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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express their sincerest condolences to the family and friends
 4    of Alexander Magnus, who passed away on August 20, 2002; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Born  in 1926, Alexander Magnus was a self-made
 6    successful  businessman  and   the   President   of   Manteks
 7    Corporation  based  in  Arlington Heights; he had a degree in
 8    engineering from the Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology
 9    and  distinguished  himself  in  service  to his country as a
10    paratrooper during World War II; and

11        WHEREAS, In addition to being the guiding force behind  a
12    prosperous   business,   Mr.   Magnus   was  known  to  be  a
13    philanthropist,  donating  substantial  sums  of   money   to
14    worthwhile causes; and

15        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Magnus  was  especially concerned with the
16    plight of Christians in  the  southern  Sudan  who  were  the
17    victims   of   relentless  attacks  from  the  government  in
18    Khartoum; he played a significant role in bringing  attention
19    to  the  misery suffered by tens of thousands in the southern
20    Sudan through his  support  for  international  organizations
21    dedicated to bringing relief to the area; and

22        WHEREAS,  Much  of  the  southern  Sudanese living in the
23    region either had their homes destroyed,  were  murdered,  or
24    were  sold  into slavery; because of Mr. Magnus' efforts, the
25    United  States  Congress  is   currently   holding   hearings
26    concerning  the plight of the southern Sudanese and, in part,
27    due to his efforts, a  cease-fire  has  been  called  in  the
28    region; and

29        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Magnus was a great man who did his work in
30    relative anonymity; he was a true champion  of  the  underdog
31    with a heart of gold; and
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 1        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Magnus  believed  that  knowledge  was the
 2    strongest tool that one could use to bring about  change;  he
 3    dedicated  his  life  to  this  philosophy  as  seen  in  his
 4    philanthropist efforts throughout the world; and

 5        WHEREAS,  The  passing of Alexander Magnus will be deeply
 6    felt by all who knew and  loved  him,  especially  his  wife,
 7    Maria;  his children, Victoria, Mark, Kendis, Nina, Alex III,
 8    and Taissa;  his  grandchildren,  Melissa,  Anna,  Sara,  and
 9    Joseph; and his brother, Edward, M.D.; therefore, be it

11    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
12    all  who knew him, the death of Alexander Magnus of Arlington
13    Heights; and be it further

14        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
15    presented  to the family of Alexander Magnus with our sincere
16    condolences.

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