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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to  learn  of  the  death  of Don "Duke" Monico, who recently
 4    passed away; and

 5        WHEREAS, Don Monico was born on the east side of Chicago;
 6    on November 7, 1936 he married his  wife,  Lucy;  Don  Monico
 7    served  in  the United States Army in World War II, and while
 8    serving as a medic in the infantry he ran to save  a  wounded
 9    soldier  and  was  struck  in  the  back  and arm by Japanese
10    machine gun fire; he was wounded on the South Pacific  Island
11    of Bougainville, The British Solomon Islands; and

12        WHEREAS, As a result of his injuries Don Monico spent two
13    years  in  veterans  hospitals recovering; he lost the use of
14    his left arm and hand due to the severity of his injuries and
15    was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart;  after  the
16    war he went to work for the Veterans Administration and spent
17    26  years  serving  as a personnel officer at the VA Westside
18    Hospital in Chicago; and

19        WHEREAS, For his work with  and  on  behalf  of  disabled
20    veterans,  Don  Monico was awarded numerous times, including,
21    the J.E. Fogarty Public  Personnel  Award  for  Distinguished
22    Service  in  1972; this award was presented by then-President
23    Richard Nixon and honored the federal,  state,  or  municipal
24    employee  who  did  the most in 1972 to promote the hiring of
25    the handicapped; and

26        WHEREAS, In addition he received the Handicapped  Veteran
27    of  the  Year  in  1971  presented  by  the State of Illinois
28    Governor's Committee; he received the Commander's  Award  for
29    exceptional  contributions  to  aid and assist worthy wartime
30    disabled veterans in 1992 by the Disabled American  Veterans;
31    he  received the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service
32    to the Disabled in 1966 by the Disabled American Veterans; he
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 1    received the Citation for Meritorious  Service  presented  by
 2    the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped in
 3    1973;  and  he  received  a  Commendation  for  34  years  of
 4    outstanding federal service by the Veterans Administration in
 5    1976; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Don  Monico  was  an  accomplished toastmaster,
 7    organizing  and  emceeing  numerous  events  for  civic   and
 8    community groups throughout the years; he joined his sons and
 9    family  for  an annual march in Chicago's Columbus Day Parade
10    to celebrate his Italian heritage; he organized the 10th ward
11    bocce ball tournament for 13 years, playing at his house  and
12    a  neighboring field, and joined by thousands of participants
13    and observers; and

14        WHEREAS, Don Monico is survived by his  wife,  Lucy;  his
15    sons,  Michael  (Tricia), and Tom (Linda); his grandchildren,
16    Brian,  Vanessa,  Christina,  Dan,  T.J.,  and   Laura;   his
17    sister-in-law,  Minnie  Delich;  his brothers-in-law, Raynold
18    (Bonnie) Petrocelli,  Nick  (Angie)  Petrocelli,  and  Alfred
19    (Rosemary)   Petrocelli;   and   many  cousins  and  friends;
20    therefore, be it

22    ASSEMBLY  OF  THE  STATE  OF  ILLINOIS,  that  we mourn, with
23    sadness and regret, the  death  of  Don  Monico  of  Chicago,
24    Illinois;  may all that knew him find comfort at this time of
25    loss; and be it further

26        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
27    presented to the family of Don Monico.

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