the tragic death of a Springfield teen last summer who was killed in a one-car accident with an unlicensed, teen-aged driver who, after the accident, still received his driver's license.


July 24, 2001
Governor Signs Law to Eliminate MTBE
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed the MTBE Elimination Act, legislation that will protect Illinois' groundwater and provide a financial boost to the state's farmers.


July 23, 2001
Governor Signs Bill Assisting Seniors in Circuit Breaker Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed HB 2438 making significant administrative changes intended to simplify the State's Pharmaceutical Assistance program, also known as the Circuit Breaker Program.


July 23, 2001
Ryan Announces Brownfields Redevelopment Grant for City of East Peoria
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the City of East Peoria has been awarded a Brownfields Redevelopment Grant by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $120,000.


July 23, 2001
Ryan Announces Funding to Two Groups for Water Quality Planning in 16 Counties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced approval of funding to planning commissions in northeastern and southern Illinois for water quality management activities.


July 20, 2001
Ryan Signs SB 816 Increasing Efforts to Prevent Unnecessary Institutionalization of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 816, creating the Prevention of Unnecessary Institutionalization Act as a critical piece of legislation to assist individuals with disabilities and those over the age of 60 to remain in their homes. SB 816 is related to the Olmstead Decision. The Olmstead Decision of the United States Supreme Court, provides that individuals with disabilities should be able to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, taking into account the resources available to the state and the needs of others with disabilities.


July 20, 2001
Illinois Voices Priorities for New Federal Farm Bill
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released the final report of the Illinois Farm Bill Task Force, which outlines state priorities for new federal farm legislation.


July 19, 2001
New Manufacturing Facility Coming to Paris, Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL), which is headquartered in Flora, will construct a new manufacturing plant in Paris. The 150,000 square foot facility, when completed, will employ close to three hundred people. The company, which also maintains a manufacturing site in Salem, had considered building the plant in Indiana.


July 18, 2001
Ryan Signs Legislation to Protect Children and Elderly Adults
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation that extends the reach of court-ordered protection for children and allows incapacitated seniors to provide court testimony in cases of abuse.


July 18, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Legislation to Improve Health Care Services
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation aimed at improving the delivery of health care services in medically underserved areas of the state.


July 17, 2001
Governor Ryan Helps Communities Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that for the second year the Illinois Liquor Control Commission is awarding $1 million in grants to 165 Illinois communities to implement the "Kids Can't Buy 'Em Here" Tobacco Enforcement Program to reduce youth access to tobacco products.


July 17, 2001
Ryan Announces Rural Hospital Telemedicine Grants
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the awarding of $450,000 in grants to 10 small Illinois rural hospitals to improve access to health care for underserved populations through the use of a high-speed, high-capacity telemedicine network.


July 17, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces New Director of Washington Office
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced Winifred A. Pizzano has been appointed the new Director of the Washington, D.C. office for the State of Illinois. She currently serves as a senior assistant to the governor in the Washington Office representing Illinois to the executive and legislative branches, especially in health and human services.


July 17, 2001
$1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,031,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $300,000 to the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum to make improvements to art class rooms, the gallery space, the museum store and the roof. The organization also will upgrade the alarm system and purchase equipment and supplies.


July 17, 2001
$3.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3.191 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $1.5 million to the City Colleges of Chicago to make technological improvements on all campuses.


July 17, 2001
$1.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.37 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $375,000 to the Little Village Community Development Corporation to support community development programs within the Little Village community.


July 17, 2001
$502,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $502,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $75,000 to the City of Nashville to install a right hand turn lane and a center turn lane at the intersections of Mockingbird Road and Enterprise Avenue and to install a traffic signal at Enterprise Avenue.


July 13, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Nursing Mothers Bill
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 542, creating the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act. The legislation requires an employer to provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her infant child, unless it would unduly disrupt the employer's operation.


July 13, 2001
Ryan: $164,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $164,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $105,000 to the Village of Tilton to purchase a new ambulance.


July 12, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Zero Tolerance Drug Law for Corrections, State Police Officers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 1032 making zero tolerance of drug abuse by State Police and Corrections Officers the law in Illinois. Senate Bill 1032 makes the current policy and procedures of the Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Corrections law, and ensures zero tolerance of drug abuse remains the official policy of Illinois for public safety employees in the future.


July 10, 2001
Ryan Announces Illinois FIRST Grant to Lincoln Trail College
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $150,000 Illinois FIRST grant to Lincoln Trail College. The Illinois FIRST grant will be used for the Lincoln Trail College e-Commerce Incubator.


July 10, 2001
O'Hare Area Lawmakers Briefed On City's O'Hare Plan - Governor asks IDOT to continue analysis
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan hosted O'Hare area state lawmakers for an IDOT briefing on Mayor Daley's proposed runway expansion plan for O'Hare International Airport. The Governor instructed IDOT to continue working with the City to get more information on key areas including financing, construction phasing, noise impacts and delay reduction.


