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September
2002


September 26, 2002
Governor Ryan Releases C2000 Funds
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today released $5.25 million to the Department of Natural Resources for Conservation 2000, a broad-based program to manage the state’s privately owned natural resources.


September 26, 2002
Governor Awards Illinois Technology Enterprise Corporation Grants
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced nearly $3 million in state grants for eight Illinois Technology Enterprise Corporation (ITEC) centers. The mission of each of the centers is to assist technology-based start-up businesses and serve as an incubator for the new ventures.


September 26, 2002
Governor Announces $8.5 Million in Funding for Illinois River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the release of $8.5 million for conservation projects on floodplain and other highly erodible land as part of the Illinois River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).


September 26, 2002
Governor Announces Federal Grant for Third Airport Master Plan Study
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the state has received $3 million in federal funds for the next phase of engineering on the South Suburban Airport.


September 24, 2002
Governor Ryan Breaks Ground on New Multi-Security Level Women’s Correctional Facility in Kankakee County
HOPKINS PARK - Governor George H. Ryan today attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $100 million state prison in Hopkins Park to house the growing number of female offenders in Illinois and enable the reception and classification process for all female inmates to be moved closer to Cook County.


September 19, 2002
Gov. Ryan Appoints Budget Director Schnorf Interim Head of CMS
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of the Bureau of the Budget Director Stephen B. Schnorf as the interim director of the Department of Central Management Services, replacing Michael S. Schwartz who is taking early retirement for health reasons.


September 18, 2002
Governor Announces Sale Of Illinois College Savings Bonds To Help Families Plan For Higher Education Costs
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois College Savings Bonds will be offered for sale in mid October through brokerage firms across the state.


September 18, 2002
Former Governor Thompson to Defend Gov. Ryan, PRB Against Attorney General's "Frivolous" Lawsuits
CHICAGO--Governor James R. Thompson and law partner Kimball R. Anderson of the law firm of Winston and Strawn will defend Governor George H. Ryan and the state Prisoner Review Board in the lawsuits filed yesterday by the Attorney General.


September 16, 2002
Governor Ryan Urges Support for Accused Air Guard Pilots
SPRINGFIELD-- Gov. George H. Ryan urged support for the legal defense fund for the Illinois military pilots charged by the U.S. Air Force in connection with the fatal "friendly fire" bombing of Canadian troops on a training exercise in Afghanistan.


September 12, 2002
Governor Ryan, HHS Secretary Thompson Announce Familycare Federal Approval
Under FamilyCare nearly 30,000 low income parents of KidCare enrollees will be eligible for medical coverage
CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved the Governor’s innovative FamilyCare program, allowing Illinois to extend medical coverage to the parents and caretakers of children in the state’s successful KidCare program.


September 12, 2002
Governor Announces Racing Board Appointment
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Robert C. Winchester, Sr. of Whittington, to the Illinois Racing Board.


September 10, 2002
Governor Encourages all Illinoisans to Recognize September 11th
Calls for Lowering all Flags to Half-Staff and for Participation in Remembrance Ceremonies
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Wednesday, September 11, 2002 has been declared “Prayer and Remembrance Day” in Illinois. Governor Ryan will begin ceremonies commemorating the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington at 8:30 A.M. Wednesday on the state capitol plaza between the firefighter and police officer memorials.


September 10, 2002
Governor Ryan Breaks Ground for New Kankakee County Jail
KANKAKEE – Governor George H. Ryan today joined local officials to break ground on a new $25 million jail facility for Kankakee County.


September 10, 2002
Governor Ryan Says Illinois is Ready for Higher State of Alert; Requests Continued Vigilance by Illinois Residents
CHICAGO-- Governor Ryan issued the following statement after the White House Office of Homeland Security's decision to raise the alert status to orange, or a high state of alert:


September 9, 2002
Governor Ryan, Mayor Daley, U.S. Rep. Biggert, Sen. Durbin Announce New Navy Pier Marine Safety and Rescue Station
State, City, Federal Government to Fund New Lake Michigan Coast Guard Station
CHICAGO--Gov. George H. Ryan, Mayor Richard M. Daley, U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined the U.S. Coast Guard in committing $6 million for a new state-of-the-art, joint use marine safety and search and rescue station at Navy Pier.


