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File #: 16-4398    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 7/11/2016 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 7/13/2016 Final action: 7/13/2016
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF THE HON. ABNER MIKVA WHEREAS, Abner Mikva was born on January 21, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Henry and Ida Mikva; and WHEREAS, after high school, Abner Mikva enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II; attended the University of Wisconsin before transferring to Washington University in St. Louis to be closer to his future wife Zoe; and WHEREAS, Abner Mikva moved to Chicago to attend law school at the University of Chicago where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review and graduated cum laude; and WHEREAS, in 1951 Abner Mikva clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton; and WHEREAS, Abner Mikva served five consecutive terms in the Illinois General Assembly where he sponsored a myriad of legislation including: fair employment and open housing legislation, as well as working to overhaul the Criminal Code; and WHEREAS, Abner Mikva was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968 from the 2nd Congressional Dis...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), LUIS ARROYO JR, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JERRY BUTLER, JOHN P. DALEY, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, GREGG GOSLIN, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, JOAN PATRICIA MURPHY, TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, ROBERT STEELE, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI

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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

IN MEMORY OF THE HON. ABNER MIKVA

 

 

WHEREAS, Abner Mikva was born on January 21, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Henry and Ida Mikva; and

 

WHEREAS, after high school, Abner Mikva enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II; attended the University of Wisconsin before transferring to Washington University in St. Louis to be closer to his future wife Zoe; and

 

WHEREAS, Abner Mikva moved to Chicago to attend law school at the University of Chicago where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review and graduated cum laude; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1951 Abner Mikva clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton; and

 

WHEREAS, Abner Mikva served five consecutive terms in the Illinois General Assembly where he sponsored a myriad of legislation including: fair employment and open housing legislation, as well as working to overhaul the Criminal Code; and

 

WHEREAS, Abner Mikva was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968 from the 2nd Congressional District which he represented for two terms, and was elected again in 1975 from the 10th Congressional District which he represented for an additional two terms; and

 

WHEREAS, Abner Mikva served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia  after being appointed by President Jimmy Carter until 1994. At that time he became White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton; and

 

WHEREAS, Abner and Zoe Mikva founded The Mikva Challenge with the mission of developing youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders by engaging them in “action civics,” or hands-on experiences, with the electoral and legislative process. The Mikva Challenge is now in 110 schools and reaches more than 6,000 students; and

 

WHEREAS, on Monday July 4, 2016, Abner Mikva died at the age of 90; and

 

WHEREAS, Abner Mikva is survived by his wife, Zoe, and three daughters: Mary, Laurie and Rachel.

 

WHEREAS, Abner Mikva inspired a generation of public servants through his integrity and honesty.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Cook County, do extend their deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, and colleagues of Abner Mikva; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this Resolution be tendered to the loved ones of Abner Mikva as a means of communicating our deep respect and reverence for his commitment to public service.

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