July 10, 2001
Governor Announces Park Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced grants to three local governments to develop parks in their local communities.


July 10, 2001
Governor Ryan Appoints New Director of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today appointed Renee Cipriano as the new director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Since 1999, Cipriano has served as the Governor's Senior Advisor for Environment and Natural Resources.


July 10, 2001
Ryan: $512,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $492,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $200,000 to the City of Savanna for improvements to the intersection at the junction of Routes 64 and 84.


July 10, 2001
Ryan: $210,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $210,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys, including $100,000 to the Lockport Township Park District to renovate the playgrounds at Arrowhead Park, Milne Grove School and Collegeview Park.


July 10, 2001
Ryan: $1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,201,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $650,000 to Antioch Township to construct a new building to house a senior center, township offices and the school district administrative center. The township is contributing $2,145,044.


July 10, 2001
Ryan: $590,150 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $620,150 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the South Suburbs, including $50,000 to the Village of Richton Park to make improvements to its community pool.


July 10, 2001
Ryan: $285,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $285,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford area, including $150,000 to the Village of Somonauk to install a new water main for a new addition at the Middle School. The village is contributing $173,550.


July 9, 2001
Governor Presents Law Enforcement Medal of Honor to Sixteen Officers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today presented sixteen law enforcement officers from around Illinois with the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor at a ceremony held at the Executive Mansion. The annual awards, created by state statute, honor law enforcement officers "who have distinguished themselves by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty."


July 9, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Adult Education Bill
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 914 creating the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Adult Education Fund for adult education programs and literacy initiatives.


July 5, 2001
Governor Announces Grant For Coal Research And Development
CARBONDALE -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Dr. Sanjeev Kumar of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) has been awarded $151,828 for a coal research and development project that is benefiting Marion Hospital. The project incorporates the use of coal bottom ash, a coal combustion by-product, in concrete support piles for the hospital's new Medical Office Building and Power House.


July 3, 2001
Open Land Trust to Buy Much-Needed Waterfowl Refuge, Recreational Land in Fulton County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state has acquired 1,960 acres of land in Fulton County through the Open Land Trust Program that will provide a much needed waterfowl refuge and public recreation land in Fulton County.


July 3, 2001
Ryan: $165,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $165,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $100,000 to the Mid-American Intermodal Authority Port District to study the needs and potential for a new public inland intermodal transport terminal encompassing rail, highway, river and air services in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.


July 3, 2001
Ryan: $134,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $134,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northwest Suburbs, including $55,000 to the Des Plaines Community Senior Center to purchase a 22-seat bus to transport seniors to and from the senior center, the downtown area, condominiums and nursing and retirement homes. The center is contributing $82,890.


July 3, 2001
Ryan: $165,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $165,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $100,000 to the Henry County Emergency Services Association to construct an emergency services center on East Wolf Road in Colona.


July 3, 2001
Ryan: $1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,292,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $500,000 to the Village of Oak Brook to purchase and install a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system in its new addition to the village hall.


July 3, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Women's Health Initiatives Into Law - Lt. Governor Wood Says New Laws Will Help Women Battling Cancer
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed into law two bills that will provide Illinois women with much needed help in their battles against breast and cervical cancers. House Bill 25 provides for Medicaid coverage to treat women with breast and cervical cancer and Senate Bill 866 requires coverage for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.


July 2, 2001
500 New Illinois Jobs Created by Abbott Laboratories Expansion in Lake County
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended Abbott Laboratories for expanding its presence in Lake County as the result of the company's acquisition of BASF's pharmaceutical business, which included the operations of Knoll Pharmaceutical.


July 2, 2001
Public/Private Partnership Helps North Shore Gas Customers Pay Delinquent Heating Bills
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $200,000 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant to assist low-income North Shore Gas customers in paying delinquent utility bills resulting from last winter's high wholesale natural gas costs.


July 2, 2001
Public/Private Partnership Helps Peoples Energy Customers Pay Delinquent Heating Bills
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today said the state will provide Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants totaling $4 million to assist low-income Peoples Energy customers in paying delinquent utility bills resulting from last winter's high wholesale natural gas costs.


July 2, 2001
State Supports Program to Help Low-Income Consumer Pay Overdue Heating Bills
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the state will provide a $460,000 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant to establish a new program providing low-income Nicor Gas customers with an opportunity to satisfy delinquent utility bills resulting from last winter's high energy charges.


July 2, 2001
Governor Announces Support for Program to Help Consumers Pay Overdue Heating Bills
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $252,000 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant to help fund a program designed to give participants the opportunity to repay delinquent utility bills resulting from last winter's high heating costs.


July 1, 2001
Governor and Mrs. Ryan Announce New Statewide Youth Drug Prevention Campaign
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the State of Illinois' Futures for Kids program is developing "Be Real", an innovative, MTV-style youth alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention initiative. Be Real uses a variety of cutting-edge education, marketing and media tactics to target an age group usually ignored by traditional drug prevention campaigns - 10 to 14 year olds.

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