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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 the Reverend Paul Lindstrom, who passed away  on  May  22,
 5    2002; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Reverend  Paul  Lindstrom  was born November 6,
 7    1939 in Park Ridge and graduated  from  Maine  Township  High
 8    School  in  1957;  he  attended the University of Illinois at
 9    Urbana-Champaign, where he  earned  a  bachelor's  degree  in
10    history  in  1961;  that  same  year,  he  married  his wife,
11    Florence; and

12        WHEREAS, The Reverend Paul Lindstrom was the  founder  of
13    the  Christian Liberty Academy and a pioneer of the Christian
14    home schooling movement; and

15        WHEREAS, Reverend Lindstrom was the driving force  behind
16    the  Arlington  Heights-based  Church  of  Christian Liberty,
17    whose missionaries  work  worldwide,  and  its  academy,  the
18    34-year-old  Christian  Liberty  Academy,  which,  under  the
19    tutelage of Reverend Lindstrom, has grown from 50 students to
20    more  than  900  and  from  one  Northwest suburban locale to
21    include branch schools in Sudan and Cape Town,  South  Africa
22    and which provides home-schooling materials to thousands more
23    across the United States; and

24        WHEREAS,  Reverend  Lindstrom  also  courted controversy,
25    from his Remember the Pueblo Committee in  1968,  when  North
26    Korea  captured  a Navy surveillance ship, the U.S.S. Pueblo,
27    in international waters and held  the  crew  captive  for  11
28    months,  to  last  year's  call  for  a  national  boycott of
29    Chinese-made goods after a U.S. Navy surveillance  plane  was
30    held  by Chinese authorities after a mid-air collision with a
31    Chinese interceptor jet; in addition, he  was  involved  with
32    the  POW/MIA issue during the 1970s and 1980s and opposed the
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 1    United Nations, which he once called "a  multimillion  dollar
 2    rip-off."; and

 3        WHEREAS,  In  1996,  Reverend  Lindstrom  fought plans to
 4    place an abortion clinic in Arlington Heights, and  in  1999,
 5    after  the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, he
 6    called on parents  to  pull  their  children  out  of  public
 7    schools, while simultaneously arguing for metal detectors and
 8    security guards to be placed in those same schools; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Reverend Lindstrom preached his final sermon at
10    the Church of Christian Liberty on  May  5,  2002;  his  last
11    message  was encouragement to be faithful to the word of God,
12    and to never compromise; and

13        WHEREAS, In addition to his wife, Reverend  Lindstrom  is
14    survived  by  his  children,  Karla  McHugh,  Kim Rapp, Peter
15    Lindstrom,  and  Calvin  Lindstrom;   his   sister,   Carolyn
16    Buchanan; and his 16 grandchildren; therefore, be it

18    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
19    all who knew him, the death of the Reverend Paul Lindstrom of
20    Prospect Heights, Illinois; and be it further

21        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
22    presented to the family of the Reverend Paul  Lindstrom  with
23    our sincere condolences.

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