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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  their  sincere condolences to the family and friends
 4    of Anthony Vacco, Sr., who passed away on  January  4,  2002;
 5    and

 6        WHEREAS,  A  political  powerhouse  in the South Suburbs,
 7    Anthony Vacco, Sr. was an eight-term mayor of the Village  of
 8    Evergreen  Park  whose  name became synonymous with Evergreen
 9    Park; and

10        WHEREAS, Anthony Vacco's political career began  in  1956
11    when  a  precinct  captain asked him to hand out "I Like Ike"
12    fliers for President Eisenhower's reelection  campaign;  when
13    the  precinct  captain retired in 1957, Mr. Vacco assumed the
14    position; and

15        WHEREAS, Mayor Vacco was appointed  to  Evergreen  Park's
16    zoning  board  in  1961;  after  one  term as trustee, he was
17    appointed mayor in 1968 and served for eight terms,  retiring
18    in 2001; and

19        WHEREAS,  Some  of  Mayor  Vacco's  many  accomplishments
20    include   the   paving   and   curbing  of  Village  streets,
21    constructing a new firehouse, softball fields and ice rink at
22    82nd and Kedzie Avenue, and "establishing and  maintaining  a
23    fine  residential  community  where people were proud to live
24    and wanted to move to"; Mayor Vacco stated that his  greatest
25    mayoral  achievement  was  the  day  the United States Postal
26    Service finally awarded Evergreen Park its own ZIP code after
27    a 20-year campaign; and

28        WHEREAS, After his retirement as mayor,  the  Village  of
29    Evergreen  Park  unanimously  appointed  Mayor  Vacco  as the
30    Village's   part-time   intergovernmental    and    community
31    development liaison officer; and
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 1        WHEREAS,  Mayor  Vacco  also  served  as  chairman of the
 2    Southwest Council of Mayors for 25 years until his retirement
 3    in 2001; and

 4        WHEREAS, Mayor Vacco's passion for Evergreen Park,  where
 5    he  lived  for  46  years, was worn proudly on his sleeve; he
 6    stood up for his community and for municipalities and  fought
 7    many  battles  on  behalf of local government in the Illinois
 8    General Assembly; his appeal crossed party lines; and

 9        WHEREAS, The passing of Anthony Vacco, Sr. will be deeply
10    felt by all who knew and loved him, especially his  children,
11    Sandra  (Gary  Boston)  Johnson, Darlene (David) Naumann, and
12    Anthony (Martha)  Vacco,  Jr.;  his  grandchildren,  Deborah,
13    Scott,  Lindsey,  Brynn,  Dana,  and  Stacey; his sister, Lee
14    (Joe) Garbarczyk;  his  sister-in-law,  Carmella  Vacco;  his
15    nieces,  nephews,  and  other relatives; and the residents of
16    Evergreen Park; he was preceded in death by his beloved wife,
17    Patricia Vacco and  his  brothers,  Peter,  Frank,  and  John
18    Vacco; therefore, be it

20    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
21    all  who  knew  him,  the  death  of  Anthony  Vacco,  Sr. of
22    Evergreen Park, Illinois; and be it further

23        RESOLVED, That suitable  copies  of  this  resolution  be
24    presented  to  the  family  of  Anthony  Vacco,  Sr. with our
25    sincere condolences.

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