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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish to express their sincere condolences to
 4    the family and friends  of  Raymond  Fannings,  who  recently
 5    passed away; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Raymond  Fannings  was  a resident of the South
 7    Shore neighborhood of Chicago; he was a graduate  of  DuSable
 8    High  School,  where  he  developed  his lifelong interest in
 9    social issues and causes,  in  part  because  of  his  civics
10    teacher, Mary Herrick; and

11        WHEREAS,  Raymond  Fannings  became involved in the civil
12    rights movement of the 1960's, taking part in  demonstrations
13    at   the  University  of  Illinois  in  Champaign-Urbana  and
14    marching with Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr.  through  the  Gage
15    Park neighborhood; and

16        WHEREAS, Mr, Fannings served in the United States Army in
17    the  late  1950s, where he served as a counselor for soldiers
18    returning from the Korean War;  he  received  his  Bachelor's
19    degree  in  Sociology from the University of Illinois and his
20    Master's  degree  in  Social  Work  from  the  University  of
21    Chicago; and

22        WHEREAS, In 1956 Raymond Fannings began his career  as  a
23    caseworker for the Cook County Department of Public Aid; and

24        WHEREAS,  In  1979  Ray became the first African-American
25    executive director of the Chicago  Child  Care  Society,  the
26    oldest child-welfare agency in the State of Illinois, founded
27    in 1849; and

28        WHEREAS, Ray led the agency to new heights and left it in
29    excellent shape when he retired in 1997; and

30        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Fannings served on many boards, including:
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 1    the Child Care Association of Illinois, the  Black  Executive
 2    Directors  Coalition,  the  St.  Mark United Methodist Church
 3    Credit  Union,  the  Free   People's   Clinic,   the   United
 4    Way-Crusade   of  Mercy,  and  the  Avalon  Community  Tennis
 5    Association; and

 6        WHEREAS, Raymond Fannings was an avid tennis  player  who
 7    devoted  many  hours  of his retirement teaching young people
 8    the sport that he loved; and

 9        WHEREAS, The passing of Raymond Fannings will  be  deeply
10    felt  by  all  who  knew  and loved him, especially his wife,
11    Rita; his daughters, Janet Gray and Emily; his stepsons, Tres
12    and George Fielder; his sister,  Izetta  Karp;  and  his  two
13    grandchildren; therefore, be it

16    we  mourn,  along with all who knew him, the death of Raymond
17    Fannings; and be it further

18        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
19    presented to the family of Raymond Fannings and the Board and
20    staff  of  the  Chicago  Child  Care  Society, along with our
21    sincere regards.

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