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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago
4Sun-Times for the past 46 years, who passed away on April 4,
52013; and
6    WHEREAS, Roger Ebert joined the Sun-Times in 1966 and
7became the paper's movie reviewer the following year in 1967;
8his reviews were eventually syndicated to several hundred other
9newspapers nationwide; and
10    WHEREAS, Roger Ebert received a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for
11distinguished criticism-the first, and one of only 3, given to
12a film reviewer since the category was created in 1970; in
132005, he became the first critic to have a star on the
14Hollywood Walk of Fame; and
15    WHEREAS, Roger Ebert's television career began in 1975,
16first in the Chicago area and then nationwide on PBS, when he
17and Gene Siskel co-hosted the show "Opening Soon at a Theater
18Near You"; the show was renamed "Sneak Previews", "At the
19Movies", and eventually "Siskel & Ebert & The Movies", at which
20point the signature "thumbs up, thumbs down" rating system
21began; and



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1    WHEREAS, Roger Ebert authored over 20 books covering the
2film industry and branched out into screenplays; in 1969 he was
3the co-writer of the movie "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", a
4film that has since achieved cult status; and
5    WHEREAS, Roger Ebert founded the annual Ebertfest Film
6Festival in 1999, which holds its 15th incarnation April 17-21,
72013, at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign; and
8    WHEREAS, Roger Ebert was a renowned author, journalist,
9film historian, film critic, and screenwriter; he received
10honorary degrees from the American Film Institute, the
11University of Colorado, and the School of the Art Institute; he
12is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and was
13honored with a sidewalk medallion under the Chicago Theatre
14marquee; and
15    WHEREAS, Roger Ebert was born in Urbana on June 18, 1942,
16to Annabel and Walter H. Ebert; he attended Urbana High School
17and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduating in
181964; he spent a year at the University of Cape Town in South
19Africa before attending the University of Chicago; he married
20Charlie "Chaz" Hammelsmith in 1992; and
21    WHEREAS, Roger Ebert is survived by his wife; his
22stepchildren, Sonia and Jay; and his grandchildren, Raven,



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1Emil, Mark, and Joseph; therefore, be it
3ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
4Roger Ebert, and extend our sincere condolences to his family,
5friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it further
6    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
7presented to the family of Roger Ebert as an expression of our
8deepest sympathy.