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2003


April 30, 2003
Gov. Blagojevich, Mayor Daley lobby Illinois’ congressional delegation for increased federal support
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley joined forces today in Washington, D.C. to lobby members of Congress to increase the state and city’s share of federal dollars.


April 29, 2003
Blagojevich outlines Illinois Toll Highway Authority reforms
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced sweeping reforms of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority that include the creation of an independent inspector general’s office to investigate allegations of waste, fraud and mismanagement and the naming of a new chairman and four other board of director members who have agreed to forego any compensation or benefits for their service.


April 28, 2003
Blagojevich taps DCFS Task Force chair to head troubled child welfare agency
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today introduced Bryan Samuels as his choice to fill the director’s post at the troubled Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


April 27, 2003
In five city tour, Blagojevich urges legislature to pass the budget
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Taking his budget message to citizens around the state, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced a recent poll found Illinois voters overwhelmingly supported his budget proposal, which solves the state’s worst ever financial crisis without raising the state’s income or sales taxes and increases spending on education, health care and public safety.


April 25, 2003
Blagojevich recognizes scouts for litter cleanup
Saturday is Lincoln Trail Hike Day in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today recognized Springfield-area Boy and Girl Scouts and employees from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency who have joined forces to cleanup litter along the historic Lincoln Trail, a 20-mile scenic roadway that traces the path Abraham Lincoln walked as a law student.


April 24, 2003
Blagojevich announces key partnership to increase efforts to recover missing children
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced improvements to Illinois’ child- abduction alert system that will make it one of the strongest in the nation.


April 22, 2003
Progress made, promises kept as Blagojevich marks first 100 days in office
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Reflecting on his first 100 days in office, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today told supporters at three stops that much has been accomplished, but he’s just getting started down the road to making substantial changes in state government and fixing the budget mess he inherited upon taking office in January.


April 21, 2003
Blagojevich appoints Rep. Hartke as Agriculture director
Effingham County farmer and legislator to take post April 28
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the appointment of long-time state Rep. Charles “Chuck” A. Hartke as director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.


April 16, 2003
Blagojevich appoints federal prosecutor to serve as Inspector General
"Z" Scott to lead Governor’s efforts to investigate complaints of corruption
CHICAGO -- Following through on his commitment to bring fundamental change to state government, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced today the appointment of an experienced federal prosecutor to lead his administration’s efforts to ensure that employees under his jurisdiction abide by high ethical standards.


April 15, 2003
Farmers in 30 counties eligible for drought assistance
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that federal financial assistance is available to farmers in 30 counties who suffered agricultural production losses last summer due to severe drought conditions.


April 14, 2003
Illinois Terrorism Task Force sends equipment surveys to police, fire chiefs
In anticipation of the release of Federal Fiscal Year 2003 federal terrorism funding, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) this week is sending letters to every fire and police chief in the state seeking the number of first responders who need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The deadline for responding to the equipment survey is April 30.


April 14, 2003
Blagojevich fires Ryan administration official for scheming to lock top-level state employees into jobs
Governor urges resignation of two other Ryan staffers involved
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the firing of a former senior Ryan administration official now serving on a state commission and a recommendation that two other Ryan staffers be dismissed from state employment for their roles last year in orchestrating a scheme to lock friends and allies of Gov. George Ryan into long-term, high-paying state jobs.


April 10, 2003
Blagojevich boosts funding for Chicago public schools
New budget to add $42.7 million for local schools
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today visited Little Village Academy in Chicago to outline his funding plan to aid struggling schools in the City and throughout the state.


April 10, 2003
Blagojevich boosts funding for Rockford schools
New budget adds $8.3 million
ROCKFORD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today visited Lincoln Middle School in Rockford to outline his funding plan to aid struggling school districts in Rockford and throughout the state.


April 9, 2003
Agriculture budget ensures closer inspection of animal diseases
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a budget for the Illinois Department of Agriculture that would save the state $9.7 million and still enable the agency to maintain its important meat inspection program and to expand efforts to monitor and prepare for foreign animal diseases.


April 9, 2003
Banks and Real Estate staffing reduced
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget of $30.9 million for the Office of Banks and Real Estate, down $3.6 million from FY03.


April 9, 2003
CDB budget calls for decreases in operations and capital projects
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today presented a $2.83 billion budget for the Capital Development Board (CDB) that represents a decrease in capital projects and agency operation costs.


April 9, 2003
Governor’s budget for CMS consolidates agency services
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget of $3.35 billion for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS); General Revenue funding for the department will total $1.04 billion, up from $904 million in FY03.


April 9, 2003
DCEO budget proposal to enhance workforce training, increase business investment
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget of $1.8 billion for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), down 25 percent from its FY03 budget.


April 9, 2003
Governor proposes DCFS budget to meet new child welfare challenges
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a total fiscal year 2004 budget of $1.4 billion for the Department of Children and Family Services that includes $838 million from the General Revenue Fund. Demonstrating the governor’s commitment to the safety and well-being of the state’s most vulnerable citizens—abused and neglected children—the agency’s proposed budget mirrors its FY03 budget.


April 9, 2003
Human Services budget increases funding for child care and for persons with disabilities and substance abuse problems
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget of nearly $5 billion for the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), an $88 million increase over FY03. The governor’s proposal includes $3.6 billion in General Revenue funding, up $66 million over last year.


April 9, 2003
Natural Resources budget focuses on safety and keeping parks open
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Under Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s proposed spending plan, the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) fiscal year 2004 General Revenue Fund (GRF) budget is $103.5 million, a $31.7 million reduction in program and operating costs from the current fiscal year.


April 9, 2003
Insurance budget ensures continuation of essential services
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget of $34.4 million for the Illinois Department of Insurance. The appropriation includes no funding from the General Revenue Fund, a decrease of $278,000 from fiscal year 2003.


