State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, After graduating from Loras College in  Dubuque,
 3    Iowa,  David  M.  Peterson  of  Skokie,  Illinois  began  his
 4    teaching  career at LeMoyne Upper Grade Center in the Chicago
 5    Public School system in 1965; and

 6        WHEREAS, David Peterson joined the staff of  the  Chicago
 7    Teachers  Union in 1972 as a field representative and went on
 8    to become its lobbyist and the Assistant to the President for
 9    Legislation and Technical Projects in  1975,  a  position  he
10    held for 26 years; and

11        WHEREAS, David Peterson married Pamelyn Massarsky in 1986
12    and  is  the  father  of  Kristen, Andrew, Gretchen, and Eric
13    Peterson, and the grandfather of Taylor and  David  Peterson;
14    and

15        WHEREAS,  David  Peterson has held a multitude of elected
16    and appointed positions in the Chicago Teachers Union and the
17    Illinois  Federation  of  Teachers,  including   area   vice-
18    president,  executive  board  member,  IFT vice-president and
19    convention delegate at numerous conventions of  the  Illinois
20    Federation   of  Teachers  and  the  American  Federation  of
21    Teachers; and

22        WHEREAS,  David  Peterson  has  served  as  the   Chicago
23    Teachers Union's chief lobbyist since 1975 and played a major
24    role  in  improving  public  education  and  the professional
25    livelihood of Chicago Teachers  Union  members  during  those
26    years,  including the passage of collective bargaining rights
27    for  teachers   and   paraprofessionals,   numerous   pension
28    improvements, and several major funding initiatives including
29    the creation of the School Finance Authority which dealt with
30    the  severe funding crisis of Chicago Public Schools in 1979;
31    and
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 1        WHEREAS, There are few people known  for  their  personal
 2    and  professional  generosity more than David M. Peterson, as
 3    witnessed by  many  legislators,  lobbyists  and  Springfield
 4    restaurateurs over the course of his career; and

 5        WHEREAS, David Peterson retired from the Chicago Teachers
 6    Union on June 30, 2001, after a total of 29 years of service;
 7    and

 8        WHEREAS,   The  many  friends  and  colleagues  of  David
 9    Peterson will  miss  his  friendship,  support,  and  regular
10    presence in the Capital City greatly; therefore, be it

13    we congratulate David M.  Peterson  for  his  many  years  of
14    service  with  the  Chicago  Teachers  Union,  appreciate the
15    dedication  to  public  education  and   his   members   that
16    exemplified  his  career,  and  wish  him  the long and happy
17    retirement that he richly deserves; and be it further

18        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
19    presented to David M. Peterson.

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