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File #: 21-4311    Version: 1 Name: HONORING THE LIFE OF JAMES “JIM” BUCKNER
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 7/20/2021 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 7/29/2021 Final action: 7/29/2021
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF JAMES "JIM" BUCKNER WHEREAS, Dr. James L. "Jim" Buckner was born on July 29, 1934, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the late Clarence and Florence Buckner, a dentist and teacher, respectively; and WHEREAS, Jim grew up and spent his early years of school in Vicksburg, later attending Virginia State University, then migrating north to Chicago and working on the railroad as a Pullman porter while attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his BS and DDS degrees; and WHEREAS, Jim became a dentist, following in his father's footsteps; and WHEREAS, Jim became a highly respected member of his profession with his own practice, also serving as president of the Lincoln Dental Society and operating dental offices at 50th Street and State Street and another at the Harbor Point condominiums near the Columbia Yacht Club; and WHEREAS, Jim was an accomplished community leader, passionate about the betterment of African Ame...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President)
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE LIFE OF JAMES "JIM" BUCKNER

WHEREAS, Dr. James L. "Jim" Buckner was born on July 29, 1934, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the late Clarence and Florence Buckner, a dentist and teacher, respectively; and

WHEREAS, Jim grew up and spent his early years of school in Vicksburg, later attending Virginia State University, then migrating north to Chicago and working on the railroad as a Pullman porter while attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his BS and DDS degrees; and

WHEREAS, Jim became a dentist, following in his father's footsteps; and

WHEREAS, Jim became a highly respected member of his profession with his own practice, also serving as president of the Lincoln Dental Society and operating dental offices at 50th Street and State Street and another at the Harbor Point condominiums near the Columbia Yacht Club; and

WHEREAS, Jim was an accomplished community leader, passionate about the betterment of African Americans and committed to community and economic empowerment; and

WHEREAS, as a young man, Jim was immersed in the civil rights movement, working along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jim was president of the Chicago Urban League and was deeply involved with Chicago United and Operation Breadbasket, pressing for the hiring of more Black workers in the building trades and Black hiring at major companies. His work on behalf of others included the NAACP and numerous other civic and charitable organizations; and

WHEREAS, Jim was an entrepreneur, opening grocery stores and travel agencies and serving on the boards of the City Colleges and Seaway National Bank, one of Chicago's first and largest Black-owned banks; and

WHEREAS, Jim became a director of Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan, now known as GN Bank; and

WHEREAS, Jim became a soccer enthusiast after his two sons showed interested in the game, coaching teams in the South Side chapter of the Ame...

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