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August
2001


August 31, 2001
Ryan Announces Amateur Trapshooting Association to Locate in Randolph County
SPARTA -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Amateur Trapshooting Association will relocate its national headquarters, museum and sport shooting complex to a 1,300-acre site in Randolph County north of Sparta.


August 31, 2001
Governor Awards more than $1.2 Million in Grants to Plug Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded more than $1.27 million in grants to plug more than 300 abandoned oil and gas wells in 21 Illinois Counties.


August 31, 2001
Ryan Breaks Ground for Southern Illinois University Construction Project, Announces Funds for Library Expansion
CARBONDALE -- Governor George H. Ryan today broke ground on a $11.6 million renovation and expansion project for Altgeld Hall on Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus and announced that the state would provide nearly $2 million to modernize and renovate Morris Library, the main library on the SIUC campus.


August 30, 2001
Governor Announces Release of Over $7 Million in Illinois FIRST School Construction Grants
MARION -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $7 million in Illinois FIRST School Construction grants for Marion Community Unit School District 2 and Carbondale's Unity Point Consolidated School District 140, marking the state's continued dedication to provide modern and improved learning facilities for Illinois school children.


August 30, 2001
Ryan Announces Reopening of Southern Illinois Coal Mine
HARRISBURG -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced the planned reopening of Liberty Mine in Saline County, which will rehire 120 coal miners.


August 30, 2001
Governor Announces Effort to Promote Insurance Counseling Program for Seniors
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has proclaimed September 10-14, 2001, SHIP Week in Illinois to increase public awareness about the state's free insurance counseling program for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.


August 30, 2001
Governor Urges Parents to Enroll Children in Kidcare as School Begins
166,000 presently enrolled in children's health insurance program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today urged parents to enroll their children in the KidCare health insurance program as part of their back-to-school activities.


August 30, 2001
Ryan Announces Information Technology Training Grant for Disabled Citizens
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) has been awarded $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to improve job opportunities for persons with disabilities. The grant will enable the department to create an "Access to Information Technology Education and Careers" program, administered by DHS' Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS).


August 29, 2001
Ryan: $700,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $700,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $500,000 to the Chicago Foundation for Women to fund computer hardware and software for not-for-profit community organizations serving women and girls in Chicago and the five collar counties.


August 29, 2001
Governor Announces Projects for Fort Massac
METROPOLIS -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $4.45 million project to reconstruct Ft. Massac, the frontier fort built by the French in 1757.


August 28, 2001
Illinois Students Show Great Improvement -- Again -- On SAT Test
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today congratulated the state's high school seniors on their SAT college placement scores because Illinois' composite score showed the greatest improvement among the states over the last year.


August 28, 2001
Ryan Cuts Ribbon for New K-3 School in Mt. Vernon
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today cut the ribbon for the new Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80 Primary Center. Classes will start tomorrow at the Primary Center, which will house 42 classrooms with a capacity for 800 students.


August 27, 2001
Governor Participates in Ethanol Research Pilot Plant Groundbreaking
EDWARDSVILLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Congressmen John Shimkus, and Southern Illinois University President Dr. James Walker in breaking ground for the state-of-the-art National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant (NCERPP) at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.


August 23, 2001
Ryan: $225,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $225,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northwest Suburbs, including $100,000 to the Chicago Horticultural Society to restore an eroding shoreline and to establish aquatic planting beds at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The society is contributing $210,000. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Sen. Kathleen K. Parker, R-Northbrook.


August 23, 2001
Ryan: $1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.213 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the South Suburbs, including $600,000 to Elim Christian Services, a nonprofit organization that provides services to persons with physical and/or developmental disabilities in the Chicago area, to construct a greenhouse on its property in Palos Heights.


August 23, 2001
Ryan: $640,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $640,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $450,000 to the Village of Lyons to eliminate a blighted area of the village.


August 23, 2001
Ryan: $545,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $545,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $300,000 to the Barreto Boys & Girls Club, a nonprofit corporation, to help construct a new facility.


August 23, 2001
Ryan: $3.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3.181 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $2.5 million to the DuPage County Board to expand and remodel the county jail administrative office.


