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April
2002


April 30, 2002
Governor Adds Franklin and St. Clair Counties as State Disaster Areas
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Franklin and St. Clair counties are being added as disaster areas in the aftermath of the tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that moved through southern Illinois on Sunday, April 28. After surveying the areas, it has been determined that damage occurred to homes, businesses, farms, and local roads in the communities of Sesser in Franklin County and Belleville, Swansea and Shiloh in St. Clair County. Initial reports indicate that this severe weather system destroyed 7 homes and caused major damage to 47 homes and other properties in the 2 counties.


April 29, 2002
Governor Declares Clay, Johnson, Pope, Saline and Union Counties State Disaster Areas
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today declared Clay, Johnson, Pope, Saline and Union counties disaster areas as a result of tornadoes and thunderstorms that moved through the southern tip of Illinois on Saturday, April 27, which resulted in one death and 7 injuries. Initial reports indicate that this severe weather system destroyed 16 homes, and caused major damage to 33 homes and minor damage to 107 homes. The tornadoes and thunderstorms caused heavy damage to Flora in Clay County, Cypress in Johnson County, Golconda in Pope County, Galatia in Saline County and Dongola in Union County. Damage occurred to homes, businesses, farms, local roads and other properties throughout the five-county area. These storms also left a trail of downed power lines, power outages and debris.


April 26, 2002
Lincoln Deed Donated to Illinois State Historical Library
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that an original deed written in 1845 by Abraham Lincoln for a piece of property in Springfield has been donated to the Illinois State Historical Library. The donation was made by 93-year-old Glenn W. Allen of Delavan, Illinois and his 96-year-old sister Dorothy C. Allen of Peoria, great-grandchildren of the man who bought the property in 1845.


April 26, 2002
Lincoln and Herndon Law Books Donated to Illinois State Historical Library
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that 33 law books owned by Abraham Lincoln’s law partner, William H. Herndon, have been donated to the Illinois State Historical Library by Carolyn Oxtoby, who rehabilitates 19th century commercial buildings in downtown Springfield, Illinois.


April 26, 2002
Original Documents Written by Lincoln Family and Associates Donated to Illinois State Historical Library
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that numerous original documents written by Abraham Lincoln’s family and associates, many giving valuable insights into Lincoln’s political career and the struggle to construct a monument after his death, have been donated to the Illinois State Historical Library.


April 26, 2002
Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln Legal Documents Donated to Illinois State Historical Library
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that 83 original legal documents, most pertaining to Stephen A. Douglas and one written by Abraham Lincoln, have been donated to the Illinois State Historical Library by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Hemp.


April 26, 2002
Collection of Young Girl who Urged Lincoln to Grow a Beard Donated to Illinois State Historical Library
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that a collection of artifacts, photographs and recollections from the woman who as an 11-year-old girl urged Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard has been donated to the Illinois State Historical Library.


April 26, 2002
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Announces Donations of Numerous Abraham Lincoln Materials
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced that numerous items of Abraham Lincoln-related material have been donated to the Illinois State Historical Library, all stemming from publicity about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


April 26, 2002
Illinois Designated as First Five-Star Literacy Program Award Winner
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Illinois has been designated as the first state to receive the 2000-2001 Five-Star Policy Program Award for literacy from the International Reading Association.


April 25, 2002
GOVERNOR REQUESTS FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION FOR WAYNE COUNTY
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today requested that President Bush approve a Federal disaster declaration for Wayne County as a result of damage caused by tornadoes and a severe weather system that moved through the area earlier this week. The tornadoes caused extensive damage to homes, businesses, farms, local roads and other properties in the communities of Fairfield, Sims, Wayne City and Keenes.


April 24, 2002
Ryan Unveils First Statewide Community Living and Disability Plan
Governor George H. Ryan today released the state’s first-ever comprehensive plan to give people with disabilities a greater say in the services they receive and to help them successfully integrate into communities throughout Illinois.


April 23, 2002
Governor Awards Grants to Promote Balanced Growth
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $723,826 in research and planning grants to 14 local groups to assist the state in its balanced growth objectives under the administration’s Illinois Tomorrow initiative.


April 22, 2002
Governor Declares Wayne County Disaster Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today declared Wayne County a disaster area as a result of a tornado and severe weather system that moved through southeastern Illinois on Sunday, April 21, which resulted in one death and more than 50 people injured and requiring medical treatment. The tornado also caused extensive damage to homes, businesses, farms, local roads and other properties in Fairfield, Sims, Wayne City and Keenes. Power outages and extensive damage to power lines and trees also occurred throughout the area.


