State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                       HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The General Assembly takes pride in  recognizing
 3    the  accomplishments  and contributions of Illinois officials
 4    and citizens; and

 5        WHEREAS,  The  General  Assembly,  as  an  august   body,
 6    exercises  discerning  judgement  in  resolutions to cite the
 7    noted achievements of a select  few  individuals,  especially
 8    when  bestowing  one of the highest methods of recognition by
 9    the State; and

10        WHEREAS, In recognition of the lasting legacies and  many
11    sacrifices that Justice Michael Bilandic and Justice Benjamin
12    Miller  have made for the citizenry of the State of Illinois,
13    the  General  Assembly  would   like   to   recognize   these
14    individuals  with  the rare honor of naming respective public
15    buildings after these former State officials; and

16        WHEREAS, Justice Michael A. Bilandic served  as  a  first
17    lieutenant  in  the  Marine  Corps during World War II in the
18    Pacific theater, was a  former  Master  in  Chancery  of  the
19    Circuit Court of Cook County and a Special Assistant Attorney
20    General,  became  a Chicago Alderman in 1969, became Mayor of
21    the City of Chicago in 1976, was elected to  Illinois'  First
22    District Appellate Court in 1984 and to a 10-year term on the
23    Illinois  Supreme  Court  in  1990,  and  was selected by his
24    fellow justices to a 3-year term  as  Chief  Justice  of  the
25    Illinois Supreme Court; and

26        WHEREAS,  Justice  Bilandic  performed extraordinarily in
27    all 3 executive,  legislative,  and  judicial  roles  in  his
28    career of public service; and he tapped his incredible talent
29    and  skill  of  statesmanship to further the interests of the
30    citizens of the State of Illinois; and he was an  active  and
31    energetic civic leader; and
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 1        WHEREAS,  Justice  Benjamin  K.  Miller  began serving as
 2    Circuit Court Judge in Illinois for the 7th Judicial  Circuit
 3    in  1976,  was the Presiding Judge in that Circuit's criminal
 4    felony division, and was in 1981 the Chief Judge of  the  7th
 5    Judicial  Circuit;  and  he was elected in 1982 to the Fourth
 6    District Appellate Court and elected to the Illinois  Supreme
 7    Court  in 1984, and was Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme
 8    Court from 1991 to 1994; and

 9        WHEREAS, Justice Miller served the judicial branch wisely
10    at all 3 levels of the Illinois court system, wrote  numerous
11    landmark  judicial  opinions,  made  noble  contributions  to
12    jurisprudence,  and  served his profession, the citizens, and
13    the State of Illinois with integrity and distinction; and

14        WHEREAS, These individuals have made vital  contributions
15    of  service  and  merit  to  the State of Illinois and to the
16    State's citizens and deserve to have their achievements noted
17    and remembered by current and future generations, as they are
18    honored by the General Assembly today; therefore, be it

21    SENATE  CONCURRING  HEREIN,  that  we  rename  the  State  of
22    Illinois Building at 160 North La Salle Street in Chicago  in
23    honor  of  Justice Michael Bilandic; and in implementing this
24    honor, we  designate  that  State  building  as  the  Justice
25    Michael  Bilandic  State  of  Illinois  Building;  and  be it
26    further

27        RESOLVED, That we rename the 4th District Appellate Court
28    Building at 201 West Monroe Street in Springfield in honor of
29    Justice Benjamin Miller; and in implementing this  honor,  we
30    designate  that court building as the Justice Benjamin Miller
31    4th District Appellate Court Building; and be it further

32        RESOLVED, That  suitable  copies  of  this  preamble  and
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 1    resolution be presented to Justice Benjamin Miller and to the
 2    family of Justice Michael Bilandic; and be it further

 3        RESOLVED,  That  suitable  copies  of  this  preamble and
 4    resolution be presented to the Director of Central Management
 5    Services, the Chief Justice of the  Illinois  Supreme  Court,
 6    and other operating authorities for the cited buildings.

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