August 23, 2001
Ryan Signs Legislation to Make Purchasing New Homes Easier
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 2439, authorizing the State Treasurer to accept a reduced interest rate on state money deposited to a financial institution in exchange for the institution's agreement to grant a home loan to Illinois citizens who would otherwise not be eligible, and their guarantee to not foreclose on a home in situations where a homeowner has been temporarily laid off or is disabled.


August 22, 2001
Ryan: $140,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $140,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford Area, including $125,000 to the Village of Somonauk to install a water main extension under the BNSF railway along Route 34 to provide required fire protection for the Somonauk School. The village is contributing $194,500. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Sen. Bradley Burzynski, R-Sycamore.


August 22, 2001
Ryan: $3.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3.255 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $3,000,000 to Menard County to construct a wastewater collection, pumping and treatment system for the Lake Petersburg area.


August 22, 2001
Ryan: $215,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $215,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $50,000 to the Lawrence County Fair Association to assist with handicapped accessible renovations at the fairgrounds.


August 22, 2001
Governor Announces Illinois Receives Federal Training Initiative to Improve Child Welfare Service Delivery
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois has received a Federal IV-E waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to launch a first-in-the-nation training initiative to improve the safety, well-being and permanency of children in foster care served by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).


August 22, 2001
Ryan Signs Bill Establishing Stricter Reporting Requirements for Parolees
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 2844 continuing his comprehensive overhaul of Illinois' parole system by establishing stricter conditions under which persons can be released from prison.


August 21, 2001
Ryan Signs Legislation to Protect Animals from Abusive Conditions, Inhumane Euthanasia
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 629 and House Bill 2391, marking significant reform in the way animals are treated under Illinois law.


August 21, 2001
Ryan: $12,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $12,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $5,000 to the Community Performance Ensemble to enhance its Community Youth Initiative.


August 21, 2001
Ryan: $940,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $940,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $400,000 to the City of Highland Park to make street, curb, gutter, sidewalk and storm sewer line repairs in the Chantilly subdivision. The city is contributing $50,000. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Karen May, D-Highland Park.


August 21, 2001
Ryan: $75,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $75,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $20,000 to the Rodgers Park Community Council to support its Early Childhood Network of Edgewater & Rodgers Park.


August 21, 2001
Ryan: $1.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.336 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $1.2 million to construct a swimming pool at Wolf Lake within the William W. Powers State Park.


August 20, 2001
Governor Announces Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Program Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $156,700 to develop a new off-highway vehicle recreation area in western Illinois, to enhance an existing trail riding area in central Illinois, and to fund a trail education and safety program in southern Illinois.


August 20, 2001
Ryan Awards $3.2 Million in Grants for Local Bicycle Path Projects
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded $3.2 million in grants for 22 community bicycle path projects, expanding safe recreation and alternative transportation opportunities by providing an additional 56 miles of trails throughout Illinois.


August 17, 2001
Governor Ryan Authorizes Tax Deductions Contributions to the Bright Start Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 902 into law, giving tax breaks to individuals who make contributions to their Bright Start College Savings Program accounts.


August 17, 2001
Governor and First Lady Present "Youth Making a Difference" Awards
Presentation Made During Futures for Kids Day at State Fair
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today presented the second annual Futures for Kids "Youth Making a Difference" Awards at the Illinois Building on the State Fairgrounds. These awards honor the outstanding volunteer efforts of Illinois youth who are making a positive impact on their communities.


August 17, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Four Bills Tightening Illinois DUI Laws
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed two Senate and two House bills into law that toughen penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). The House bills are effective upon signing while the Senate bills take effect on January 1, 2002.


August 16, 2001
Governor Announces 2001 Governor's Export Award Winners
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today congratulated 12 Illinois companies, institutions and organizations that were chosen to receive the 2001 Governor's Export Awards for outstanding accomplishments in the export of Illinois goods and services around the globe.


August 16, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs "Halal Food Act"
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Ryan today signed Senate Bill 750 creating the "Halal Food Act," providing for inspections by the Department of Agriculture to ensure that all food labeled Halal is prepared according to Islamic law.


