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92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to recognize the accomplishments
 4    of native Illinoisans; and

 5        WHEREAS, Jerry Colangelo  was  born  and  raised  in  the
 6    "Hungry  Hill" neighborhood of Chicago Heights; as a youth he
 7    was one of the top pitchers on a team that also featured  the
 8    talents  of future New York Yankee Jim Bouton; he was also an
 9    excellent basketball player, capturing All-State  honors  and
10    leading  Bloom  Township  High  School to a 49-8 mark and two
11    appearances in the Illinois State Tournament; his outstanding
12    athletic ability led to 66  college  scholarship  offers  for
13    basketball  and  seven professional baseball contract offers;
14    he was honored with the dedication  of  the  Jerry  Colangelo
15    Gymnasium at Bloom Township High School in 1996; and

16        WHEREAS,  At  the University of Illinois, Jerry Colangelo
17    played  two  seasons  of  baseball  and   four   seasons   of
18    basketball;   he   earned   All-Big  Ten  basketball  honors,
19    averaging 15 points a game; he was  the  team  captain  as  a
20    senior  and he has been inducted into the Illinois Basketball
21    Hall of Fame; and

22        WHEREAS, Mr. Colangelo's professional  career  in  sports
23    began when he became head scout and director of merchandising
24    for  the  Chicago  Bulls in 1966; in 1968 he moved to Arizona
25    and became the general manager of the expansion Phoenix Suns,
26    making him  the  youngest  general  manager  in  professional
27    sports;  in  1987, he led a group of investors that purchased
28    the Suns and he became the team's CEO; and

29        WHEREAS,  After  earning  an  unprecedented  fourth   NBA
30    Executive  of  the  Year  award in 1993, he began negotiating
31    with Major League Baseball to  bring  an  expansion  team  to
32    Arizona  and  he  was  awarded  the franchise that became the
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 1    Arizona Diamondbacks; and

 2        WHEREAS, As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Colangelo has built the
 3    Arizona Diamondbacks into a team  that,  with  its  thrilling
 4    victory over the New York Yankees in seven games in 2001, won
 5    the  World  Series  in  only  its  fourth  year, which is the
 6    shortest time in which an expansion team  has  ever  won  the
 7    World Series; and

 8        WHEREAS, Jerry Colangelo has distinguished himself as one
 9    of  Arizona's most active community leaders; he serves either
10    as a board member, executive, or member of charitable, civic,
11    cultural, athletic, and religious organizations; and

12        WHEREAS, Although his time is always at a premium,  Jerry
13    Colangelo has found time to author the book "How You Play the
14    Game", which gives insight into the business of sports; and

15        WHEREAS,  Jerry  Colangelo  and his wife, Joan, reside in
16    Phoenix, Arizona; they are the  proud  parents  of  daughters
17    Kathy  Holcombe,  Kristen  Brubaker,  Mandie  Okyere, and son
18    Bryan Colangelo, who serves  as  the  president  and  general
19    manager  of  the  Phoenix  Suns;  they  are  also  the  proud
20    grandparents of nine grandchildren; therefore, be it

23    we congratulate Jerry Colangelo on  his  lifelong  record  of
24    achievement  in both Illinois and Arizona and we wish him and
25    his family continued success and happiness in the future; and
26    be it further

27        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
28    presented to Jerry Colangelo as an expression of our esteem.

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