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