August 16, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Legislation to Allow Tax Exemptions for Two Fraternal Organizations Headquartered in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 15, qualifying the Moose Lodge and the Knights of Columbus to receive a property tax exemption beginning taxable year 2002.


August 16, 2001
Ryan Signs Bill to Extend Unique Flexible Approach to Environmental Measures
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 861 that will allow the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to continue a voluntary regulatory innovation program that stresses flexibility in pursuing improved environmental protection.


August 16, 2001
Governor Ryan Signs Legislation Allowing Park Districts to Give Land to the State
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan signed Senate Bill 915 today that will allow park districts to give land to the state for public use.


August 16, 2001
Governor Signs Bill Allowing School Children to Self-Administer Asthma Medications
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed SB979 amending the School Code to require a school--public or nonpublic--to permit the self-administration by a student of prescribed asthma medication. The bill requires that the parents or guardians of the student provide the school with written authorization for the self-administration and a written statement from the student's physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.


August 15, 2001
Ryan Lauds Illinois High School Seniors for Good ACT Scores
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today congratulated and commended the Illinois high school class of 2001 for its performance on the national ACT tests, results that show Illinois' commitment to improving education is paying off in the classroom.


August 15, 2001
Ryan Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Chicago Flood
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George Ryan today asked President Bush to consider a Presidential Disaster Declaration because of the damage caused by the flash flooding August 2 in the City of Chicago and other parts of Cook County.


August 14, 2001
Ryan: $280,000 in Illinois FIRST Funding for Adkins Ethanol Project
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $280,000 in Illinois FIRST funding to the Illinois Corn Growers Association to support the startup of a new farmer-owned ethanol production facility in Lena.


August 14, 2001
Ryan Enacts Agrifirst
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed into law a first-ever program to provide grants and technical assistance to value-added agriculture projects.


August 14, 2001
Ryan: $130,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee/ Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $130,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois river valleys, including $100,000 to the Jackson Township Highway Department to purchase three new dump trucks. The township is contributing $55,000. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Sen. Lawrence "Larry" Walsh, D-Elwood.


August 14, 2001
Ryan: $248,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $248,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Far Northwest Suburbs, including $212,000 to the City of Elgin to purchase video cameras for 61 police cars.


August 14, 2001
Ryan: $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 $20,000 to the Hesed House to assist in reconstructing the shower and bathroom facilities at its South River Street location in Aurora.


August 14, 2001
Ryan: $105,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $105,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $75,000 to the Carroll County Fair to make improvements to the grandstand.


August 14, 2001
Governor Signs Agreement Expanding Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Agreement
Provides more Federal Funding for Illinois River Watershed Restoration and Protection
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture expanding the state's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to the entire Illinois River watershed, providing for an additional 32,000 acres of land to be enrolled in the successful river basin protection and restoration initiative.


August 14, 2001
Governor Ryan to Host Airport Hearings
DES PLAINES, IL -- Governor George H. Ryan will hold four hearings on airport issues facing northeastern Illinois beginning on Thursday, August 16, 2001.


August 10, 2001
Ryan Announces Tech Town's Grand Opening
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today opened Tech Town 2001 at the Illinois State Fair highlighting how technology enhances Illinois government.


August 10, 2001
Illinois First Lady Brings Past, Present Together at State Fair
SPRINGFIELD -- Visitors to Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan's tent at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, August 10-19, will be able to personally experience the past, present and future of the state in one location.


August 10, 2001
Ryan Announces the Reading Passport Campaign for Young Readers at the 2001 State Fair
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled the "Reading: A Passport to Your Future" initiative at the 2001 Illinois State Fair. Intended for children ages 10 and under, the program shows children and families that reading can be fun and done anytime-even at the state fair.


August 10, 2001
Ryan to Honor High School Valedictorians at Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan will recognize more than 250 high school valedictorians and their families from high schools across the state. The special ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow in the Director's Lawn tent at the Illinois State Fair.


August 10, 2001
Governor Announces $732.7 Million in School Construction Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $732 million in state school construction grants to 110 school districts throughout Illinois, marking the state's continued investment in providing modern and improved learning facilities for Illinois school children.


