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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 M. Healey of Chicago, who
 4    passed away July 22, 2002; and

 5        WHEREAS, Mr. Healey was born December 29, 1929,  the  son
 6    of  Wilfred  L.  and Mary Jean McGregor Healey; his childhood
 7    during the tough Depression years  stirred  his  interest  in
 8    labor  issues;  he  joined the U.S. Army at the age of 16 and
 9    served with the military police in Korea for two years  after
10    World War II; and

11        WHEREAS,  Mr. Healey was a great advocate for working men
12    and women throughout his career; he never  ceased  to  defend
13    workers'  rights to unionize, even among hospital workers who
14    conducted his medical tests two weeks before  his  death;  he
15    was credited with dramatically raising teachers' salaries and
16    benefits  and  reducing  class  size  during  a  period  when
17    teaching  in  the Chicago Public Schools was difficult due to
18    scarce  raises,  very  limited  healthcare,   and   no   paid
19    vacations; and

20        WHEREAS,   Mr.  Healey  was  appointed  director  of  the
21    Illinois Department of Labor in 1999 by Governor George  Ryan
22    and reappointed in 2001; he had been a member of the Illinois
23    State  Labor  Relations Board since 1994 and president of the
24    Chicago Federation of Labor and Industrial Union Council from
25    1987 to 1994; Mr.  Healey  was  an  officer  of  the  Chicago
26    Teachers  Union,  serving as president from 1972 to 1984, and
27    the Illinois Federation of  Teachers,  serving  as  president
28    from 1971 to 1989; and

29        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Healey  had  been  an  English teacher and
30    department chairman at Chicago's Gage Park High School;  from
31    1991  to  1997,  he  served as director, deputy chairman, and
32    chairman on the board of directors  of  the  Federal  Reserve
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 1    Bank  of  Chicago;  he  was also on many civic and charitable
 2    organization boards; and

 3        WHEREAS, Mr. Healey will be deeply missed  by  all  those
 4    who  knew  him and loved him, especially his wife, Catheleen;
 5    his four daughters, Kathleen  (Ross)  Adams,  Amy,  Meg,  and
 6    Elizabeth Healey; his three sons, Michael (Lisa) Todd, Steven
 7    (Julie)  and  Phillip Healey; his eight grandchildren, Robert
 8    and Pearce Healey, Sean,  Ryan,  Tara,  and  Cade  Todd,  and
 9    Ramsey,  Al,  Abed,  and  Emily  Thompson;  his  two sisters,
10    Marguerite (Milton) Oran and Delores (Raymond)  Biggins;  and
11    his several nieces and nephews; therefore, be it

13    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
14    his family and friends, the death of Robert M. Healey; and be
15    it further

16        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
17    presented to the family of Robert M. Healey with our  sincere
18    condolences.

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