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February 28, 2003
Blagojevich names new head of Department of Insurance
CHICAGO -– Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich named J. Anthony Clark as the new director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, the state body responsible for regulating the insurance industry.


February 28, 2003
Governor’s Office announces public improvement construction grants
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the release of 11 state grants to fund various public improvement construction projects throughout the state.


February 27, 2003
Blagojevich pushes reforms of state’s boards and commissions
SPRINGFIELD -- In another step to save taxpayer dollars and dramatically reform the way state government operates, Gov. Rod Blagojevich unveiled sweeping changes Thursday aimed at streamlining the number of the state’s boards and commissions, reducing substantially the roster of members who serve on them and slashing the amount of resources spent on them.


February 26, 2003
Blagojevich calls for Illinois to take advantage of unique opportunity to reduce state’s fiscal burden, protect pension funds
SPRINGFIELD -- Continuing to press for innovative solutions to address the state’s fiscal challenges, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed that Illinois take advantage of an unusually favorable climate for low-interest rates by refinancing a portion of the state’s outstanding $35 billion pension obligation.


February 24, 2003
Blagojevich calls for administrative cuts across state government
Demonstrating his commitment to reducing government spending and cutting the size of state government, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today called on agencies and departments under control of his office to cut administrative costs by an average of ten percent.


February 20, 2003
Blagojevich terminates expensive Washington, D.C.-based lobbying contracts
SPRINGFIELD -- In keeping with his administration’s ongoing efforts to carefully examine all areas of state spending, Gov. Rod Blagojevich is eliminating several expensive contracts that have required the state of Illinois to pay out large sums to Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and law firms.


February 18, 2003
Blagojevich names new Director on Aging
New leader brings 28 years of experience in senior services
CHICAGO – Today Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced another key appointment to his administration. Charles D. Johnson was named Director of the Department on Aging, the state agency responsible for monitoring and responding to the needs of senior citizens.


February 17, 2003
State Budget Director Outlines $4.8 Billion Deficit Facing Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- State Budget Director John Filan today met with reporters in both Chicago and Springfield to outline the state’s $4.8 billion deficit facing Illinois for Fiscal Years (FY) 2003 and 2004. He presented a specific and detailed analysis of the deficit, which revealed how years of unsound fiscal decisions led to this crisis.


February 13, 2003
Blagojevich calls for reforms of spending at state universities
Directs state board of higher education to focus on Administrative cuts, savings
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich said Thursday that his commitment to bring about much-needed reform to state government extends to another set of public institutions: the state’s public universities.


February 7, 2003
Blagojevich Signs Bill to Assist Military Families
Governor participates in send-off of Illinois National Guard Units
NORTH RIVERSIDE -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich participated Friday in the official send-off of members of two Illinois National Guard units who will be supporting U.S. military efforts overseas.


February 6, 2003
Blagojevich appoints task force to address DCFS issues
Panel to report in 60 days to Governor on department practices, policies, recommended changes
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich today appointed a high-level task force to thoroughly review problems associated with the state’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).


February 4, 2003
Blagojevich names director of Department of Corrections
Velasco is first Latino ever selected for the position
CHICAGO—Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced on Tuesday his selection of the individual who will lead the state’s Department of Corrections.


February 4, 2003
Blagojevich names additional department directors
CHICAGO – Two new department directors will be given the task of carrying out Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s efforts to reform state government and bring about a new way of doing business within the state offices they will lead.

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