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 1                       HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, In the year 1986, the Governor's  Rural  Affairs
 3    Council  was  established by Governor James R. Thompson under
 4    the pro-active leadership of then Lieutenant Governor  George
 5    Ryan; and

 6        WHEREAS, In the year 1990, then Lieutenant Governor Ryan,
 7    chair  of the Council, recognized the importance of improving
 8    the quality of life of rural residents and the importance  of
 9    providing a collective voice for rural Illinois; and

10        WHEREAS,   In  the  year  2000,  Governor  George  Ryan's
11    Executive Order No. 1 directed  Lieutenant  Governor  Corinne
12    Wood,  chair  of  the  Council,  to  develop  and implement a
13    comprehensive strategy for improving the  delivery  of  State
14    services   to  rural  Illinois  with  the  aim  of  expanding
15    opportunities for  rural  businesses  and  families  and  for
16    improving the quality of life of rural residents; and

17        WHEREAS,  Lieutenant  Governor  Wood  hosted  a series of
18    statewide Rural Leadership  Forums  to  hear  firsthand  from
19    local  leaders  the challenges and opportunities facing rural
20    businesses and rural families; and

21        WHEREAS, The testimony provided at the  Rural  Leadership
22    Forums  was  compiled,  in partnership with the Institute for
23    Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University, to develop  the
24    annual  report  to  the  Governor  and  the  General Assembly
25    entitled  "Rural  Illinois:  Charting  a  Course  for  a  New
26    Millennium"; and

27        WHEREAS, The report provides a foundation for coordinated
28    actions and public-private partnerships  to  encourage  rural
29    growth and prosperity; and

30        WHEREAS,  The  Governor's  Rural Affairs Council has been
31    revitalized and serves as  a  statewide  partner  with  State
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 1    agencies  and private organizations in lending support to the
 2    local leaders of rural communities; and

 3        WHEREAS, Lieutenant  Governor  Wood  has  encouraged  the
 4    General  Assembly  and the Governor to continue to strengthen
 5    the rural economy, provide services to  rural  Illinois,  and
 6    improve the quality of life of rural residents; therefore, be
 7    it

10    that we urge Governor Ryan to work with the General  Assembly
11    to  implement  the  recommendations  in  the Governor's Rural
12    Affairs Council's report "Rural Illinois: Charting  a  Course
13    for a New Millennium"; and be it further

14        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
15    delivered to the Governor.

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