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July 31, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Bill Creating the Lawyers' Assistance Program Act
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 4078 authorizing the Illinois Supreme Court to make grants to non-profit organizations for treatment of lawyers needing alcohol, substance-abuse, or mental health counseling.

July 31, 2002
Governor Ryan Seeks Federal Funding to Advance Work for South Suburban Airport
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state is filing an application with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for $5.9 million in federal funds for the next phase of engineering to move forward work on the South Suburban Airport.

July 29, 2002
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Announces Expansion of Teen REACH Program
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) will provide nearly $20 million in Fiscal Year 2003 for the Teen REACH after-school program. Teen REACH serves youth in low-income communities.

July 29, 2002
Governor Ryan Helps Communities Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that for the third year the Illinois Liquor Control Commission is awarding $1 million in 165 grants to 250 Illinois communities to implement the “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program to reduce youth access to tobacco products.

July 26, 2002
Governor Announces More Than $1,000,000 in Tourism Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $1 million in grants, through two state programs, to support over thirty organizations with promoting and marketing tourism destinations in order to increase visitation and travel expenditures in the State of Illinois.

July 26, 2002
Governor Ryan Welcomes Bears to Bourbonnais
Announces $2.7 million in Illinois FIRST Funds to Widen Armour Road
BOURBONNAIS -- Gov. George H. Ryan today welcomed the Chicago Bears to their first day of training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. The Bears moved to Olivet Nazarene after spending the past 18 years training for the season in Platteville, Wisconsin.

July 26, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Federal Reimbursements for Upgrades at Illinois Veterans Homes
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the State of Illinois’ Department Veterans Affairs is receiving nearly $7.3 million from the federal government for efforts to improve the lives of veterans. The federal grants are a reimbursement from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs for work that has already been completed.

July 24, 2002
Governor Ryan Welcomes Home Troops from European Mission in Support of The Nation's War on Terrorism
Signs Bill Providing Reemployment Rights for National Guard Personnel Called to State Active Duty
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today welcomed home members of the Illinois National Guard who have been on active duty in Europe for more than seven months. The soldiers have been part of Task Force Santa Fe, a force of nearly 2,200 National Guard personnel providing force protection and installation security at various locations in U.S. Army Europe.

July 23, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces State to Receive $2 Million in Federal Funds for Department of Corrections
Illinois Going Home Program to support prisoner reentry initiatives
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois will receive $2 million in federal funds to support prisoner reentry initiatives.

July 19, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs 9/11 Remembrance Bill
Designates September 11 Annually as a Commemorative Holiday and School Day
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 1531, designating September 11 as a commemorative holiday and a school day. “September 11 was a tragic day for our nation, and by officially setting aside this day each year, we will honor the memory of those who lost their lives and educate children about how this nation came together in support of all Americans,” said Governor Ryan.

July 19, 2002
State Fair Parade to Honor Illinois Veterans
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade will salute Illinois veterans, naming them honorary parade marshals.

July 18, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs LIHEAP Bill
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Ryan today signed Senate Bill 2235, amending the “John W. Maitland Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program” (LIHEAP) ensuring its continuation through 2007, and increasing DCCA's flexibility in administering LIHEAP to provide needed assistance to Illinois' low income families.

July 16, 2002
$1 Billion Borrowing Plan Sold at Competitive Rate
State Credit Rating Remains High
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the State borrowed $1 billion at an attractive 1.43 percent to help the state pay overdue bills. The State today received a total of 44 bids on the four separate maturities that total $1 billion in short-term certificates, sold through a competitive bidding process. The low winning bids for the four pieces were submitted by Bank One, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Lehman Brothers.

July 15, 2002
Federal Aviation Administration Approval Gives Boost to New South Suburban Airport
SPRINGFIELD, IL –- Governor George H. Ryan today said the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval of the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed South Suburban Airport is a major step in making the airport a reality.

July 11, 2002
Governor Announces New Director for the Department of Professional Regulation
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Aurelia Pucinski will take over as Director of the Department of Professional Regulation on August 1, 2002. Pucinski replaces Leonard Sherman who has been Director of IDPR since 1999.

July 3, 2002
Ryan Unveils First Statewide Strategic Plan for State Government
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled the complete version of the first-ever long-range strategic plan for Illinois state government, a plan that already is helping agencies cut costs, improve coordination and enhance services for people throughout the state.

July 3, 2002
Governor Ryan Signs Pledge of Allegiance Bill
Expands State Provision for High School Students to Recite Pledge
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed Senate Bill 1634, which amends the state school code so that students in secondary schools recite the Pledge of Allegiance on a daily basis. Current state law states that students in elementary schools supported in all or some part by the state recite the Pledge of Allegiance on school days.

July 1, 2002
Governor Releases Fourth Accomplishments Report
Governor George H. Ryan marked the beginning of state government’s new fiscal year today with the release of the fourth edition of For The Record: Administrative and Legislative Accomplishments, an annual review of initiatives, programs and actions undertaken by the Ryan Administration.

July 1, 2002
Governor Announces that 110,000 Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Benefit from Medicaid Expansion
Income level for AABD benefit increases to 100 percent of FPL on July 1
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that an additional 110,000 Illinois seniors and persons with disabilities receive medical coverage as the result of a three-year expansion of the AABD (Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled) Medicaid program administered by the Department of Public Aid.

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