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February
2002


February 27, 2002
Illinois Named Top State for Economic Development in 2001
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today received the 2001 Site Selection Governor’s Cup, which the 47-year-old Atlanta-based magazine awards annually to the top state in America for business development. Site Selection’s yearly analyses are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as “the industry scoreboard.”


February 26, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Community Technology Grants to 36 Community Organizations Totaling $1.4 Million
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced 36 grants to community organizations totaling more than $1.4 million for advanced telecommunications access to low-income and rural areas. The Illinois Community Technology Fund was created by the Illinois Commerce Commission as a condition of the 1999 merger of SBC and Ameritech Illinois.


February 26, 2002
Governor Announces Community Water And Sewer Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $23.5 million in federally funded grants to 95 villages, cities, townships and counties for water and sewer projects, which will address threats to public health and safety.


February 20, 2002
Governor Ryan Proposes Balanced $52.8 Billion 2003 Budget
Historic Funding for Schools, More State Police, Community Living Arrangements for Disabled
SPRINGFIELD –- Governor George H. Ryan is proposing a balanced $52.8 billion Fiscal Year 2003 budget with an historic change in state school funding and, for the fourth straight year, 51 percent of new revenues dedicated to education.


February 18, 2002
Governor Ryan Previews Education Goals in Budget Message
Creates “Illinois Agenda for Excellence in Education”
DECATUR -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that he will propose a dramatic change in school funding that will increase the state’s foundation level to almost $5,000 per student – a record level - and keep his pledge of devoting 51 percent of new state revenues to education and workforce training.


February 15, 2002
Illinois Photo Contest Winners Show How to Be Real
CHICAGO -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the five grand prize winners of the statewide Be Real Youth Photo Contest, chosen by the public through on-line voting at www.futures4kids.org.


February 15, 2002
Governor Announcements Give Preview of State of the State Address
Touts expansion of workforce advantage program and submission of a request for waiver for FamilyCare program
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today gave a preview of the state of the state and budget address with the announcement of the expansion of the Illinois Workforce Advantage Program into South Lawndale. Illinois Workforce Advantage is the state program designed to strengthen the state's delivery of human services and bolster economic development in Illinois' distressed communities.


February 15, 2002
Governor Ryan Accepts $100,000 Donation from Verizon Foundation for Abraham Lincoln Institute for Literacy in America
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today accepted a $100,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to be used toward the Abraham Lincoln Institute for Literacy in America. The donation marks the first large corporate donation targeted specifically for the development of the Institute.


February 14, 2002
More Students Will Receive State Aid
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he will make additional grant award announcements through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to Illinois college students seeking financial assistance for the 2001-2002 academic year. An estimated 7,300 financially needy undergraduate students are expected to benefit from this action.


February 14, 2002
Governor Ryan Accepts National Technology Award
Becomes 1st Governor to Use a Digital Signature on an administrative order
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today accepted the 2001 Digital State Award at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. Illinois tied for first place this year with Kansas in the Digital State Survey, after being ranked 49th in 1998. The Digital State Survey is an annual survey of the use of technology in all 50 states sponsored by The Progress and Freedom Foundation and the Center for Digital Government.


February 14, 2002
Governor Ryan and Illinois Department of Human Services Promote Earned Income Tax Credit and Announce Continued Support for Free Tax Preparation
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the annual outreach effort to make low-income Illinoisans aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and all federal and state tax benefits to which they are entitled.


February 14, 2002
Governor Ryan Renews Efforts to Pass Ethics Reform
Ends Soliciting of Employees, Strengthens Gift Ban, Limits Influence on Contracting
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that his sweeping ethics reform package that strengthens the gift ban act; bans all state constitutional officers from soliciting campaign contributions from their employees; curtails fundraising by state regulators; and limits the influence of former state officials in the awarding of state contracts has been reintroduced in the House.


February 13, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Green Government Awards
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced seven state agencies have been recognized with the first Green Government Awards for their leadership roles in carrying out the Governor’s Green Illinois Executive Order.


February 12, 2002
ILLINOIS FIRST LADY ACCEPTS CUTTINGS FROM TREE AT LINCOLN COTTAGE
Celebrates 193rd Anniversary of Lincoln’s Birth at Historic Lincoln Site
Washington, D.C. – First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today joined Senator Durbin and Representative LaHood at the President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home National Monument to bring a “living link to Lincoln” home to Illinois.


February 11, 2002
Governor Ryan and Mayor Daley Lobby Congress to Pass Airport Bill and Create Jobs
Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Bill Lipinski lead sponsors
CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan and Mayor Richard M. Daley will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to lobby Congress to pass into law their recent air transportation agreement to create jobs and economic opportunity by modernizing O’Hare, building an airport in Peotone, and keeping Meigs Field open.


February 8, 2002
Brad Cole Named Deputy Chief of Staff for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today named Brad Cole as the Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of the Governor's downstate office in Marion.


February 8, 2002
Loan Guarantees to Help Farmers Harmed by Ty-Walk Failure
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan announced today that financial assistance is available to Illinois farmers adversely affected by the failure of the Ty-Walk Liquid Sales, Inc. grain elevator.


February 7, 2002
Report Outlines Steps to Create “Universal Access” to Preschool
CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan today accepted the report of a task force chaired by First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan that outlines a multi-year framework for providing all three-and-four-year-olds in Illinois with access to quality early childhood education programs.


February 6, 2002
Governor Ryan Presents More Illinois Tomorrow Awards
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan presented “Illinois Tomorrow Awards” to five Downstate winners today, recognizing outstanding examples of balanced growth initiatives.


February 5, 2002
Governor Announces 2002 Small Business Award Winners
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan tonight announced the winners of the Governor’s 2002 Small Business Awards, celebrating the success of Illinois small business owners, entrepreneurs and advocates, and the important contributions they make to the Illinois economy.


February 4, 2002
Ryan Plan Will Keep Lincoln Developmental Center Open
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the troubled Lincoln Developmental Center will remain open, but will be downsized to 100 residents under a corrective action plan that calls for moving 40 percent of the facility’s residents to new small group homes on the LDC campus.


February 1, 2002
Ryan Announces $31 Million in Federal School Renovation Grants
SPRINGFIELD –- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that about 297 low-income and rural Illinois school districts will share a $31.6 million federal grant to repair or renovate buildings, classrooms and other facilities.


February 1, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces New Series of Homeland Security Workshops
Statewide Homeland Security Summit to be Held in May
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a series of 17 regional Homeland Security Workshops that will begin next week and culminate in a Statewide Homeland Security Summit in May 2002.

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