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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to  learn of the death of Robert Morgan of Peoria, who passed
 4    away May 29, 2002; and

 5        WHEREAS, Robert Morgan was born  in  Peoria  on  May  27,
 6    1912,  to  Harry  Dale  and  Eleanor Ellis Morgan; he married
 7    Betty Louise Harbers on October 14, 1939, in Peoria; and

 8        WHEREAS,  Robert  Morgan  was  a  graduate   of   Bradley
 9    University  and  received  his  doctor of law degree from the
10    University of Chicago Law School; and

11        WHEREAS, A member of the American Legion,  Robert  Morgan
12    was a World War II Army Signal Corps veteran with the rank of
13    major; and

14        WHEREAS, Robert Morgan became Peoria's 36th mayor in 1953
15    and  was  the  first to govern under the city's newly adopted
16    council-city manager form of government; Peoria, at the time,
17    was known as a city  of  ill-repute,  full  of  gambling  and
18    prostitution; Mr. Morgan campaigned on a pledge to oust those
19    elements,  and under his administration, police began rigidly
20    enforcing  laws  against  prostitution  and   gambling;   his
21    anti-crime  efforts nearly cost him his life, as two attempts
22    were made to dynamite his home and he received several  death
23    threats over the phone; and

24        WHEREAS, Under Robert Morgan's administration, Peoria was
25    named  by Look magazine as one of the nation's 11 All-America
26    cities; for this and getting the city out of debt, Mr. Morgan
27    received the Good Government Award in 1954 for the remarkable
28    job he was doing; and

29        WHEREAS, Robert Morgan did not run for a second  term  in
30    1957,  and  opted  to  pursue his career in law; described as
31    fearless and a stickler for the law, his  reputation  was  so
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 1    impeccable  that he was nominated by President Johnson to the
 2    federal bench; Robert Morgan was a federal judge for 35 years
 3    and held senior judge status since May 28, 1982; and

 4        WHEREAS, Robert  Morgan  served  on  Bradley's  board  of
 5    trustees  from  1957  to  2002 and had served on the Wildlife
 6    Prairie Park Board of Trustees; he was past president of  the
 7    Rotary  Club  and the YMCA, where he had served on the board;
 8    Robert Morgan had also served on the United  Fund  Board  and
 9    the Salvation Army Peoria Advisory Board; and

10        WHEREAS,  Robert  Morgan  was  a  member of the American,
11    Illinois State,  and  Peoria  County  bar  associations,  the
12    American  Judicature  Society,  the Illinois State Chamber of
13    Commerce, and the Peoria Association of Commerce;  he  was  a
14    member  of Westminster Presbyterian Church from 1947 to 1952;
15    and

16        WHEREAS, Robert Morgan was named Citizen of the  Year  in
17    1957 by B'nai B'rith; and

18        WHEREAS, Robert Morgan will be deeply missed by all those
19    who  knew  him and loved him, especially his wife, Betty; his
20    two sons, Thomas and James; his five grandchildren;  and  his
21    five great-grandchildren; therefore, be it

23    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
24    all  those  who  knew  him and loved him, the death of Robert
25    Morgan; and be it further

26        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
27    presented to Robert Morgan with our most sincere condolences.

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