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92_HJ0001ham001 LRB9203405KBkbam 1 AMENDMENT TO HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1 2 AMENDMENT NO. . Amend House Joint Resolution 1 by 3 replacing everything after line 1 on page 1 with the 4 following: 5 "WHEREAS, Throughout history brave Americans have shed 6 their blood during wars and conflicts to preserve, protect, 7 and defend the foundation of the principles of democracy and 8 freedom, and hundreds of thousands have paid the ultimate 9 sacrifice to ensure that future generations enjoy life's 10 liberties; and 11 WHEREAS, On August 7, 1782, General George Washington 12 established the Military Badge of Merit, which on February 13 22, 1932, became the present and now the oldest military 14 decoration in the world, the Purple Heart medal; and 15 WHEREAS, The Purple Heart medal is awarded to all 16 military personnel who are killed or wounded in action 17 against the enemy; and 18 WHEREAS, It is the intent of the Illinois General 19 Assembly, representing the people of the Great State of 20 Illinois, to officially designate those portions of the 21 original location of the Historic Lincoln Highway, commonly 22 following portions of US Route 30, Illinois Route 38, and -2- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 various other routes now under local jurisdiction; and 2 WHEREAS, This route is considered by many to be historic 3 in the fact that in 1912, there was a vision with an 4 absolutely radical idea that there should be a paved highway 5 across this country from New York's Times Square to Lincoln 6 Park on the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco as noted by the 7 formal September 6, 1912 charter that read: "Resolved that 8 the Lincoln Highway now is, and henceforth shall be an 9 existing memorial to the immortal Abraham Lincoln"; and 10 WHEREAS, In 1919, Lt. Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower 11 accompanied a convoy from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, 12 thereby forming an image in the future President's mind of a 13 system of cross continental highways that eventually led to 14 the concept of our National Defense Highway System, commonly 15 referred to as the Interstate Highway System; and 16 WHEREAS, There are sections of the Lincoln Highway in 17 Illinois extending from the Illinois-Indiana border near 18 Lynwood, Sauk Village, and Ford Heights to the Mississippi 19 River at Fulton, Illinois; and 20 WHEREAS, E.J. "Zeke" Giorgi was first elected to the 21 House of Representatives in 1964, and he served in that 22 position until his passing in 1993; and 23 WHEREAS, From his first term through his service as 24 "Dean of the House", Zeke Giorgi served the people of this 25 State with great distinction, and he is remembered by his 26 colleagues on both sides of the aisle for providing 27 invaluable guidance and leadership on many important issues; 28 and 29 WHEREAS, During all the years that Zeke Giorgi served in 30 the House, he drove between Springfield and his Rockford 31 legislative district on U.S. Highway 51 and was a strong -3- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 advocate for Route 51 improvements, which were completed in 2 several stages; and 3 WHEREAS, Following the completion of improvements to U.S. 4 Route 51, the highway was designated as Interstate Highway 5 39; and 6 WHEREAS, Interstate Highway 39 provides an essential 7 transportation corridor between Rockford and Bloomington and 8 other parts of Central Illinois; and 9 WHEREAS, We wish to permanently commemorate Zeke 10 Giorgi's essential role in creating this critically needed 11 highway and his abiding impact on the lives of the people of 12 Illinois; and 13 WHEREAS, The members of the General Assembly wish to 14 honor legendary Chicago Bear Walter Payton, who recently 15 passed away, by naming U.S. Route 34 the Walter Payton 16 Memorial Highway; and 17 WHEREAS, U.S. Route 34 starts in the City of Chicago and 18 runs west across the State of Illinois, through such cities 19 as Lyons, Brookfield, LaGrange, Western Springs, Hindsdale, 20 Westmont, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, Aurora, Oswego, 21 Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, Mendota, Princeton, Wyanet, 22 Kewanee, Galva, and Galesburg; and 23 WHEREAS, Walter Payton was a 1st round draft pick for the 24 Chicago Bears in 1975; the young college football star from 25 Jackson State would go on to set 8 NFL records and 28 Bears 26 team records in his 13 seasons with the team; and 27 WHEREAS, Known as "Sweetness" for his running style, 28 Walter Payton was selected to play