August 9, 2001
Ryan Announces State Purchase of Northwest Cook County Balefill
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has agreed to sell 283 acres of land known as the "Bartlett Balefill" to the state of Illinois as part of a future expansion plan for the Tri-County State Park.


August 9, 2001
Governor Acknowledges National Science Foundation Award
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today lauded the National Science Foundation's (NSF) choice of recipients for the new Distributed Terascale Facility (DTF). The NSF has awarded the DTF to the collaborative proposal lead by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Argonne National Laboratory. Other partners in the DTF include the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California and the California Institute of Technology.


August 9, 2001
Ryan Signs Scott's Law; Toughens Penalties for Reckless Driving near Emergency Vehicles
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today with Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood signed House Bill 180, also known as "Scott's Law." Named for slain Chicago Firefighter Lt. Scott Gillen, the bill raises the penalties for drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles or who cause accidents or injury to personnel at emergency scenes. Offenders could be fined up to $10,000 and their license suspended for up to two years if the violation results in the death of another person.


August 7, 2001
Governor Signs Legislation to Address Power Plant Air Pollution
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed bi-partisan legislation that will establish a new rule-making process aimed at reducing air pollution from Illinois' power plants. The legislation, which focuses on sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and green house gasses, is the first multi-pollutant power plant emissions strategy undertaken by a Midwestern state.


August 7, 2001
Governor Breaks Ground for New State Police Headquarters
PONTIAC, IL -- Governor George H. Ryan was joined today by State Representative Dan Rutherford, Senator John Maitland and other state and local leaders for the official groundbreaking of a new Illinois State Police District 6 headquarters at Pontiac. In addition to the new headquarters, Governor Ryan also affirmed transfer of four acres of state land to Livingston County for construction of a new county jail.


August 6, 2001
Ryan: $2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.05 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $2 million to DuPage County to expand the Judicial Office Building on North County Farm Road in Wheaton.


August 6, 2001
Ryan: $35,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $35,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $10,000 to the Johnson County Ambulance Service to purchase a defibrillator. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by House Republican Leader Lee A. Daniels, Elmhurst.


August 6, 2001
Ryan: $239,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee/ Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $239,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois river valleys, including $75,000 to the Rockdale Fire Protection District to purchase the Rockdale Municipal Building, its current home. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Jack D. McGuire, D-Joliet.


August 6, 2001
Ryan: $524,499 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $524,499 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northwest Suburbs, including $250,000 to the City of Evanston to redevelop the fire station and police headquarters into a new public safety building.


August 6, 2001
Ryan: $292,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $292,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $58,500 to the Park District of Forest Park to repair the roof of its Administration building, remodel its registration office, rehab a traveling stage and to purchase a van and sport and recreation equipment. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. James B. Durkin, R-Westchester.


August 6, 2001
Ryan: $2.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,191,075 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $1.5 million to the City of Galena to construct a new wastewater treatment and conveyance system.


August 6, 2001
Ryan Signs Kelley's Law; Toughens Penalties for Ecstasy and other Drugs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed into law HB 126, also known as Kelley's Law. Kelley's Law strengthens penalties for selling ecstasy and other so called "club-drugs" and expands the offenses of drug-induced homicide and drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm to include the unlawful delivery of any controlled substances.


August 6, 2001
Ryan Signs Legislation to Add Highway Maintenance Workers to the State's Alternative Pension Formula
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 267, adding highway maintainers to the list of employees who qualify for the state's alternative retirement formula.


August 6, 2001
Governor Declares City of Chicago and Cook County Disaster Areas
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today declared the City of Chicago and Cook County disaster areas after a flash flood hit the metropolitan area last Thursday. A severe storm system accompanied by heavy rainfall moved through the city and county on August 2, causing flash flooding, which resulted in water in basements, damage to homes and a disruption of commerce.


August 3, 2001
Ryan: $987,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $987,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $500,000 to Granite City to purchase a weather warning system, a truck and end loader for its sanitation and street departments, safety equipment, cars and technology equipment for the Police, replace the driveway to Fire Station One and to make drainage improvements to Dobrey Slough. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Thomas Holbrook, D-Belleville.