April 22, 2002
Ryan Marks Earth Day By Committing State to “Green Power”
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan marked Earth Day 2002 by committing state government to purchasing a set amount of electricity from renewable “green” power sources such as wind, solar, organic wastes and hydropower.


April 22, 2002
Governor Ryan Proclaims Volunteer Week in Illinois
Announces Recipients of Illinois Points Of Light Awards
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today proclaimed April 22 – 28, 2002 as Volunteer Week in Illinois and announced the Illinois Points of Light Award, the state’s award for volunteerism and community service.


April 19, 2002
Governor Ryan Unveils $2.3 Billion Highway Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2003
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled a comprehensive highway program for Fiscal Year 2003. The $2.3 billion program will focus on preserving and modernizing existing roads and bridges, improving safety and easing congestion on key highways.


April 18, 2002
Governor Ryan Urges Communities to Participate in President’s Citizen Corps Initiative
Four Illinois Cities Already Forming Citizen Corps Councils
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today urged communities around the state to form Citizen Corps Councils in support of President Bush’s Citizen Corps initiative. Four Illinois communities are among approximately 40 nationwide that are already forming Citizen Corps Councils. The four Illinois communities are: Arlington Heights; Belvidere; Moline and Palatine.


April 17, 2002
DCCA, IDES, & McHenry County Officials to Meet on Special Assistance for Harvard
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan said the state will work to assist the community of Harvard, Illinois after Motorola announced it will close its Harvard facility by April 2003. The Governor said that up to $1 million of a $3 million grant from Motorola to the state of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Community Affair’s “Illinois Workforce, Technology and Economic Development Fund” will be specifically allocated to assist with Harvard’s economic development efforts and targeted assistance for the affected Motorola employees.


April 16, 2002
UPS Foundation Donates $100,000 to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today accepted a donation from the United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation for the construction and operation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


April 16, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award for the Arts
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Ryan today announced that Don Baum, a widely acclaimed visual artist and educator, will be honored with the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at a 6:00 p.m. ceremony in the Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 17.


April 15, 2002
Governor Ryan's Commission on Capital Punishment Completes Comprehensive Review of Illinois System
Delivers final recommendations to Governor Ryan
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today received the report from his Commission on Capital Punishment, which makes more than 80 recommendations for change in the capital punishment system in Illinois. The recommendations include the creation of a statewide panel to review prosecutors' request for the death penalty; banning death sentences on the mentally retarded; significantly reducing the number of death eligibility factors; videotaping interrogations of homicide suspects; and controlling the use of testimony by jail house informants.


April 15, 2002
Ryans Release 2001 Income Tax Returns
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today made public their federal and state income tax returns for 2001.


April 11, 2002
Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Richard Mathias Resigns
Governor Lauds Mathias’ Contributions and Leadership
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Richard Mathias has informed Governor George H. Ryan of his intention to step down from the ICC September 1, 2002.


April 11, 2002
Governor Ryan Urges Legislature to Solve Budget Crisis
More layoffs, closures and early release of non-violent inmates seen
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today briefed the leaders of the General Assembly on the sharp decline in revenues since September 11th, and urged them to come together to solve the budget crisis.


April 10, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Pact for Scientific Exchange Between Illinois, The Nature Conservancy and Mato Grosso, Brazil
EAST PEORIA -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Nature Conservancy to allow for scientific exchange of information that will benefit the Illinois River Basin.


April 8, 2002
Governor Announces $14 Million in Coal Infrastructure Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced 34 Coal Infrastructure Grants, totaling more than $14 million, to improve coal production and transportation systems in Illinois.


April 5, 2002
Governor Announces $2.2 Million in Grants to Help the Homeless
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $2.25 million to help 65 not-for-profit organizations provide emergency assistance to the homeless.


April 3, 2002
Governor Announces $6.8 Million in Technology Grants
Building technology in Illinois from the community - up
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling approximately $6.8 million as part of his continuing effort to support the state’s technology infrastructure, workforce and local communities.


April 1, 2002
Governor Ryan Issues Executive Orders to Streamline Government and Maximize Efficiency
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed two executive orders that will eliminate 31 boards and commissions and incorporate the Offices of Statewide Performance Review and Strategic Planning into the Bureau of the Budget.

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