in the Pro Bowl 9 times, 29 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993; 30 he was a part of the spectacular 1985 Bears season, which 31 ended with a Super Bowl victory; and -4- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 WHEREAS, Many of Walter Payton's records include: a 2 record 16,726 yards rushing in his career; he had 110 rushing 3 touchdowns in his career, and 77 100-yard rushing games; in a 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings in 1977 he had a record 5 275 rushing yards; he played 10 seasons with 1,000 or more 6 rushing yards; he made 3,838 rushing attempts; he had 4 7 consecutive seasons leading the NFL in rushing attempts; his 8 career combined net yards totaled 21,803, and his combined 9 net attempts in his career totaled 4,368; and 10 WHEREAS, On October 7, 1984 Walter Payton passed Jim 11 Brown's rushing record of 12,312 yards, setting up a 12 celebration in Soldier Field by his teammates and the fans in 13 attendance; and 14 WHEREAS, Walter Payton retired from the Chicago Bears in 15 1987, and the Chicago Bears honored him by retiring his 16 jersey number, 34; on November 1, 1999, Walter Payton passed 17 away after a battle with cancer and liver disease; he is 18 survived by his wife, Connie; his son, Jarrett; and his 19 daughter, Brittney; and 20 WHEREAS, The State of Illinois is proud to remember 21 people, places, things, or events that have been a major 22 influence on the State of Illinois; and 23 WHEREAS, One way the State of Illinois can bestow such an 24 honor is by renaming a major highway, interstate, or traffic 25 route; and 26 WHEREAS, The National Road was the nation's first 27 interstate highway, conceived by Thomas Jefferson and Albert 28 Gallatin, beginning in Cumberland, Maryland in 1811, and 29 ending in Illinois in 1833; and 30 WHEREAS, This road was the means of travel of our hardy 31 pioneer forefathers; and -5- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 WHEREAS, This road was rebuilt in the 1920's as U.S. 2 Route 40, beginning at the State line shared with Indiana, 3 running through such communities as Marshal, Martinsville, 4 Casey, Greenup, Jewett, Montrose, Teutopolis, Effingham, 5 Altamont, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Bluff City, Vandalia, 6 Mulberry Grove, Greenville, Pocahontas, Highland, St. Jacob, 7 Troy, Collinsville, and ending in East St. Louis at the 8 historic Eads Bridge and the Gateway to the West; and 9 WHEREAS, Thomas William Davenport was a licensed civil 10 engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation; on 11 April 16, 1992, he was killed by a drunk driver north of his 12 home in Chatham, Illinois; and 13 WHEREAS, Thomas Davenport was a son, brother, husband, 14 and a father; and 15 WHEREAS, Thomas Davenport, working with the Illinois 16 Department of Transportation, assisted with the building of 17 the bridge on South Chatham Road that crosses Interstate 72 18 and Illinois Route 36; and 19 WHEREAS, The bridge is located on South Chatham Road in 20 Springfield, Illinois, and is used as an overpass for 21 Interstate 72 and Illinois Route 36; and 22 WHEREAS, Justice Thurgood Marshall first brought his 23 cause to the courts as a private citizen and traveled 24 throughout the United States demanding that the legal system 25 uphold rights that the political system would not enforce; 26 and 27 WHEREAS, Justice Marshall constructed the legal arguments 28 which ended segregation in 1954, so that equality in America 29 truly could mean "getting the same thing, at the same time 30 and in the same place"; and 31 WHEREAS, Justice Marshall, as the chief legal officer of -6- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored 2 People for more than 20 years, organized and implemented the 3 nation's first program of systematic public interest 4 litigation; and 5 WHEREAS, Justice Marshall ably served the public for over 6 three decades, as a judge on the United States Second Circuit 7 Court of Appeals, as Solicitor General of the United States, 8 and finally as the first African-American Justice of the 9 United States Supreme Court; and 10 WHEREAS, Justice Marshall remained true to the 11 Constitution in his crusade for equal educational and 12 employment opportunities, for First Amendment and 13 reproductive freedoms, and for preservation of the rights of 14 the accused and the convicted; and 15 WHEREAS, Justice Marshall's life-long support for the 16 rights of the disenfranchised, the underprivileged, and the 17 powerless served as a constant reminder that this country was 18 founded upon the promise of equality - a promise which for 19 many has not yet been