August 3, 2001
Ryan: $3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3.064 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the South Suburbs, including $750,000 to the City of Blue Island to remove and replace existing sidewalks and to construct new sidewalks where none exist within the 3rd ward of the city. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by Senate Democrat Leader Emil Jones, Jr., D-Chicago.


August 3, 2001
Ryan: $1.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.5 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Far Northwest Suburbs, including $750,000 to the City of McHenry to make improvements to Illinois Route 31 and McCullom Lake Road.


August 3, 2001
Ryan: $1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,234,468 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $1 million to Bradley University to upgrade technology at both the Cullom-Davis Library and the Olin Hall of Science.


August 3, 2001
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Accepts Donation of Desk, Chair
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today accepted the donation of an original desk from the Old State Capitol that was possibly used by Abraham Lincoln when he served there as a state legislator, as well as an original chair from a Springfield drug store Lincoln frequented. Both were donated by William Hughes Diller Jr. Plans call for the desk to be displayed at the Old State Capitol.


August 3, 2001
Governor Signs Bill Creating High Technology School-to-Work Program
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed into law Senate Bill 845, the High Technology School-to-Work Act. The goal of the new initiative is to increase the number of students who choose to enter occupations requiring advanced skills in the areas of science, mathematics and advanced technology.


August 3, 2001
Ryan Grants Licensure to 77 Students of the Master's of Social Work Program at Governor's State University
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 1152, allowing the 77 students who graduated from the Master's of Social Work program at Governor's State University (GSU) to receive a license for employment in Illinois from the Department of Professional Regulation, as long as specific conditions are met.


August 2, 2001
Ryan Unveils New Online Gallery so Visitors Can Watch the Illinois State Fair Come to Life
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan unveiled a new online gallery today on the State of Illinois homepage. The new gallery provides over 260 pictures highlighting Illinois historic sites, natural wonders, Abraham Lincoln, wildlife, technology, people and culture.


August 2, 2001
Tech Town Offers Interactive Experience
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan once again invites fairgoers to visit Tech Town at the Illinois State Fair. Tech Town provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see and interact with the latest technology throughout Illinois. Two dozen exhibits inside the "townscape" layout will offer a taste of the technology used by state government to deliver services, educate children and advance research.


August 2, 2001
Governor Signs McCormick Place Expansion Bill
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today authorized financing for an $800 million expansion of McCormick Place by signing House Bill 263.


August 2, 2001
Ryan Announces Further Evidence Calling for Annual Testing for Students
CHICAGO -- Governor George Ryan said today that 2000 mathematics data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress demonstrate the need for a national standard for annual testing to determine student progress.


August 2, 2001
Financing Completed for Decatur Memorial Hospital
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Health Facilities Authority issued $32.8 million in fixed-rate bonds for the benefit of Decatur Memorial Hospital. The bonds were rated "A+" by Fitch IBCA, Inc. and "A" by Standard & Poor's Rating Services, based on the credit of the Hospital.


August 2, 2001
Ryan Signs Tree Trimming Bill
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 1776, encouraging cooperation between utility companies and homeowners when it comes to vegetation management issues.


August 2, 2001
Drummer Silty Clay Loam Designated Illinois State Soil
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation naming Drummer Silty Clay Loam the official state soil of Illinois.


August 1, 2001
Ryan Signs Legislation to Deal with Cyberstalking
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan signed Senate Bill 233 today, which creates the criminal offense of cyberstalking. Cyberstalking is defined as using electronic communication to transmit a threat of bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement or restraint to a person or place a person or their family member in reasonable apprehension of harm, sexual assault, confinement or restraint on at least two occasions.


August 1, 2001
Ryan Voices Opposition to House Resolution 2107 in Address to House Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Governor George H. Ryan today urged the House Aviation Subcommittee to reject House Resolution 2107 that would strip Illinois and 25 other states of their current statutory authority over the development of public airports.


August 1, 2001
Governor Signs Corporate Headquarters Relocation Act
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed the Corporate Headquarters Relocation Act, which offers targeted incentives to large companies that relocate their corporate headquarters to Illinois. The legislation was instrumental in helping attract the Boeing Company to Illinois earlier this year.

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