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2002


January 31, 2002
Springfield Sam’s Club Awards Grant to Abraham Lincoln Institute for Literacy in America
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today accepted a $1,000 grant from the Sam’s Club store in Springfield to be used toward the Abraham Lincoln Institute for Literacy in America.


January 29, 2002
Governor Promotes Innovative Illinois Pharmacy Waiver Program as the New National Model
Builds on Circuit Breaker program to extend relief to more low-income seniors
SPRINGFIELD –- Governor George H. Ryan today detailed an innovative prescription assistance program, Illinois SeniorCare, approved yesterday by President Bush and the United States Department of Health and Human Services as a new national model for providing assistance for all prescription medication to low-income senior citizens.


January 28, 2002
Governor Ryan to Keep Illinois Rehabilitation Center Open
ICRE in Chicago to remain open, transferred students can return
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan announced today that the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education in Chicago will remain open for its 45 students.


January 28, 2002
Governor Ryan Commends President Bush for Approving Innovative Illinois Program to Expand Prescription Drugs for Senior Citizens
Governor to hold Tuesday News Conference to Unveil New Initiative
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today commended President Bush and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson for approving Illinois' innovative program to expand prescription drug assistance for all prescription drugs to low-income senior citizens.


January 24, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Open Land Trust Acquisition in Dekalb County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state is acquiring 570 acres of land along the South Fork of the Kishwaukee River in DeKalb County, through his Open Land Trust initiative.


January 24, 2002
Governor Ryan Returns to Cuba on Humanitarian Mission
Leads Pharmaceutical Firms For Potential Humanitarian Medical Trade
HAVANA, CUBA -- Gov. George H. Ryan today arrived in Havana, Cuba to meet with Illinois pharmaceutical firms willing to sell medicines and medical supplies that are badly needed in the wake of last November's hurricane.


January 17, 2002
Governor Invites Entrepreneurs to Attend 2002 Small Business Conference and Awards Banquet
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today invited representatives of Illinois small businesses and entrepreneurs to attend the Governor's 2002 Small Business Conference and Awards Banquet, scheduled for February 5-6, 2002 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.


January 11, 2002
DHS to Develop Final Recommendations for Lincoln Developmental Center
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today ordered the Department of Human Services to develop two detailed plans for the Lincoln Developmental Center – either close the facility or downsize LDC and better enable it to pass a federal inspection of health and safety standards and maintain federal certification.


January 11, 2002
Governor Reinstates Prison Vocational Programs
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today announced the reinstatement of vocational programs offered by community colleges at Department of Corrections facilities. The decision was made after continued discussions between the Bureau of the Budget, Department of Corrections, Illinois Community College Board and Department of Employment Security staff regarding alternative funding.


January 11, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs House Bill 61
Pet Overpopulation Control Fund for the Humane Sterilization of Dogs and Cats
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 61, creating the Pet Overpopulation Control Fund to provide grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt humane societies for the humane sterilization of dogs and cats in the state.


January 8, 2002
Governor Ryan Restores $24 Million in Medicaid Funding for Safety Net Hospitals
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today restored more than $24 million dollars in Medicaid funding for the state’s safety net hospitals that serve high volumes of Medicaid patients or the critical rural hospitals providing Medicaid services in their community.


January 8, 2002
Governor Ryan to Return to Cuba
Leads Pharmaceutical Firms for Potential Humanitarian Medical Trade
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan has announced he will be leading another trip to Cuba with Illinois pharmaceutical firms willing to sell medicines that are badly needed in the wake of last November's hurricane.


January 7, 2002
Governor Ryan Addresses Illinois National Guard Troops Activated for “Operation Enduring Freedom”
Largest activation of Illinois National Guard since Korean War
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today held a sendoff ceremony for nearly 700 Illinois National Guardsmen called to duty overseas by President Bush. The members of the 66th Infantry Brigade are being called to active duty as part of “Operation Enduring Freedom” and will provide force protection and security at installations throughout Europe.


January 4, 2002
Finalists Announced for “Be Real” Photo Contest
CHICAGO -- Illinois' First Lady, Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the finalists for the “Be Real” Youth Photo Contest. Individuals wishing to vote for the winner of this contest are invited to cast their ballot on the “Be Real” web page from January 7-31, 2002.


January 4, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces New Grant Program for Unsewered Communities
DOWNS, IL -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $70 million grant program to help smaller communities replace polluting septic systems with sewage treatment facilities.


January 2, 2002
Illinois Moves From 49th to 1st in “Digital State” Rankings
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Illinois’ use of digital technology to make government more accessible and to improve service has been ranked the best in the nation, according to a major national survey conducted by the Progress & Freedom Foundation and the Center for Digital Government.

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