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November 27, 2002
Governor Announces World AIDS Day Observance
SPRINGFIELD–Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Capitol dome lights and lights at state government buildings in Springfield and Chicago will be dimmed on the evening of December 1, as part of the nation’s 15th annual observance of World AIDS Day.


November 27, 2002
Illinois Leads The Nation in Adoptions Again
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today congratulated employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Director Jess McDonald on receiving the Adoption Excellence Award for their outstanding achievements in helping foster children find adoptive homes from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also recognized by HHS and Governor Ryan were NBC News Anchor Allison Rosati, Peoria foster parents Tom and Elizabeth Richmond, and adoptive parent/founder of Hope Meadows, Brenda Krause Eheart.


November 26, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces $3.8 Million in Grants for Local Conservation 2000 Projects
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $3.8 million in Conservation 2000 grants to 30 local private-public partnerships for natural resource protection projects through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Ecosystems Program.


November 22, 2002
Governor Ryan Releases $10 Million in Illinois First Funds for Abandoned Landfills
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released an additional $10 million in Illinois FIRST funds for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to continue a clean up of 33 abandoned landfills throughout the state.


November 21, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces an Additional $2 Million for Homeless Prevention
CHICAGO –Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Department of Human Services (DHS) is distributing an additional $2 million to help prevent Illinoisans from becoming homeless.


November 21, 2002
Governor Announces Infant Mortality Rate Drops To Record Low
SPRINGFIELD--Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois’ infant mortality rate dropped to an all-time low in 2001, continuing a downward trend that has seen the rate decline by 30 percent since 1990.


November 21, 2002
Gov. Ryan Nominates Five Watersheds for New Federal Funding Initiative
SPRINGFIELD --Illinois has nominated five watersheds for consideration in a federal initiative that could provide grants of up to $1.3 million each to 20 watersheds around the nation for water quality restoration and protection.


November 18, 2002
Ryan Appoints Four to Lincoln Presidential Library Panel
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today used the backdrop of the ceremonial opening of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to name the first four members of an 11-person advisory board charged with planning the future of the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum complex.


November 15, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Board Appointments
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Cynthia A. Panayotovich to the Chicago Transit Authority Board. The governor also announced several other board appointments.


November 14, 2002
Governor Announces Economics and Finance Summit
SPRINGFIELD—Governor George H. Ryan today announced that six Illinois high schools will be represented at the first Economics and Finance Summit on November 18-19, 2002, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The Economics and Finance summit is the kickoff event of the Illinois Global Economics and Finance High School Program (IGEF). The IGEF is a program of the Illinois Council on Economic Education (ICEE), a division of University Outreach at Northern Illinois University.


November 13, 2002
Governor Announces Grants for Illinois Tomorrow Projects
SPRINGFIELD--Governor George H. Ryan today announced the award of $3.8 million in grants for 29 communities across the state to help them develop plans for future growth that will protect and improve the quality of life.


November 13, 2002
Gov. Ryan Talks to Tollway Chairman, Rejects Toll Increase Plan
CHICAGO-- Governor George H. Ryan remains firmly opposed to any toll increase in the remainder of his term, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Chairman Art Philip was told today.


November 12, 2002
Governor Releases $103 Million for Road Construction
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released $103.9 million in state construction bond funds for 20 road and highway repair or building projects throughout Illinois, including funds for a new bridge over the Rock River in Milan, the renovation of Interstate 74 in East Peoria, repairs to Interstate 80 in Grundy and Kendall counties and renovations to Illinois Route 159 in Madison County.


November 12, 2002
Governor Releases $72 Million for Mass Transit in Chicago Area
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released more than $72 million in state funds to help the Regional Transportation Authority and the Chicago Transit Authority rehabilitate mass transit rail and bus systems in Northeastern Illinois.


November 8, 2002
Governor Releases Illinois First Funds to Expand Peoria Hospital
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released $2.5 million in Illinois FIRST funds to renovate sections of the Peoria-based Methodist Medical Center of Illinois on order to expand the center’s mental health bed capacity by as many as 46 beds.


November 8, 2002
Governor Releases $11 Million in Illinois First Grants for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released $11 million in Illinois FIRST funds to enhance economic development, tourism and education in Chicago, including $5 million to help plan for a new 30-story high-tech office building for ABN AMRO North America, Inc., the Dutch parent company of LaSalle Bank.


November 8, 2002
Ryan Releases Illinois First Funds To Build New DuQuoin Arena
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released $5 million in Illinois FIRST funds to begin construction of a new multi-purpose arena on the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, a facility that will be designed to host a wide variety of events in Southern Illinois.


November 7, 2002
Ryan Releases Illinois First Funds for a New Armory in Aurora
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released $2 million in Illinois FIRST funds to continue work on a new addition at East Aurora High School that will be used jointly by the school, its Junior ROTC program and the Illinois National Guard.


November 7, 2002
Ryan Releases Illinois First Funds to Upgrade Brookfield Zoo
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released $1.5 million in Illinois FIRST funds to help pay for general renovations, improvements to visitor spaces and the upgrade of mechanical systems at the world-famous Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield.


November 7, 2002
Ryan Grants Illinois First Funds to Help Palliative Carecenter
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released $1 million in Illinois FIRST funds to buy land for the construction of a new home for the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of the North Shore, a non-profit organization that provides medical and specialized counseling services to a wide variety of people.


November 1, 2002
Governor Announces $9.5 Million Mental Health Grant to Benefit School-Aged Children
CHICAGO--Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) has received a $9.5 million grant award from the Federal government. The grant is the result of a collaborative effort between the DHS' Office of Mental Health (DHS/OMH), the Chicago Public School system, the Illinois State Board of Education and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


November 1, 2002
Illinois Remains First in Nation in Education Technology
CHICAGO – Governor Ryan today announced that Illinois has been ranked first in the nation in the category of education by the Center for Digital Government and the Progress & Freedom Foundation for the second year in a row.

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