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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Michael
4Edward Banks, Sr. of Chicago, who passed away on August 25,
52015; and
6    WHEREAS, Michael Banks, Sr. was born in Chicago on June 4,
71945 to Edward Caldwell and Pauline Pruitt Banks; he graduated
82 years early from Harlan High School, where he received
9accolades and awards in basketball and track and set a Chicago
10city record in the long jump, a record that remained untouched
11for decades; he attended Bradley University on an athletic
12scholarship, where he joined the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Alpha
13Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; he graduated with a Bachelor of
14Science in Business and Education; while a student at Bradley
15University, he led a group of students on a march down Main
16Street to call attention to discrimination in housing; he
17married Stephanie Jones Banks; he later married Joyce King
18Banks; and
19    WHEREAS, Michael Banks, Sr. joined the professional staff
20of Bradley University; during his tenure there, he served in
21several capacities, including being responsible for the men's
22residence halls, fraternity affairs, and minority student
23affairs; he served as Assistant Dean of Men and Assistant to



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1the Dean of Students; he was founder of the Black Studies and
2Cultural Arts Center; he founded Music with A Message, Peoria's
3first minority news and information and entertainment radio
4broadcast (1968-1993); and
5    WHEREAS, Michael Banks, Sr. traveled extensively on the
6African Continent as a fundraiser for African Independence
7Groups associated with Nelson Mandela; he served as Executive
8Director of Peoria's Citizen's Committee for Economic
9Opportunity, Inc., a position he held for nearly 20 years;
10under his leadership, the following programs were initiated:
11Webster Head Start, day care services, kindergarten, before and
12after school latch-key programming, alcohol rehabilitation
13services, a Senior Drop In Center, neighborhood outreach
14centers, information and referral services, radio and
15television programming, weatherization and housing
16rehabilitation services, and a food service operation; he
17initiated Community Economic Development projects for PCCEO,
18Inc. and formed the Peoria Economic Development Association, a
19local SBA development Corporation; during his tenure as
20Executive Director of PCCEO, Inc., he also started a 40 acre
21farm co-op that once served 100 families; and
22    WHEREAS, Michael Banks, Sr. served as President at the
23National Center for Community Action and as President of the
24Illinois Community Action Association; he was recognized by his



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1peers for his strong leadership skills and effective management
2style; he played an integral role in establishing the first
3black owned and operated radio station in Peoria, WBGE 92.3FM;
4he served as general manager of B&G Broadcasting until 2000;
6    WHEREAS, Michael Banks, Sr. relocated to Chicago, his home
7town, in 2001; he founded and served as President/CEO of MEBA
8LLC., a consultant firm for non-profit organizations; he served
9as a consultant to the Community and Economic Development
10Association of Cook County, Inc.'s planning department until
11his retirement in 2012; he started an Internet radio broadcast,
12"Mr. B's Showcase", once again using the theme Music with a
13Message; and
14    WHEREAS, Michael Banks, Sr. married Noel Stewart Banks on
15April 19, 2013; and
16    WHEREAS, Michael Banks, Sr. was preceded in death by his
17parents; and
18    WHEREAS, Michael Banks, Sr. is survived by his wife, Noel;
19his son, Michael Banks, Jr.; his daughter, Ebony Banks (Emorej)
20Henderson and a precious grandson, Elisha A. Henderson; his
21brother, Phillip Banks; his 3 sisters, Rita Jackson, Patricia
22Hodges, and Lori Jackson; his uncle, Wilfred (Betty) Banks; and



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1a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews,
2loving cousins, and very special friends; therefore, be it
5mourn the passing of Michael Edward Banks, Sr., and extend our
6sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew
7and loved him; and be it further
8    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
9presented to the family of Michael Banks, Sr. as an expression
10of our deepest sympathy.