September 6, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces $32.8 Million in Federal Grants to Help Improve K-3 Reading Achievement
CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the federal Department of Education will award the state of Illinois nearly $33 million in grants to help schools and school districts improve children’s reading achievement in the K-3 levels as well as to fund professional development programs for educators.


September 6, 2002
Governor Ryan, State Officials Present Update on Homeland Security in Illinois
Illinois’ Terrorism Task Force Commended for over Two Years of Service
CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan along with Illinois Homeland Security Director Matthew Bettenhausen, state agency directors and state and local law enforcement officials today announced the progress of Illinois’ Homeland Security preparation since the heinous attacks of September 11, 2001.


September 6, 2002
Governor Ryan Makes Gaming Board Appointments
Former LaSalle County State's Attorney Gary Peterlin Named to Panel; Elzie Higginbottom Appointed Chairman
CHICAGO -- Gov. George H. Ryan has nominated former LaSalle County State's Attorney Gary Peterlin to the Illinois Gaming Board and designated current member Elzie Higginbottom to be chairman of the panel.


September 5, 2002
First Lady Celebrates “Recovery Month” in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan today proclaimed September as “Recovery Month” in Illinois. First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan and Department of Human Services Secretary Linda Renee Baker marked Recovery Month with a special event today at the James R. Thompson Center. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: A Call to Action.”


September 4, 2002
Governor Awards Alton School District 11 $23 Million to Construct New High School
ALTON, Ill – Governor George H. Ryan today awarded a school construction grant totaling more than $23 million to Alton Community Unit School District 11 to replace the existing high school, which was built in 1927. The current high school will be occupied by middle school children, with some of the total being used to refurbish the existing building.


September 4, 2002
Governor Awards Hutsonville School District 1 $4.3 Million for New Building
HUTSONVILLE, Ill – Governor George H. Ryan today awarded a $4.3 million school construction grant to Hutsonville Community Unit School District 1 to build a new high school that will consolidate two existing schools. The new structure will replace the present high school building, which was constructed in 1912.


September 4, 2002
Governor Awards Decatur School District 61 $17 Million for New K-8 Building
DECATUR – Governor George H. Ryan today awarded a $17 million school construction grant to Decatur School District 61 to build a new structure to house kindergarten through eighth grade students. The building will by located in the Phoenix Park Area, a site of economic renewal with new residential buildings and, now, a new school.


September 4, 2002
Governor Awards Farmington School District 265 $17 Million for New Building
FARMINGTON, Ill – Governor George H. Ryan today awarded a school construction grant totaling nearly $17 million to Farmington Central Community Unit School District 265 for a new pre-school through grade 12 building. The new structure will replace all other buildings currently used, including the Harris Elementary building that was constructed in 1908.


September 4, 2002
Governor Ryan Announces Illinois Arts Council Grants
CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan announced that the Illinois Arts Council (IAC) unanimously awarded 993 grants totaling over $13.7 million to individual artists and not-for-profit organizations doing public arts programming throughout the state of Illinois. The funds are derived from an annual appropriation from the Illinois General Assembly and supplemented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


September 3, 2002
Gov. Announces $489 Million in New School Construction Grants
Illinois FIRST builds 16,000 new classrooms for more than 108,000 Illinois children
CHICAGO - Governor George H. Ryan today announced grant recipients for the first half of a two-year, $1 billion state school construction program for 51 school districts throughout Illinois, continuing the State’s investment in modern and improved facilities for Illinois’ school children.


September 3, 2002
Governor Awards Thornton Township High Schools $19 Million to Relieve Overcrowded Classrooms
LANSING, IL – Governor Ryan today awarded a $19 million school construction grant to Thornton Fractional High School District 215 to relieve overcrowded classrooms by expanding the number of classrooms in each of the district’s three high schools.

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