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Full Text of HB4811  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Findings. The General Assembly finds and
5declares the following:
6        (1) Irish individuals first came to Illinois in the
7    late 18th Century in search of liberty and new
8    opportunities.
9        (2) From farming to industrial work in cities, the
10    contributions of Irish in Illinois have been enormous.
11        (3) Cook County is the largest Irish county in the
12    United States and the State of Illinois is home to over
13    1,000,000 individuals with Irish ancestry.
14        (4) Due to the large number of Irish-Americans in
15    Illinois, Chicago is home to one of the largest St.
16    Patrick's Day celebrations and celebrations of Irish
17    heritage in the United States.
18        (5) Therefore, given the contributions of
19    Irish-Americans to both the United States and the State of
20    Illinois, the General Assembly declares that April 18 of
21    each year shall be known as Republic of Ireland Day.
22    Section 5. The State Commemorative Dates Act is amended by
23adding Section 9 as follows:



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1    (5 ILCS 490/9 new)
2    Sec. 9. Republic of Ireland Day. April 18 of each year is
3designated as Republic of Ireland Day to be observed
4throughout the State as a day in recognition of the
5anniversary of April 18, 1949, the day in which the Republic of
6Ireland officially declared itself independent from Great
7Britain, in recognition of the Republic of Ireland and its
8people, and in recognition of the many Illinoisans of Irish
9descent who have made a lasting impact upon our State. Each
10year, within 10 days before Republic of Ireland Day, the
11Governor shall issue a proclamation announcing the recognition
12of Republic of Ireland Day, and designate the official events
13that shall be held in honor of Republic of Ireland Day and the
14contributions of Illinoisans of Irish descent.
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.