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September
2001


September 27, 2001
Ryan Announces Reading School-Home Links in 170 Illinois Elementary Schools
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers from 170 schools across the state have just received a new tool to help their students excel in reading. Created in cooperation with Gov. Ryan's Advisory Council on Literacy and Illinois Reads, School-Home Links are activities that teachers ask families to use with their children at home to reinforce reading concepts taught in the classroom.


September 25, 2001
Ryan: $107,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Rockford Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $107,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Rockford Area, including $50,000 to Boone County to support the development of its New-Uses Agricultural Technology Center (Ag-Tech Park) project.


September 25, 2001
Ryan: $1.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.359 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $1,000,000 to the Rock Island Mental Health Center to relocate and purchase a building.


September 25, 2001
Ryan: $150,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $150,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $100,000 to the Department of Agriculture to complete construction of a shelter over the warm-up ring south of the Coliseum on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


September 25, 2001
Ryan: $610,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $610,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in North Central Illinois, including $450,000 to the City of Pontiac to make road improvements throughout the city. These improvements will improve traffic flow to the new State Police District Headquarters and the new county jail site. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa.


September 25, 2001
Ryan: $1.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.314 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Far Northwest Suburbs, including $200,000 to the City of Crystal Lake to make intersection improvements at Illinois Route 176 and Walkup Avenue.


September 25, 2001
Ryan: $250,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $250,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $250,000 to the Village of Roselle to construct a pedestrian and bicycle bridge.


September 25, 2001
2001 Governor's Illinois Coal Conference Examines State and Federal Energy Initiatives
SPRINGFIELD -- Coal and electric power industry representatives are meeting in Springfield this week for the 2001 Governor's Illinois Coal Conference. Industry leaders and government officials are looking to sustain the momentum gained in recent months by bringing into focus the benefits of Illinois coal as a reliable fuel source for the future.


September 24, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces $7 Million in Grants for Local Conservation 2000 Projects
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $7 million in grants to 34 local private-public partnerships for natural resource protection projects under the Illinois Conservation 2000 program.


September 21, 2001
Governor and First Lady Conduct Ceremonial Beam Signing for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today was joined by First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan and local dignitaries in signing a structural steel support beam for the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library building now under construction.


September 20, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Illinois' Return to Bond Market
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today the state had moved forward in the sale of $110 million in Build Illinois refunding bonds, a transaction that had been put on hold in light of last week's tragic national events. The state's sale represented the first state general obligation or revenue bond issue marketed since September 11.


September 20, 2001
Governor Ryan and Lieutenant Governor Wood Thank Workers at Illinois Emergency Operations Center
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood today visited the Illinois Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to let the public know IEMA is coordinating with all of the federal, state and local public safety agencies as well as with 41 states across the country; and to thank the team of people who led the local response to last week's terrorist acts in New York and Washington, D.C.


September 20, 2001
Governor Ryan: $21,580,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $21,580,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Suburban Cook County, including $21,000,000 to Cook County Forest Preserve District for restoration, maintenance and facility upgrades throughout the district. Approximately 40 million people visit the various forest preserves every year.


September 20, 2001
Governor Ryan: $1,809,780 in Illinois FIRST Projects for South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,809,780 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the South Suburbs, including $390,500 to the Village of Dolton to convert a vacant lot into a small municipal park. Completion of this project, which includes the construction of a fountain, will enhance the beauty of the village hall and its surroundings. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Sen. Bill Shaw, D-Dolton.


September 20, 2001
Governor Ryan: $1.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,538,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Northwest Suburbs, including $280,000 to the Village of Palatine for the construction of a new fire station. The village will contribute $322,875.


September 20, 2001
Governor Ryan: $819,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $819,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $276,000 to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital to perform an engineering and structural assessment for needed repairs to a parking garage structure and to re-engineer and restripe five parking lots.


September 20, 2001
Governor Ryan: $1.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the West Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,471,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the West Suburbs, including $250,000 to the City of Aurora to purchase and install a storm sewer on Garfield Avenue.


September 19, 2001
Governor Ryan Calls on Congress to Assist the Airline Industry
Convenes business and tourism leaders to rally federal support
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today called on the United States Congress to take swift action to stabilize the reeling airline industry and prevent further job cuts for the airlines, aircraft manufacturers and tourism industries.