April 9, 2003
Financial Institutions’ budget reflects governor’s goal of deficit reduction
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget totaling $9.3 million for the Illinois Department of Financial Institutions to fund regulatory and consumer protection operations for the citizens of the state.


April 9, 2003
Fire Marshal’s budget focuses on safety and education, promotes efficiency
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced a $16.5 million fiscal year 2004 budget for the Office of the State Fire Marshal that continues to support fire safety and public education programs.


April 9, 2003
Department of Human Rights tightens belt; commits to enhancing public service
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the proposed fiscal year 2004 budget for the Illinois Department of Human Rights will be $8.7 million, down 6.6 percent from the agency’s FY03 appropriation of $9.3 million.


April 9, 2003
IDES 2004 budget reflects state streamlining
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget of $296.7 million for the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), a decrease of $303.1 million (51 percent) from FY03. The reduction reflects the transfer of federally-funded job training programs to the newly named Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).


April 9, 2003
Governor’s budget protects core services for seniors
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 General Revenue Fund (GRF) budget of $263 million for the Illinois Department on Aging, a 3.4 percent increase over the agency’s FY 03 GRF appropriation.


April 9, 2003
Corrections budget funds reopening of Sheridan Correctional Center
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – The reopening of Sheridan Correctional Center highlights Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s fiscal year 2004 budget for the Department of Corrections. The proposed budget calls for a General Revenue Fund allocation of $1.283 billion.


April 9, 2003
Labor budget reduced nearly 10 percent
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget of $6.2 million for the Department of Labor, a reduction of $674,400 or 9.8 percent from the agency’s FY03 appropriation.


April 9, 2003
Governor’s budget delivers on promise to boost education, health care and public safety spending; solves $5 billion fiscal crisis
No hike in state sales or income taxes, consumer fees
Budget cuts $1 billion in waste and inefficiency

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today unveiled a budget blueprint for next year that delivers on his promise to boost education, health care and public safety spending without any increases in the state sales or income taxes or consumer fees.


April 9, 2003
Public Aid budget fulfills governor’s commitment to protecting health care for Illinois’ families and seniors
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed fiscal year 2004 General Revenue Fund appropriations of $5.7 billion for the Department of Public Aid, an increase of $570 million over fiscal year 2003 GRF appropriations of $5.1 billion. The budget funds an expansion of drug benefits to seniors with incomes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level and expands health care coverage to children and parents.


April 9, 2003
Veterans’ Affairs budget maintains services for Illinois veterans
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today introduced a fiscal year 2004 budget of $77.5 million for the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.


April 9, 2003
Merger of the state’s emergency management agency with Nuclear Safety nets savings
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s fiscal year 2004 budget recommendations call for the consolidation of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS). Remaining true to his pledge to streamline Illinois government, the governor’s move is expected to net a savings of about $700,000 while preserving services to the public.


April 9, 2003
Governor recommends funding changes for Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich recommended a fiscal year 2004 General Revenue Fund (GRF) appropriation of $796,700 for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), a reduction of about 97 percent from the FY03 GRF authorization of $27.1 million.


April 9, 2003
New Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library included in Historic Preservation Agency budget
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich has proposed a $13.8 million fiscal year 2004 budget for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency that will allow for the opening and operation of the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.


April 9, 2003
Governor recommends $18.6 million Arts Council budget
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a Fiscal Year 2004 General Revenue budget of $17.9 million for the Illinois Arts Council (IAC), down $1.1 million from its FY03 budget of $19 million.


April 9, 2003
Illinois State Police budget calls for public safety increases, administrative decreases
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed $206.7 million in General Revenue funding for the Illinois State Police (ISP) during fiscal year 2004, up from the FY03 appropriation of $194.4 million.


April 9, 2003
Military affairs budget includes funding for military family relief fund
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 General Revenue Fund (GRF) budget of $13.1 million for the Illinois Department of Military Affairs, an 8.6 percent decrease from last year’s budget.


April 9, 2003
Governor’s budget calls for Professional Regulation to be funded entirely by license fees
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a $26 million fiscal year 2004 budget for the Department of Professional Regulation (DPR), an overall reduction of $1.7 million from the agency’s FY03 appropriation.


April 9, 2003
Governor’s budget proposes funds for bioterrorism, women’s health and HIV/AIDS in minority communities
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 budget of $319.9 million for the Illinois Department of Public Health that includes $42 million in federal funds to build a stronger state and local public health system, as well as to enhance hospitals’ preparedness capabilities, for responding to public health emergencies.


April 9, 2003
Consolidation, increased emphasis on enforcement of tax laws highlight Revenue budget
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a fiscal year 2004 General Revenue Fund budget of $144.7 million for the Illinois Department of Revenue, a decrease of $7.8 million (5.1 percent) from the FY 03 budget.


April 9, 2003
Transportation budget allows IDOT to maintain infrastacture and plan for future
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today presented a $3.8 billion fiscal year 2004 budget for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) that balances financial difficulty with economic realities.


April 4, 2003
Blagojevich announces plans for “clean coal” power plant to create jobs and burn Illinois coal
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – As the result of an aggressive effort to revive the state’s sluggish coal industry, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced plans for a $1 billion high-tech coal plant to be built in Will County on the grounds of the former Joliet Arsenal that will create hundreds of jobs and burn Illinois coal.


April 4, 2003
Statement by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Senate approval of pension financing plan
Today’s vote is a big win for the people of Illinois.


April 3, 2003
Blagojevich announces steps to expedite payments to families of Illinois National Guard members, Reservists called up for active duty
Governor’s budget will call for $5 million appropriation
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that the state is moving forward with its plans to provide financial assistance to the families of National Guard members and Reservists who have been activated for duty.

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