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File #: 20-4110    Version: 1 Name: HONORABLE JAMES R. THOMPSON, FORMER GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS, IN MEMORIAM
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 9/4/2020 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 9/24/2020 Final action: 9/24/2020
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORABLE JAMES R. THOMPSON, FORMER GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS, IN MEMORIAM WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called James R. Thompson from our midst, and WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was the loving and adored husband to Jayne Carr, and WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was the loving father to Samantha (Anastasios), and WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was the dear grandfather to Persephone, and WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Agnes Josephine (Swanson) and James Robert Thompson, a physician, and WHEREAS, James R. Thompson graduated from North Park Academy (now North Park University), studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago Navy Pier campus, and at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1959, and WHEREAS, James R. Thompson worked as an attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's office, taught at Northwestern University's law school and was appointed by Presiden...
Sponsors: JOHN P. DALEY, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), FRANK J. AGUILAR, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR, SCOTT R. BRITTON, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRIDGET GAINER, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, DONNA MILLER, STANLEY MOORE, KEVIN B. MORRISON, SEAN M. MORRISON, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORABLE JAMES R. THOMPSON, FORMER GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS, IN MEMORIAM

WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called James R. Thompson from our midst, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was the loving and adored husband to Jayne Carr, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was the loving father to Samantha (Anastasios), and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was the dear grandfather to Persephone, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Agnes Josephine (Swanson) and James Robert Thompson, a physician, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson graduated from North Park Academy (now North Park University), studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago Navy Pier campus, and at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1959, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson worked as an attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's office, taught at Northwestern University's law school and was appointed by President Nixon to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was elected to a two -year term as Governor of Illinois in 1976. Thompson's vote tally of 3,000,395 remains the largest number of votes ever cast for a candidate in an election for Governor of Illinois, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was re-elected to a full four-year term as Governor of Illinois in 1978 with 60 percent of the vote, defeating State Comptroller Michael Bakalis and in 1982 Thompson was re-elected over former U.S. Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was re-elected to his final term as Governor of Illinois in 1986, and

WHEREAS, James R. Thompson was known as "Big Jim" due to his physically imposing height and was known to be an excellent campaigner with a keen understanding of the electorate, and

WHEREAS, as Governor, James R. Thompson, worked to improve the state's infrastructure through the Build Illinois project that aimed to ...

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