September 19, 2001
Governor First Lady Promotes Unique New Handbook For Parents
Helps parents take part in, understand children's education
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today unveiled a first-of-its-kind handbook that gives Illinois parents helpful tips and ideas to better understand and participate in their children's education.


September 18, 2001
Governor Announces Illinois FIRST Grant to GoodField Will Provide For Company Expansion and 50 New Jobs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the approval of $222,100 in Illinois FIRST grants to the Village of Goodfield for roadway construction in Goodfield Business Park that will support a new business and 50 new jobs.


September 18, 2001
Governor Announces Illinois FIRST Grant to Marion That Will Help Create 90 New Jobs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the approval of $506,700 in Illinois FIRST grants to the city of Marion for roadway improvements in Butler industrial park to support the expansion of two firms that will result in 90 new jobs.


September 18, 2001
Governor Ryan Announces Illinois FIRST Grant to Mt. Carmel
Will bring 30 new jobs to area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the approval of $128,000 in Illinois FIRST grants to the city of Mt. Carmel for road improvements in Mt. Carmel Industrial Park that will support a new business and 30 new jobs.


September 18, 2001
First Lady Unveils Underage Alcohol Prevention Poster with Chicago Bears Safety Tony Parrish
CHICAGO -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn today unveiled a new poster designed to discourage underage drinking and alcohol sales to minors. Mrs. Ryan was joined by Chicago Bears safety Tony Parrish, Bears co-owners Ed and Virginia McCaskey and their son Pat at the unveiling in the James R. Thompson Center. Parrish abstains from drinking alcohol and is working with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's Under 21 Program in the "Bear Down On Underage Sales" campaign. The poster will be sent to all of Illinois' liquor licensees. The laws and penalties of drinking underage and serving a minor are listed on the bottom of the poster.


September 18, 2001
Ryan: $1.7 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.7 million in Illinois FIRSTfunding for projects in Chicago, including $1.5 million to the Lookingglass Theatre to renovate the Chicago Avenue Pumping Station facility in the Water Tower Water Works building, which will become its permanent location.


September 18, 2001
Ryan: $1.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.49 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $500,000 to the Women Employed Institute to develop an information technology campaign.


September 18, 2001
Ryan: $233,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $233,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $120,000 to Horizons Community Services to support its staff and a multi agency policy advocacy and education project.


September 18, 2001
Ryan: $532,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $532,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $200,000 to the City of Mt. Carmel to help fund two water main projects that will promote local commercial and residential development and improve traffic safety. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. John Jones, R-Mt. Vernon.


September 18, 2001
Ryan: $200,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $200,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $100,000 to the Greater East St. Louis Chamber of Commerce for a research grant to formulate an economic recovery model for the revitalization of the East St. Louis area. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Wyvetter H. Younge, D-East St. Louis.


September 17, 2001
State Allows Extensions for Taxpayers Affected by Attacks
State gas prices level off following weekend inspections
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan says the Illinois Department of Revenue will provide income tax filing extensions to taxpayers affected by the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. Meanwhile, the Governor is also reporting that state inspections of gas stations have resulted in a rollback in gas prices in downstate Illinois.


September 14, 2001
Ryan Orders Gas Station Inspections After Reports of High Prices
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today ordered the first wave of state inspections at service stations throughout Illinois to investigate reports of high gasoline pump prices.


September 13, 2001
Governor Ryan Declares Day of Prayer and Remembrance in Illinois
Joins President Bush in Supporting Victims and Families of Tuesday's Attack
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today declared Friday, September 14, 2001 a "Day of Prayer and Remembrance" in Illinois in support of the American people and in remembrance of the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.


September 13, 2001
Ryan: $9.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $9.115 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $5.4 million to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 to help renovate York High School.


September 13, 2001
Ryan: $354,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the West Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $354,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the West Suburbs, including $230,900 to the City of Naperville for the first phase of engineering associated with roadway improvements to Illinois Route 59 between Ferry Road and Meridian Parkway/Glacier Park Avenue.


September 13, 2001
Ryan: $133,200 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwest Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $133,200 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwest Illinois, including $50,000 to the Winslow School District 202 to replace all the windows in the elementary school.


September 13, 2001
Ryan: $3.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central and North Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3.29 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central and North Central Illinois, including $60,000 to Lincoln Elementary District 27 to purchase and install lighting and bleachers for the softball and baseball fields at Ralph Gale Field. This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Sen. Claude "Bud" Stone, R-Morton.


