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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are saddened to learn of the death Stuart R.
 4    Paddock Jr. of Rolling Meadows, who  passed  away  April  15,
 5    2002; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Paddock was the president and publisher of
 7    the Daily Herald Newspaper since 1968, and publisher emeritus
 8    since 1998; he transformed the Daily Herald from a  group  of
 9    small-town   weeklies  into  one  of  the  largest  and  most
10    successful suburban  newspapers  in  America,  with  a  daily
11    circulation  of  148,856  papers, 77th largest in the country
12    and third-largest in Illinois; and

13        WHEREAS, Stuart Paddock Jr. was born September 19,  1915,
14    in  Palatine; he began working for the family paper, then run
15    by his grandfather, Hosea C. Paddock, as a "printer's devil,"
16    working in the re-melt room; his job was to pour molten metal
17    into molds, which were used in the linotype machines; and

18        WHEREAS, Mr.  Paddock  graduated  from  Knox  College  in
19    Galesburg  in  1937 with a liberal arts degree and a major in
20    economics; after hitchhiking toward California,  he  returned
21    to  Illinois and worked as assistant editor at the newspaper;
22    and

23        WHEREAS, Mr. Paddock  was  called  into  service  shortly
24    after  Pearl  Harbor  and  entered  as  a  second lieutenant,
25    serving as a company commander in a tank destroyer  battalion
26    with General Patton's Third Army in Europe; he was discharged
27    as  a  captain  in  1946  and  is  remembered as being a fine
28    officer and a real gentleman; and

29        WHEREAS, Mr. Paddock returned to the paper after his tour
30    of duty and concentrated his efforts in  production  and  the
31    company's commercial printing business; and
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 1        WHEREAS, Mr. Paddock became a vice president and director
 2    of  Paddock Publications in 1948; in 1968, after the death of
 3    his  father,  Stuart  R.  Paddock  Sr.,  Mr.  Paddock  became
 4    president and publisher; he worked closely with his  brother,
 5    the  late  Robert  Y.  Paddock,  and  sister, the late Margie
 6    Flanders, to build the paper up to its  current  status;  Mr.
 7    Paddock  was  named  chairman of Paddock Publications in 1986
 8    and  became  publisher  emeritus  in  1998;  he  would   have
 9    celebrated  his  65th  anniversary  working  for the paper in
10    June; and

11        WHEREAS, Mr. Paddock cared deeply for his  employees  and
12    constantly  kept  in good rapport with them, all of whom knew
13    him affectionately as "Stu"; and

14        WHEREAS,  Stuart  Paddock  Jr.  was  a  member  of   many
15    organizations,  such  as  the Pulitzer Prize Jury in 1970 and
16    1971, and the Headline Club of Chicago; he was Past president
17    (1960-1961) and director of the Illinois  Press  Association,
18    past  Illinois  State  chairman  of  the  National  Newspaper
19    Association,  past director, vice president, and treasurer of
20    the Suburban Newspaper  Section  of  the  National  Newspaper
21    Association;  Mr.  Paddock  was  a  member  of  the  Business
22    Advisory  Council  of  the  University  of Illinois at Circle
23    Campus, past president  and  current  director  of  the  Cook
24    County  Suburban Publishers Association, past director of the
25    Printing Industry of Illinois, and national chairman  of  the
26    Newspaper Committee for a Free and Competitive Press; and

27        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Paddock  was  named  to  the  Chicago Area
28    Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in February, 2001; he  was  the
29    recipient  of  "Good  Scout  Award"  from  Northwest Suburban
30    Council, Boy Scouts of  America  in  1995;  Mr.  Paddock  was
31    honored  by  Rotary International for his philanthropic work,
32    as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1989, and he was recognized as one
33    of the 10 most influential Northwest suburbanites in a survey
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 1    conducted by the Daily Herald in 1981; and

 2        WHEREAS, Mr. Paddock's interests were numerous, including
 3    classical music, horse  racing,  the  Bears,  and  opera;  he
 4    supported  the  Chicago  Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera,
 5    Ravinia,  the  Goodman  Theatre,  and  the   Elgin   Symphony
 6    Orchestra; and

 7        WHEREAS,  The  passing  of  Stuart R. Paddock Jr. will be
 8    deeply felt  by  all  those  who  knew  him  and  loved  him,
 9    especially  by  his  wife,  Anne; his five daughters and son;
10    Anne's four children; and their combined 23 grandchildren and
11    four great-grandchildren, and all of the 880 employees of the
12    Daily Herald; therefore, be it

15    we  mourn,  along  with  his family and friends, the death of
16    Stuart R. Paddock Jr.; and be it further

17        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
18    presented  to  the  family  of Stuart R. Paddock Jr. with our
19    sincere condolences.

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