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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Senate were saddened to learn
 3    of the death of Edward T. Hanley of  Wadsworth,  one  of  the
 4    country's  most influential labor leaders, on January 7, 2000
 5    in a car accident; and

 6        WHEREAS, Mr. Hanley, the son of a tavern owner, was  born
 7    on  Chicago's  West  Side;  he rose quickly from bartender to
 8    young union leader, playing a key role in  national  politics
 9    and  the  labor  movement; he was one of the few to remain at
10    the helm through labor's struggles in the  1980s  and  1990s;
11    and

12        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Hanley  served as president of the 250,000
13    member Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International
14    Union for more than twenty-five years; and

15        WHEREAS, Mr. Hanley is credited as one of the first union
16    leaders with the foresight to establish an organizing program
17    that helped win battles for workers and kept the union afloat
18    during difficult times; and

19        WHEREAS, His passing will be deeply felt  by  his  family
20    and  friends,  especially his wife, Kathryn; his sons, Edward
21    T., Jr. and Thomas W.; his  sisters,  Delores  Calabrese  and
22    June Hansen; and his four grandchildren; therefore, be it

24    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we note  with  sorrow
25    and  regret the death of Edward T. Hanley, Sr. and extend our
26    sincere condolences to his family  and  friends;  and  be  it
27    further

28        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
29    presented to his widow, Kathryn Hanley.

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