September 13, 2001
Ryan: $90,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County and the Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $90,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County and the Northwest Suburbs, including $75,000 to the Northeastern Illinois Jr. Golf Alliance, Inc., to construct a golf learning facility for low-income students in North Chicago.


September 12, 2001
Ryan: $290,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $290,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois, including $100,000 to Belleville Township to construct a baseball field.


September 12, 2001
Ryan: $945,600 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern and East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $945,600 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $93,000 to the Casey Township Volunteer Fire Department to purchase equipment and supplies and to provide training to its firefighters.


September 12, 2001
Ryan: $152,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kankakee/Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $152,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois river valleys, including $100,000 to the City of LaSalle for the recently created LaSalle Historic Preservation Commission that will oversee the revitalization of the city's downtown as the LaSalle Historic District.


September 12, 2001
Ryan: $215,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Far Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $215,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Far Northwest Suburbs, including $60,000 to the Village of West Dundee to reconstruct and repair the driveway and parking area at the Public Safety Center.


September 12, 2001
A Statement from Governor George H. Ryan
"President Bush has ordered that all American Flags be lowered to half staff until sundown on Sunday, September 16, 2001, as a mark of our deepest respect for all of those killed by the heinous acts of violence committed on September 11.


September 11, 2001
Illinois State Emergency Agencies Prepared
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan issued the following statement in response to the apparent terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and on domestic airliners: "Today's apparent terrorist attacks are cowardly attempts to break the will of the American people. They failed. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I join with the people of Illinois in praying for them. Their pain and suffering is beyond imagination. But the spirit of the American people and of democracy is strong. It cannot break."


September 10, 2001
Guinness UDV to Expand in Plainfield
New Process and Packaging Line Brings 80 New Jobs
PLAINFIELD, IL -- Governor George H. Ryan today took part in a celebration of the expansion of Guinness UDV's Plainfield facility. The 90,000 square foot addition will allow the company to increase production capacity at the plant through the addition of a Ready to Drink (RTD) process and packaging line. The expansion will result in the creation of 80 new jobs.


September 6, 2001
Literacy Institute to be Part of Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is enlisting the opinions of literacy experts and education leaders to help him form the Abraham Lincoln Institute for Literacy in America, one of the planned policy arms of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which is now under construction.


September 6, 2001
Governor Renames Park to Honor Hazel and Bill Rutherford
PEORIA -- Gov. George H. Ryan today renamed Wildlife Prairie State Park after Hazel and Bill Rutherford, who created the park and donated it to the state last year.


September 5, 2001
Governor Ryan, Mayor Daley Welcome Boeing Home
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan and Mayor Richard M. Daley today welcomed Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company Phil Condit and relocated and new Boeing employees to their new global headquarters at 100 N. Riverside, Chicago.


September 5, 2001
Governor Releases Grant to Help Construct New Field Museum Research Center
SPRINGFIELD --­­ Governor George H. Ryan today released $20 million in Illinois FIRST funds to The Field Museum in Chicago to help construct a new Collections Resource Center. The facility will house the Museum's world­renowned anthropology and zoology collections and provide essential laboratory space for researchers. The construction of a new east entrance is also being planned as part of the expansion to better accommodate people with special needs and visiting school groups.


September 5, 2001
Ryan: $259,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $259,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $150,000 to the Raven Theatre Company for the interior construction of its newly acquired playhouse at Granville Avenue and Clark Street in the Edgewater community.


September 5, 2001
Ryan: $711,600 In Illinois FIRST Projects For Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $711,600 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $525,000 to the Loyola University of Chicago School of Nursing to establish and maintain a school-based Health Center at Proviso East High School in Maywood.


September 5, 2001
Ryan: $886,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $886,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the South Suburbs, including $600,000 to the Village of Lynwood to purchase land for the construction of the Southland Sports & Exposition Center.


September 5, 2001
Ryan: $6.7 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $6.798 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $5 million to Chicago State University to construct a Convocation Center at the university.


September 5, 2001
Ryan: $265,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $265,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $75,000 to the People's Community Development Association of Chicago to further develop its Custodial Care Training and Job Placement program.


September 5, 2001
Governor Announces Department of Professional Regulations Wins National E-Government Technology Award
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today congratulated the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDPR) on winning a national technology award from the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) for the agency's innovative e-batch License Renewal program. Illinois competed against approximately 30 other nominations from several states for the award, which was announced at NASCA's annual conference.

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