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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, President Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man of  humble
 3    background,  worked  throughout his life serving the cause of
 4    freedom and advancing the public good, having  been  employed
 5    as   an   entertainer,  union  leader,  corporate  spokesman,
 6    Governor of California, and President of the  United  States;
 7    and

 8        WHEREAS,  Ronald Reagan served with honor and distinction
 9    for two terms as the 4Oth President of the United  States  of
10    America,  the  second of which he was victorious in 49 out of
11    the 50 states in the general election, earning the confidence
12    of three-fifths of the electorate - a record  unsurpassed  in
13    the history of American presidential elections; and

14        WHEREAS,  In  1981,  when  Ronald  Reagan was inaugurated
15    President, he inherited a disillusioned  nation  shackled  by
16    rampant inflation and high unemployment; and

17        WHEREAS,  During  Mr. Reagan's presidency, he worked in a
18    bipartisan manner to  enact  his  bold  agenda  of  restoring
19    accountability  and  common sense to Government, which led to
20    an  unprecedented  economic  expansion  and  opportunity  for
21    millions of Americans; and

22        WHEREAS, Mr. Reagan's  commitment  to  an  active  social
23    policy  agenda  for  the nation's children helped lower crime
24    and drug use in our neighborhoods; and

25        WHEREAS,  President  Reagan's  commitment  to  our  armed
26    forces contributed to the restoration of  pride  in  America,
27    her  values,  and  those  cherished  by  the  free  world and
28    prepared America's Armed Forces to win the Gulf War; and

29        WHEREAS, President  Reagan's  "vision  of  peace  through
30    strength"  led  to  the  end of the Cold War and the ultimate
31    demise of the Soviet Union, guaranteeing basic  human  rights
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 1    for millions of people; and

 2        WHEREAS,   On   February  6,  2002,  Ronald  Reagan  will
 3    celebrate his 91st birthday, thus becoming the oldest  living
 4    former President; therefore, be it

 7    we designate February 6, 2002, as  "President  Ronald  Reagan
 8    Day"  in  the  State  of  Illinois,  in  honor  of our former
 9    President; and be it further

10        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
11    presented  to President Ronald Reagan as an expression of our
12    esteem; and be it further

13        RESOLVED, That  the  Illinois  House  of  Representatives
14    congratulates  Congressman  J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the
15    House  of  Representatives,  on  his  successful  effort   to
16    establish  the  Ronald  Reagan Boyhood Home National Historic
17    Site in Dixon; and be it further

18        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
19    presented  to  Congressman J. Dennis Hastert as an expression
20    of our esteem.

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