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2003


January 30, 2003
Blagojevich announces changes at key department to promote reform & fiscal discipline in state government
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich continued on Thursday to promote large-scale reforms of state government by announcing his plans for fundamental changes at a key state agency that has often been identified with bureaucratic inefficiency and mismanagement.


January 28, 2003
Blagojevich appoints additional department leaders
Governor gives appointees task of streamlining, reforming state agencies
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich called upon the newly-named directors of three agencies whose appointments he announced today to carry out his agenda for change within the offices they will be running.


January 27, 2003
Blagojevich eliminates more of Ryan administration’s last-minute term appointees
CHICAGO -- Continuing an effort he initiated on his first full day in office to change business as usual in state government, Governor Rod Blagojevich announced that he will remove more than two dozen people from appointments made in an invalid manner by the previous administration in its final days in office.


January 23, 2003
Blagojevich takes action to investigate, prevent public corruption
New round of reform-oriented executive orders call for creation of new Independent Inspector General for his office and other departments
CHICAGO -- Demonstrating once again his administration’s emphasis on significantly changing the way state government operates, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich unveiled the first in a series of measures he intends to take that will impose stricter ethics standards on state employees under his jurisdiction.


January 17, 2003
Blagojevich names new agency directors, continues push for reform, streamlining government
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich, culminating a first week in office during which he called for fundamental reforms in state government and a new way of doing business, called upon the directors of a half dozen agencies whose appointments he announced today to carry out his agenda for change within the offices they will be running.


January 16, 2003
Governor appoints budget director to lead push for sensible spending, reforms
Blagojevich also creates council of economic advisors and selects legislator as advisor on economy and labor
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Thursday provided a direct assessment of the severe budget situation he inherited upon taking office, calling it “the worst budget crisis the state has ever known.”


January 14, 2003
Governor issues directives calling for removal of last-minute term appointees
Blagojevich clarifies previous administration’s personnel rules changes; appoints expert on ethics & personnel to serve as special investigator - Governor’s first full day in office includes push for reform, budget savings
SPRINGFIELD -- On his first full day as Illinois’ new chief executive, Governor Rod Blagojevich took his initial steps toward fulfilling his goal of bringing about fundamental reform to state government.


January 13, 2003
Free, Family-Oriented Event to be Highlight of Blagojevich Inauguration Weekend
Free-of-charge Sunday BBQ to feature musical acts & activities for children
SPRINGFIELD - Festivities surrounding Rod Blagojevich's inauguration as Illinois' next governor will have a distinct family-oriented flavor, offering the opportunity for people of all ages to join in a celebration of the state's history, culture and traditions.


January 13, 2003
Blagojevich's Road to Changing State Government Will Begin With Railroad Trip
Gov.-elect to make "whistle-stop" tour en route to Springfield, will visit with residents of communities -- Events along railroad offer additional opportunities for public accessibility, involvement in inaugural festivities
CHICAGO -- While making his way to Springfield where he will take office as the next governor and begin bringing fundamental change to state government, Rod Blagojevich's mode of transportation will give him the opportunity to visit with Illinoisans in several communities and take part in activities that underscore the key themes of openness, accessibility and new approaches that are central to the inaugural weekend as a whole.


January 13, 2003
Blagojevich Answers High Demand for Public Tickets by Announcing Second Inaugural Ball
Affordable, accessible line-up of events leads to tremendous level of interest among people eager to join in celebration of Illinois -- The "people's inaugural" now enlarged to accommodate more people
SPRINGFIELD -- Due to an outpouring of requests from people across the state of Illinois who hope to take part in the affordable and accessible inaugural activities planned for next weekend, Gov.-elect Rod Blagojevich and his inaugural staff have taken additional steps to enable more people to attend the events designed to celebrate the state's history and traditions and usher in a new administration.


January 13, 2003
Satellite and Pool Coverage of Inaugural Events
Inaugural Weekend Satellite Times
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January 13, 2003
Blagojevich Unveils List of Chairs, Vice-Chairs of Issues-Based Transition Committees
Leaders of panels will present policy options to Gov.-elect
CHICAGO - Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich moved forward today with his transition efforts as he announced his selections of the individuals who will lead sixteen issues-based advisory panels that will present policy options to him and help him craft a detailed agenda as he prepares to take office.


January 13, 2003
Gov.-Elect Blagojevich Names Members of Budget Advisory Panel
Team charged with goal of identifying top fiscal problems, scope of challenges
CHICAGO - Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich today announced the appointment of a team of leaders with extensive experience in the private and public sector to serve on his budget advisory board. The panel members will work during the current transition period to examine in detail the state’s current fiscal condition, identify the state’s most urgent budget challenges and report their findings to the incoming governor.


January 13, 2003
Blagojevich Names Broad-Based, Bipartisan Board of Advisers, Transition Team
Former Governor James Thompson to play prominent transition role; David Wilhelm to lead transition team -- Blagojevich to reject $250,000 in state funds budgeted for transition
CHICAGO - Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich announced a 26-person Transition Advisory Council today comprised of a cross-section of Illinois business and labor leaders, educators, academics, clergy, health care professionals and elected officials.


January 9, 2003
Governor’s Commission Provides Final Report of Revised Criminal Code
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today accepted the final report from the Criminal Code Rewrite and Reform Commission.


January 8, 2003
Additional LIHEAP Funding Released to Assist Illinois Residents
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the State of Illinois is receiving $7 million in funds from the federal government, which will allow the state to help more families pay their heating bills this winter.


January 7, 2003
Governor Releases $8.1 for Teacher Mentoring and Induction Program
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released $8.1 million for a new statewide teacher mentoring and induction program, to be implemented by the Illinois State Board of Education.


January 3, 2003
Governor Accepts Final Report from School Code Revision Commission
SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today accepted the final report from the Commission on Revising the Illinois School Code. The Commission was formed in April 2001 to conduct a comprehensive study and analysis of the existing School Code and prepare a proposed revision of the Code to update its language and correct obsolete, overlapping and conflicting provisions.

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