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June
2002


June 28, 2002
Governor Announces 2002 Community Development Assistance Program Planning Assistance Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that 30 Illinois communities are recipients of 2002 Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) Planning Assistance grants totaling $700,000.


June 28, 2002
Governor Announces Agreement on Short-Term Borrowing With State Comptroller, Treasurer
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan, joined by Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and Comptroller Dan Hynes, today said an agreement had been reached on a $1 billion short-term borrowing program to help the state pay overdue bills. The loan will be repaid by the end of Fiscal Year 2003.


June 28, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Key Components of FY 2003 Budget
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed several legislative components of the Fiscal Year 2003 budget including authorizing decoupling the state equipment depreciation tax from the federal economic stimulus package; an increase in gaming taxes; an early retirement plan for the city of Chicago; and a plan to securitize tobacco settlement funds.


June 27, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Legislation Creating Ronald Reagan Day in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 1553 designating February 6 of each year as “Ronald Reagan Day.”


June 27, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Bill Allowing 12 &13 Year Olds to Officiate Youth Athletic Events
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 5996 that allows 12 & 13 year olds to umpire and referee sporting events provided certain restrictions are met.


June 27, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Bill to Improve Quality of Health Care for Seniors
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 2098 creating the Senior Pharmaceutical Assistance Act, the Senior Pharmaceutical Assistance Committee and the Senior Health Assistance Program.


June 25, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Early Retirement Bill
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 2671, allowing eligible state employees to purchase up to five years of service in order to qualify for early retirement.


June 25, 2002
Governor Commends Volunteers; Announces Winners of 2002 Home Town Awards
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today congratulated winners of the 21st annual Governor's Home Town Awards and commended them on their efforts to improve their communities through volunteerism.


June 25, 2002
Governor Ryan Approves $1.8 Million for New Pace Buses
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the approval of $1.8 million in Illinois FIRST funds for new buses and paratransit vehicles for PACE, the suburban bus system in the Chicago region.


June 24, 2002
Governor Ryan Makes Appointment to the Gaming Board
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today appointed attorney Violet Clark to the Illinois Gaming Board.


June 21, 2002
Governor Announces 5 Counties Designated for Public Assistance
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that FEMA has approved his request to expand disaster assistance for five counties to include units of local government affected by the recent storms, tornadoes and floods that began on April 21. The counties that are eligible to apply for Public Assistance include Adams, Effingham, Fayette, Hancock and Richland. This brings the total to 38 counties eligible to apply for Public Assistance.


June 17, 2002
Governor Ryan Breaks Ground for New District 13 Headquarters
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined Illinois State Police Director Sam W. Nolen and other state and local officials for an official groundbreaking ceremony of the new Illinois State Police (ISP) District 13 headquarters at DuQuoin.


June 13, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs House Bill 4159
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 4159, amending the Deposit of State Moneys Act and allowing the state treasurer--with the approval of the governor--to invest non-obligated state treasury funds in foreign government bonds and notes.


June 13, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Bill to Help Financially Troubled School Districts
Gives New Funding Tool to Chicago Public Schools
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 5734 that allows for the establishment of a finance authority to exercise control over a school district and giving the authority the necessary powers to bring financial stability to the district. The bill also gives the Chicago Public School District the ability to levy taxes for capital and life safety improvements, a funding mechanism similar to what all other school districts have now.


June 11, 2002
Governor Ryan Commends Senate for Special Session Action
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan issued the following statement after the Illinois Senate finished its special session review of the Governor’s line item and reduction vetoes:


June 10, 2002
Governor Ryan Cuts $500 Million to Balance 2003 Budget
Calls On Lawmakers To Hold Line Item, Reduction Vetoes Warns of Another Special Session for Tax Increases if Vetoes are Rejected
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan submitted $502 million in cuts to lawmakers to bring into balance the Fiscal Year 2003 budget passed last week, citing the worst revenue picture in nearly fifty years, the continued national trend of reduced tax revenue to state governments and lawmakers’ over reliance on borrowing to balance the budget.


June 10, 2002
Safety Concerns Force Closure of Lincoln Developmental Center
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the process of closing the troubled Lincoln Developmental Center will begin on July 1 because of new alleged incidents of improper supervision which indicate to developmental disability professionals that “health and safety issues remain” at the LDC campus.


June 10, 2002
Cornerstone Placed at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL 18th), Springfield Mayor Karen Hasara, and members of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation Board and the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in placing the cornerstone for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, under construction in downtown Springfield.


June 7, 2002
Governor Ryan Calls Special Veto Session Monday, June 10, to Ensure Balanced Budget by Beginning of Fiscal Year 2003
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has issued a call to all members of the Illinois General Assembly for a special session, 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2002 to finalize the state’s Fiscal Year 2003 budget and review the Governor’s line-item and reduction vetoes to the budget bill the General Assembly sent to his desk.


June 7, 2002
Illinois Receives $20 Million for Bioterrorism Preparedness Plan
CHICAGO -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today presented a mock check to the State of Illinois for $20,841,525. The check represents the release of funds to assist in the implementation of the comprehensive plan to further strengthen and build the public health and emergency response systems and to better prepare for bioterrorism. The City of Chicago also was presented with a check for $10,255,397.


June 6, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces 33 Counties Designated for Expanded Federal Disaster Assistance
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved his request to expand disaster assistance for 33 Illinois counties to include aid for units of local government affected by the recent storms, tornadoes and floods which began on April 21. The 33 counties are receiving the expanded federal assistance based upon a review of Preliminary Damage Assessments conducted by federal and state damage assessment teams.


June 5, 2002
Governor Ryan Hosting National Forum on Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program June 9-12 in Peoria
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan will host the third annual National Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Forum in Peoria, June 9-12, bringing together state, federal and local representatives to discuss the accomplishments and challenges of one of the nation’s largest and most innovative conservation and environmental enhancement programs.


June 4, 2002
Illinois First Grant to Rantoul to Create 210 New Jobs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $2.2 million in Illinois FIRST funding to the village of Rantoul for roadway construction and improvements to serve a pork processing facility of American Premium Foods, Inc. that will bring 210 new jobs to the area.


June 3, 2002
Twenty-Six Officers Receive Medal of Honor Award
SPRINGFIELD -- Twenty-six law enforcement officers from around Illinois received the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor during ceremonies held today at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. The annual awards, created by state statute, honor law enforcement officers “who have distinguished themselves by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty.”


June 2, 2002
Governor Ryan Commends Legislative Action on Lincoln Library
Expert Panel, HPA to Govern Library and Museum
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan applauded the General Assembly's passage of a bill creating an operating structure for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum through a reorganization of the Historic Preservation Agency.


June 2, 2002
Governor Ryan Dismisses Bensenville Lawsuit as Frivolous
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan dismissed as “frivolous” the lawsuit that State Senate President James “Pate” Philip, U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde and the city of Bensenville will file against the Governor and Mayor Daley to stop their agreement to create more than 200,000 jobs with a regional airport plan.


June 2, 2002
Governor Commends General Assembly for Working Together in a Bi-Partisan Effort to Pass State Budget
$54 Billion Dollar Spending Bill Will Allow State Government to Continue Providing Essential Services
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today congratulated the Illinois General Assembly for passing a Fiscal Year 2003 budget that reduces appropriations by $600 million from Fiscal Year 2002. The $54 Billion FY ‘03 budget is a compromise agreement that includes a mixture of spending cuts and new revenues.

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