fulfilled; and 20 WHEREAS, Justice Marshall's contributions to the American 21 justice system will have an enduring impact on American 22 society and warrant a permanent public tribute; and 23 WHEREAS, Interstate 57, from Cairo to Chicago, links all 24 ethnic groups and economic strata of the State, passes 25 through notable sites in the State's struggle to ensure civil 26 rights, and is an appropriate public improvement to bear the 27 name of Justice Marshall; and 28 WHEREAS, The members of the House were saddened to learn 29 of the death last year of Mayor Kenneth P. Hayes of Bradley; 30 and 31 WHEREAS, He was elected mayor in 1981 and was re-elected -7- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 in 1985, 1989, 1993, and 1997; and 2 WHEREAS, Under Mayor Hayes' strong leadership, the 3 Village of Bradley experienced unprecedented commercial and 4 retail growth, amounting to large increases in sales tax 5 revenue to Bradley; and 6 WHEREAS, Much of the commercial growth and development 7 that Mayor Hayes worked for occurred along Illinois Route 50; 8 therefore, be it 9 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 10 NINETY-FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE 11 SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that Interstate 72, traversing 12 through the heart of Illinois, be designated as the 13 commemorative "Purple Heart Memorial Highway", to pay tribute 14 to the many thousands of Illinois residents who have been 15 awarded the Purple Heart medal; and be it further 16 RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Transportation 17 is requested to erect at suitable locations, consistent with 18 State and federal regulations, an appropriate plaque or signs 19 giving notice to the Purple Heart Memorial Highway; and be it 20 further 21 RESOLVED, That the portion of Interstate Route 74 that 22 begins with the intersection of Interstate Route 74 with 23 Interstate Route 57 and ends with the intersection of 24 Interstate Route 74 with U.S. Route 45 is designated as the 25 Veterans Memorial Parkway; and be it further 26 RESOLVED, That the Department of Transportation is 27 requested to erect appropriate plaques along this route in 28 recognition of the Veterans Memorial Parkway; and be it 29 further 30 RESOLVED, That the following route from the 31 Illinois-Indiana border to the Mississippi River be -8- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 designated the Historic Lincoln Highway: 2 Beginning at Dyer, Indiana, on US 30 to East Sauk Trail, 3 west of the Illinois - Indiana state line. The original 4 roadway the Village of Sauk to South Chicago Heights at 5 the intersection of IL Route I or the Dixie Highway. The 6 Lincoln Highway then traverses along the Dixie Highway to 7 Chicago Heights at its intersection with US 30. The route 8 followed US 30 to West Haven Road, east of New Lenox. At 9 this point, the route followed West Haven Road to North 10 Cedar Road, west of New Lenox, then north on North Cedar 11 Road to US 30. The route proceeds west on US 30 through 12 Joliet, Plainfield to Rance Road near the Kendall - Will 13 County Line. The route follows Rance Road to Harvey Road 14 back to US 30 just south of US 34. The route remains then 15 on US 30 to the US 30 bypass road, or Ohio Street, to 16 east Benton Street in Aurora. The Lincoln Highway follows 17 East Benton Street in Aurora to South LaSalle Street, 18 north to West Downer Street, to its intersection with IL 19 31 on the west side of Fox River. The Lincoln Highway 20 then follows IL 31 through north Aurora, Batavia, to IL 21 38 in Geneva. The Lincoln Highway follows IL 38 in Geneva 22 to Kaneville Road in Geneva, to Keslinger Road, west of 23 Geneva. The roadway follows Keslinger Road (County 24 Highway 41) to Schrader Road, southeast of Maple Park. 25 The Lincoln Highway traverses on Schrader Road to IL 38, 26 just southeast of Maple Park. Lincoln Highway then 27 follows IL 38 to DeKalb, Malta, East Street, the Lincoln 28 Highway turns south and follows East Street to Cederholm 29 to Main Street, south to North Street, west to Southwest 30 Street, north to South Beck, back to IL 38. The road then 31 follows IL 38 to Lincoln Street in Rochelle. The road 32 follows Lincoln Street to Lincoln Avenue (IL 38) in 33 Rochelle. The route proceeds west on IL 38 to Ashton at 34 its intersection with Brown Street, south on Brown Street -9- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 in Ashton to Main Street, west on Main Street, to South 2 Richardson Road, south on South Richardson Road to Track 3 Road, Track Road back to IL 38 west of Ashton. The route 4 then follows IL 38 to South Elm