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May 30, 2002
2002 Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand Line-Up to Feature Award-Winning Country Music, Popular Local Entertainment and an Evening of Comedy
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Award-winning country group Lonestar and rising country music star Sara Evans will headline the grandstand entertainment for the 2002 Du Quoin State Fair, Governor George H. Ryan announced today.

May 30, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces 2002 Illinois State Fair Grandstand Lineup
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the grandstand lineup for the 150th Anniversary Illinois State Fair, headlined by teen sensation Aaron Carter and country stars Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney.

May 30, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces 38 Additional Counties Declared Disaster Areas
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that 38 additional counties have been added to the Federal Disaster Declaration President Bush issued earlier this month. These counties sustained damage from the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in Illinois. Governor Ryan requested these 38 counties be added based on a review of damage assessments gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.

May 28, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Bioterriosm Summit in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the Illinois Department of Public Health will team up with the Illinois Public Health Association to sponsor “Preparing the Heartland,” the Illinois Bioterrorism Summit 2002. The Summit--to be held May 28-30, at the Hyatt Regency Oak Brook--will provide a comprehensive overview of the federal, state and local bioterrorism preparedness activities and bring together approximately 800 public health practitioners and first responders.

May 27, 2002
Governor Ryan Introduces Responsible, Balanced Fy 2003 Budget
Calls on General Assembly to send budget bill to his desk before June 1
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan introduced a new Fiscal Year 2003 budget proposal that solves the $2 Billion budget shortfall with cuts and new revenue and urged the General Assembly to take the lead and put a responsible budget on his desk during a joint Memorial Day session.

May 23, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Disaster Unemployment Aid for Workers in Southern Illinois Counties Hit by Severe Storms
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois workers who became unemployed due to recent storms and flooding in 30 Southern Illinois counties may now be eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

May 23, 2002
Governor to Introduce New Budget in Memorial Day Joint Session
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the legislative leaders have agreed to his request they convene the General Assembly into a 6 p.m. Memorial Day joint session to introduce a new budget proposal for the 2003 fiscal year. The Governor will introduce a balanced budget that will solve the nearly $2 billion drop-off in revenue that occurred after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

May 21, 2002
Governor Announces 9 Counties Declared Federal Disaster Areas
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that President Bush has approved his request and declared nine counties as federal disaster areas as a result of tornadoes, thunderstorms and damaging winds beginning on April 21. Counties covered by the Presidential declaration are Clay, Franklin, Johnson, Marion, Pope, Saline, St. Clair, Wayne and Union. In addition, any county that is contiguous to the declared counties will also be eligible for disaster assistance. The contiguous counties include Alexander, Clinton, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Washington, White and Williamson.

May 21, 2002
State Honors Individuals for Heroic Acts
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan joined the Illinois Department of Public Health today in honoring 32 individuals for acts of courage as part of the state’s 15th Annual Emergency Medical Services Awards.

May 20, 2002
Homeland Security Summit Being Held
Culmination of Regional Homeland Security Workshops
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) and the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) will host a Homeland Security Summit over the next two days, May 20th and 21st, 2002, using a grant provided by the University of Illinois Partnership Illinois program. The summit will be held in the Studio Theater at the Public Affairs Center on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

May 15, 2002
Governor Declares State Disaster Area as a Result of Flooding
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today declared the entire state of Illinois a disaster area as a result of flooding that is occurring now and may occur in the future. Forecasts indicate that more rain is predicted in Illinois as early as tomorrow. Excessive rains are already saturating watersheds throughout the state resulting in the flooding of homes, businesses, local roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure.

May 14, 2002
Governor Announces Federal Grant to Enhance Employment and Training Services for Persons with Disabilities
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the U.S. Department of Labor is awarding a nearly $1 million grant to the Illinois Workforce Investment Board to expand training and job opportunities throughout the state for persons with disabilities.

May 14, 2002
Illinois Residents' Standard of Living Improves During 1990s
New Census data shows increase in household income, decrease in poverty
SPRINGFIELD -- New data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the median household income in Illinois increased by 10.7 percent from 1990 to 2000. In 2000, the median household income was $46,590, compared to $42,078 (when adjusted for inflation) in 1990.

May 13, 2002
Governor Ryan Introduces Death Penalty Reform Legislation
Calls on General Assembly to hold hearings with key parties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today introduced legislation to reform the administration of the death penalty based on the 85 recommendations suggested by his Commission on Capital Punishment including: barring the execution of the mentally retarded; mandating that natural life is given as a sentencing option to juries, reducing death penalty eligibility factors from 20 to 5; and barring the death penalty when a conviction is based solely on a jailhouse “snitch.”

May 10, 2002
Governor Announces Opening of I-55 Lake Springfield Bridges
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the northbound bridge on Interstate 55 over Lake Springfield will open on Friday evening, signaling the near completion of the $36.4 million Illinois FIRST project for the replacement of the Interstate 55 bridges over Lake Springfield.

May 9, 2002
Governor Declares Marion County Disaster Area
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today declared Marion County a disaster area as a result of a severe weather system that moved through south central Illinois on Thursday, May 9, which resulted in 2 deaths and multiple injuries. Severe thunderstorms and damaging winds caused extensive damage to houses and mobile homes in Centralia. Initial reports indicate that 12 mobile homes were destroyed, 1 mobile home sustained major damage, 3 mobile homes sustained minor damage and 1 house was destroyed in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park on the south end of Centralia. Power outages and extensive damage to power lines and trees also occurred in the area.

May 7, 2002
Governor Ryan Declares Teacher Appreciation Week
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today declared May 6-10 as “Teacher Appreciation Week” to thank the state’s legions of dedicated educators who have committed themselves to improve the quality of education students receive in Illinois.

May 6, 2002
Governor Kicks off National Small Business Week in Illinois
Releases Illinois report on Entrepreneurship and small business needs
SPRINGFIELD -- In recognition of National Small Business Week, Governor George H. Ryan today lauded the contributions entrepreneurs make to the Illinois economy, released a report on Illinois’ participation in the National Governors’ Association Policy Academy on Entrepreneurship in Illinois, and announced a series of small business workshops around the state.

May 2, 2002
Governor Announces 2003 Coal Calendar Contest Winners
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today honored the 25 school children whose essays and artwork were chosen to be included in the Illinois Coal Calendar for the year 2003.

May 1, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Emphasis on Financial Literacy; Urges Education as Key to Economic Success
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced he is directing the Office of Banks and Real Estate to establish a task force that will coordinate efforts and raise the consciousness of the need for financial literacy. The Governor’s 2002 Financial Literacy Conference, which was held April 30th and May 1st, focused on exploring ways to teach, equip and empower children and adults with essential financial concepts and skills.

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