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91st General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The death  of  former  State  Senator  James  C.
 3    Taylor  of  Chicago brings much sadness to the members of the
 4    Senate; and

 5        WHEREAS, James C. Taylor was a  born  in  Crawfordsville,
 6    Arkansas,  on  February 8, 1930; he was a high school dropout
 7    who moved to Chicago and sold T-shirts;  he  later  became  a
 8    boxer,  winning  91 out of 96 fights; he then drove a cab and
 9    later was offered a job collecting garbage at the  16th  Ward
10    Democratic Headquarters; and

11        WHEREAS,  A  veteran  of  the  Korean  conflict,  he  was
12    educated   at  the  University  of  Illinois  and  Monticello
13    College; and

14        WHEREAS,  He  rose  through  the  ranks  of  the  Chicago
15    Democratic Organization to become a  precinct  captain,  16th
16    Ward  committeeman,  and deputy general superintendent in the
17    city's Bureau of Streets and Sanitation; and

18        WHEREAS, He served in both the Senate and  the  House  of
19    Representatives from the 76th to the 83rd General Assemblies;
20    and

21        WHEREAS, In his later years, he maintained an interest in
22    the South Side neighborhood he served as a politician; and

23        WHEREAS,  His  passing will be deeply felt by his devoted
24    family and friends, especially his wife, Ella Mae;  his  son,
25    Richard;  his  daughters, Cynthia Taylor-Belle and Cassaundra
26    Lewis; his mother, Laurine; his sisters, Denoise, Deris,  and
27    Denise; and six grandchildren; therefore, be it

29    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we express  our  most
30    sincere  condolences  to  the  family  of  James C. Taylor, a
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 1    respected colleague who will be missed; and be it further

 2        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
 3    presented to his widow, Ella Mae Taylor.

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