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2003


May 25, 2003
Blagojevich signs legislation banning sale of ephedra
Landmark law is only one in the nation
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation that makes Illinois the only state in the nation to ban the sale of ephedra -- the controversial herbal weight-loss, bodybuilding and athletic enhancing supplement that has been linked to more than 100 deaths and 18,000 other medical problems – and he called on other states to follow suit.


May 25, 2003
Blagojevich fills two top administration posts
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today appointed Col. Randal E. Thomas as Adjutant General and director of Military Affairs, and marketing veteran Carolyn Adams as the new superintendent of the Illinois Lottery.


May 21, 2003
Three additional counties hit by severe storms designated federal disaster areas
Blagojevich’s request for assistance granted by President Bush
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that President George W. Bush has granted his request to add Greene, McDonough and Pike counties to a list of Illinois counties hit by recent storms that are eligible for federal disaster assistance.


May 20, 2003
Governor announces unemployment aid for storm victims
Workers in 12 hard-hit counties eligible for assistance
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. -­­ Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that residents of 12 western and southern Illinois counties who became unemployed due to recent storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).


May 18, 2003
Blagojevich opens access to higher education for immigrant students
Governor signs in-state tuition bill
CHICAGO – In front of a packed auditorium at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today signed into law legislation giving undocumented immigrant students in Illinois the right to pay in-state tuition rates at state universities and community colleges.


May 16, 2003
President Bush grants governor’s request for federal disaster assistance for counties hit by tornadoes
Twelve Illinois counties declared federal disaster areas
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that President George W. Bush has granted his request for federal disaster assistance in 12 Illinois counties that were hit by recent tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding.


May 14, 2003
Governor calls for ban on sale of dietary supplement ephedra
Encourages the passage of “Ephedra Prohibition Act” by State Legislature
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced his support for a total ban on products containing the dietary supplement ephedra.


May 14, 2003
Blagojevich urges Senate to approve leaner, more efficient government
Streamlining and waste-cutting executive orders up for approval in Senate committee
SPRINGFIELD – As the Senate Executive Committee meets to vote on four of his executive orders, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today called on lawmakers to work with his administration to streamline state government.


May 12, 2003
Governor declares state of disaster for 14 central and southern counties hit by tornadoes
State commits resources and provides assistance to counties responding to the disaster; State will apply for federal assistance
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today declared 14 central and southern Illinois counties state disaster areas based on damages resulting from the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that battered the state over the past several days.


May 11, 2003
Governor gives women another reason to celebrate on Mother’s Day, signs Equal Pay bill into law
State Dept. of Labor statistics show women’s paychecks still lag behind men’s
CHICAGO – Surrounded by his wife and two daughters, legislators, and women’s advocates, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich honored Mother’s Day by signing into law the Illinois Equal Pay Act.


May 8, 2003
Blagojevich Budget to Increase School District Funding by $207 Million
Without Governor’s Increase in K-12 Education, Illinois Public Schools Would Lose $77 Million in FY04
CHICAGO – Governor Rod Blagojevich today stood with education leaders to call on the Illinois General Assembly to pass his K-12 education funding plan, which would boost funding to school districts by $207 million statewide, increase both Early Childhood Education dollars and the foundation levels in General State Aid (GSA), and hold any school district harmless that stands to lose dollars in FY 04.


May 7, 2003
Blagojevich Announces Plan To Lure Film Industry Back to Illinois.
Governor announces incentives for Illinois film productions, creates task force to protect and improve visual media infrastructure.
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced his plan to help rebuild Illinois’ faltering film industry.


May 5, 2003
Blagojevich unveils $7.4 billion, five-year road program
COLLINSVILLE, ILL. -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today unveiled a $7.4 billion five-year road program that includes $1.7 billion for next fiscal year to repair and rehabilitate the existing network of roads and bridges, relieve congestion and fund new construction.


May 2, 2003
Blagojevich names new head of Banks and Real Estate
Padron becomes first Latino appointed to top spot
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today appointed D. Lorenzo Padron, chairman of Chicago’s Latin American Chamber of Commerce, as commissioner of the Office of Banks and Real Estate. Padron is the first Latino name to head the agency, which is responsible for educating consumers and protecting their rights in real estate and banking transactions.


May 1, 2003
Blagojevich names Macon County Sheriff to head the Department of Corrections
First African-American sheriff in Illinois
DECATUR, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today named Macon County Sheriff Roger E. Walker Jr., the first elected African-American sheriff in Illinois, to be director of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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