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Full Text of HJR0085  94th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, In 1956, a 2.5 square mile area of land in
3 unincorporated Cook County was unwanted by neighboring
4 communities; and
5     WHEREAS, Eighty-five pioneering residents living in this
6 unincorporated area of Cook County were searching for municipal
7 services, schools, and a good place to live the American dream;
8 they refused to be beaten by others and decided to incorporate
9 and become the Village of Rosemont in 1956; and
10     WHEREAS, Mayor Donald E. Stephens became the first elected
11 (and only) mayor of the Village of Rosemont; and
12     WHEREAS, This new Village of Rosemont was adjacent to what
13 would become, in the next 20 years, the world's busiest
14 airport, O'Hare International Airport; and
15     WHEREAS, The residents had the vision and foresight to
16 transform the Village of Rosemont into a center of commerce by
17 building hospitality and entertainment facilities to support
18 the international and domestic air travelers using the world's
19 busiest airport; and
20     WHEREAS, Today, Rosemont's 4,224 residents and some 12,000
21 hospitality employees work together to serve meeting,
22 convention, tradeshow, business, and entertainment customers
23 from around the world; and
24     WHEREAS, Rosemont hosts an average of 50,000 visitors daily
25 and owns and operates some of Chicagoland's finest meeting,
26 entertainment, special event, and tradeshow facilities,
27 including the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference
28 Center, which is a top 10 meeting/convention/trade show venue,
29 the Allstate Arena, and the Rosemont Theatre; and



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1     WHEREAS, The Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference
2 Center is a 1,000,000 square foot convention center and may be
3 the only one in the nation that returns revenue without any
4 subsidies or room taxes; it hosts approximately 100 trade
5 conventions and public shows a year and welcomes more than
6 1,000,000 delegates and attendees to public and private shows
7 annually; and
8     WHEREAS, The Allstate Arena, formerly known as the Rosemont
9 Horizon, has been recognized by PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE as both
10 "Top Grossing Arena" and "Arena of the Year"; the venue hosts
11 more than 150 events annually, attracting an average of
12 1,500,000 audience members to witness some of the world's top
13 musical performers and family shows like the Ringling Brothers
14 Barnum and Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice and serves as home
15 of the DePaul Blue Demons basketball team (NCAA), Chicago
16 Wolves hockey (AHL), and Chicago Rush arena football (AFL); and
17     WHEREAS, The beautiful plush, 4,400-seat Rosemont Theatre
18 hosts lavish Broadway musicals, full-scale productions, and
19 world-class entertainers including Jay Leno and the entire
20 "Tonight Show", Ashley Judd, the Radio City Rockettes, a
21 variety of family shows, and is home to the Chicagoland Pops
22 Orchestra; and
23     WHEREAS, Rosemont is home to some of the world's most
24 prestigious hoteliers, including Crowne Plaza, Hyatt,
25 Marriott, Sheraton, Sofitel, Westin, Wyndham, and others,
26 boasting more than 5,600 rooms; and
27     WHEREAS, Rosemont is home to some of Chicago's finest
28 dining establishments, including Morton's, Nick's Fishmarket,
29 Carlucci, Gibsons Steak House, and Harry Carey's; and
30     WHEREAS, The, tiny Village of Rosemont and its residents



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1 have generated billions of dollars for the Illinois economy and
2 hold a strong vision for growing their convention and visitor
3 business and service to the people of Illinois in the next 50
4 years; and
5     WHEREAS, Rosemont is kicking off its 50th anniversary year
6 on Friday, January 20, 2006; therefore, be it
9 SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that we recognize the year of 2006 as
10 "The Year of Rosemont" in Illinois and encourage public and
11 private entities to congratulate Rosemont on its "50 years of
12 Welcoming the World"; and be it further
13     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
14 presented to the Village of Rosemont as an expression of our
15 esteem.