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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3 Representatives are happy to call Springfield home for several
4 months each year; Springfield is the home to many attractions
5 and special points of interest that draw people here from
6 around the world; and
7     WHEREAS, Twentieth Century Fox is conducting a competition
8 to determine which Springfield will hold the premiere of "The
9 Simpsons Movie" in July of 2007; and
10     WHEREAS, There are uncanny similarities between the
11 fictional Springfield of "The Simpsons" and the Capital City of
12 Springfield, Illinois; and
13     WHEREAS, Abraham Lincoln is the favorite son of
14 Springfield, Illinois and Jebediah Springfield is the founder
15 of the Simpsons' Springfield; there is a statue of each
16 displayed in the center of his respective Springfield; and
17     WHEREAS, Todd Renfrow, general manager of Springfield's
18 City Water, Light and Power bears a remarkable likeness to
19 Montgomery Burns, owner of the nuclear power plant where Homer
20 Simpson works; and



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1     WHEREAS, Montgomery Burns once ran for political office and
2 kicked off his campaign from Springfield's Lincoln Depot; in
3 the same manner, President-elect Abraham Lincoln bade farewell
4 to Springfield from the Great Western Depot, currently known as
5 Lincoln Depot; and
6     WHEREAS, Both Springfields are in close proximity to a town
7 named Shelbyville; and
8     WHEREAS, The Simpsons live at 742 Evergreen Terrace and
9 Springfield, Illinois has a housing development that was
10 formerly named Evergreen Terrace; and
11     WHEREAS, Both Springfields have a newspaper called the
12 Springfield Shopper; and
13     WHEREAS, The band Aerosmith has performed in both
14 Springfields; in that episode, Steven Tyler yells out, "Hello,
15 St. Louis" and then is corrected; St. Louis is, of course, just
16 90 miles from Springfield; later in the episode, Tyler falls
17 into the crowd; on July 13, 1984, Aerosmith played a concert in
18 Springfield, Illinois, and Steven Tyler collapsed face first
19 into the audience; and
20     WHEREAS, The Simpsons' Springfield has a Springfield
21 Memorial Hospital and Springfield, Illinois has a Memorial



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1 Medical Center; and
2     WHEREAS, In one episode, Lisa Simpson was living in a
3 redwood tree she was attempting to save from destruction; as
4 she climbed to the top of the tree, the camera panned to the
5 view from the tree and the Gateway Memorial Arch in St. Louis,
6 Missouri was in the distance; the Arch is just 90 miles from
7 Springfield, Illinois; and
8     WHEREAS, The Simpsons' Springfield is known for a mount of
9 continually burning tires; Springfield, Illinois recently
10 discovered a garbage dump burning on the southside that has
11 shown no signs of extinguishing itself; and
12     WHEREAS, Each of the Springfields have a medical library,
13 university, Catholic hospital, bartender named Moe, zoo,
14 botanical garden, water park, armory, Christian Science
15 Reading Room, a donut connection, bus depot, train station,
16 House of Pancakes, and drive-in theater; therefore, be it
19 urge Twentieth Century Fox, as well as Simpsons creator Matt
20 Groening, to hold the world premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" in
21 Springfield, Illinois; and be it further



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1     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2 presented to Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Matt
3 Groening, and those involved with the decision-making process
4 as it relates to the location of the world premiere of "The
5 Simpsons Movie" as a symbol of the State of Illinois'
6 commitment to bringing the premiere to Springfield, Illinois.