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Full Text of SR0293  103rd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Niolis Collazo, who passed away on May
46, 2023; and
5    WHEREAS, Niolis Collazo was born to Orlando Collazo and
6Nitza Rivera in San Turce, Puerto Rico on December 17, 1999; as
7a child, she moved to Illinois with her mother and younger
8siblings; as a student, she excelled academically, served as a
9vocalist in her school and church choirs, and was regarded as a
10volleyball phenomenon and a strong debate team member; she
11graduated from Waukegan High School in 2018, and she earned
12her bachelor's degree in social work from the University of
13Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2022; and
14    WHEREAS, After earning her degree, Niolis Collazo served
15as a counselor and mentor for Youth Guidance's Working on
16Womanhood (WOW) program at Edith M. Smith Middle School within
17Waukegan Community Unit School District 60; she also coached
18the freshman boys volleyball team at Waukegan High School;
19during her tenure, albeit brief, she made an indelible mark on
20students, student athletes, and staff alike; and
21    WHEREAS, Niolis Collazo was an amazing daughter, sister,
22niece, friend, coach, counselor, and confidant who possessed a



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1contagious smile and a kind, sweet soul; and
2    WHEREAS, Niolis Collazo was known for her activism,
3advocacy, and empathy, and she will be remembered as a bright,
4shining light who illuminated the world of those who knew and
5loved her; and
6    WHEREAS, Niolis Collazo is survived by her father; her
7mother; her stepfather, Terry Joiner; her siblings, Joseph
8Acosta, Mia Carani, Edier Collazo, and Yadier Collazo; her
9stepsiblings, Lexy, Bradlee, Imani, Zackary, and Jacob Joiner;
10her nephews, Jayden and Devin Parikh; and a host of family
11members, friends, colleagues, and students; therefore, be it
13ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
14Niolis Collazo and extend our sincere condolences to her
15family, friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it
17    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
18presented to the family of Niolis Collazo as an expression of
19our deepest sympathy.