Street in Franklin Grove, 5 south on South Elm Street to West Lahman, west on Lahman 6 to Franklin Road, south on Franklin Road to Gap Road, 7 back to IL 38, west on IL 38 through Dixon to its 8 intersection with US 52, north on US 52 (Galena Avenue) 9 to Everett Street (IL 2), west on IL 2 to Palmyra Road at 10 the west edge of Dixon. The Lincoln Highway then follows 11 Palmyra Road through Gap Grove, Prairieville, back to IL 12 2 just west of Whiteside - Lee County Line. The Lincoln 13 Highway follows IL 2 through Sterling on East 4th Street 14 to 10th Avenue, at 10th Avenue the Lincoln Highway goes 15 south to East 3rd Street then Second Avenue. The route 16 goes north on Second Avenue to 4th Street, then Lincoln 17 Highway follows 4th Street in Sterling westerly to its 18 intersection with Emerson Road. At Emerson the Lincoln 19 Highway traverses through Emerson back to US 30 just west 20 of Agnew. The Lincoln Highway then follows US 30 through 21 Morrison to its intersection with IL 136, just east of 22 Fulton. At Fulton the Lincoln Highway follows IL 136 to 23 the 16th Avenue intersection with IL 136. Lincoln Highway 24 follows 16th Avenue to its intersection with 15th Avenue, 25 and the route follows 15th Avenue to its intersection 26 with 4th Street, north on 4th Street to 10th Avenue west 27 on 10th Avenue to Second Street, north on Second Street 28 to its intersection with 9th Avenue, to the crossing of 29 the Mississippi River on the Lyons - Fulton Bridge to 30 Iowa; and be it further 31 RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Transportation 32 and local agencies in their respective jurisdictions along 33 the Historic Lincoln Highway be requested to erect 34 appropriate signs marking the route, consistent with State -10- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 and federal regulations; and be it further 2 RESOLVED, That the portion of Interstate Highway 39 3 commencing at its point of origin in Winnebago County and 4 ending with its intersection with Interstate Route 88 be 5 designated the E.J. "Zeke" Giorgi Highway; and be it further 6 RESOLVED, That the Department of Transportation is 7 requested to erect appropriate plaques or signs giving notice 8 to the E.J. "Zeke" Giorgi Highway; and be it further 9 RESOLVED, That we wish to memorialize Chicago Bear great 10 Walter Payton by naming U.S. Route 34 the Walter Payton 11 Memorial Highway in tribute to this great athlete; and be it 12 further 13 RESOLVED, That the Department of Transportation is 14 requested to erect appropriate plaques or signs giving notice 15 to the Walter Payton Memorial Highway; and be it further 16 RESOLVED, That U.S. Route 40 be renamed the Historic 17 National Road; and be it further 18 RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Transportation 19 be requested to erect, at suitable locations consistent with 20 State and federal regulations, appropriate plaques, signs, or 21 markers giving notice to the Historic National Road; and be 22 it further 23 RESOLVED, That we urge the bridge on South Chatham Road, 24 spanning Interstate 72 and Illinois Route 36, be named the 25 Thomas William Davenport Memorial Bridge; and be it further 26 RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Transportation 27 be requested to erect, at a suitable location consistent with 28 State and federal regulations, an appropriate plaque or signs 29 giving notice of the name; and be it further 30 RESOLVED, That the part of Interstate Route 57 of the -11- LRB9203405KBkbam 1 National System of Interstate and Defense Highways which is 2 within the State of Illinois is designated as the Thurgood 3 Marshall Memorial Freeway; and be it further 4 RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Transportation 5 erect appropriate signs, markers, or plaques along the 6 highway in recognition of this designation; and be it further 7 RESOLVED, That the portion of Illinois Route 50 from 8 North Street to Larry Power Road in Bradley is designated the 9 Kenneth P. Hayes Memorial Highway; and be it further 10 RESOLVED, That the Department of Transportation is 11 directed to erect appropriate signage along this route in 12 recognition of this designation; and be it further 13 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be 14 presented to: the Secretary of the U.S. Department of 15 Transportation; the Secretary of the Illinois Department of 16 Transportation; the family of E.J. "Zeke" Giorgi; the family 17 of Walter Payton; the family of Thomas William Davenport; 18 Mrs. Rose Hayes, the widow of Mayor Kenneth P. Hayes; and the 19 Village of Bradley.".
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