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Full Text of HR0050  97th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are pleased to congratulate the citizens of the
4City of Lake Forest on the occasion of the city's 150th
5anniversary; and
6    WHEREAS, The rich history of the City of Lake Forest began
7in 1835, when Michael Meehan built his homestead near Old
8Telegraph Road; in 1846, Lake Forest's first post office was
9established near present-day Waukegan Road and Route 60; in
101857, Lind University, which would eventually become Lake
11Forest College, was chartered; and
12    WHEREAS, On February 21, 1861, The City of Lake Forest
13received its charter; Harvey M. Thompson was subsequently
14chosen to serve as mayor of Lake Forest; Lake Forest's first
15public elementary school, Quinlan School, was opened at Walnut
16and Washington Roads the following year; and
17    WHEREAS, The City of Lake Forest continued to grow steadily
18throughout the late 1800s; in 1894, the first consolidated K-12
19public school in Lake Forest, Central School, opened on
20Illinois Road; in 1895, telephone service was established in
21Lake Forest and the city's first police officer, James Gordon,
22was appointed; by 1896, the Highland Park Electric Light



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1Company brought electricity to Lake Forest; and
2    WHEREAS, In 1898, the Lake Forest City Hall was constructed
3at Deerpath and Forest Avenue; that same year, the City
4established a public library, appointed the first library
5board, and established the Lake Forest Fire Department; and
6    WHEREAS, The arrival of the 20th century brought a period
7of robust growth to the City of Lake Forest; in 1917, Market
8Square, called "the first integrated and artfully designed
9shopping center in the country" was completed at a cost of
10$750,000; in 1923, the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Kiwanis Club was
11established; the Deerpath Theater was opened in 1928, followed
12by the construction of the Lake Forest Library in 1931; by
131942, the Lake Forest Hospital was completed; and
14    WHEREAS, The City of Lake Forest continued its pattern of
15prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century; the
16provisions for the creation of a Chicago Bears training
17facility at Lake Forest College were finalized in 1981; by
182000, the population of Lake Forest swelled to 20,059; and
19    WHEREAS, The City of Lake Forest will celebrate its 150th
20anniversary on February 22, 2011, when the Lake Forest City
21Council will perform a reenactment of the signing of the City
22charter; and



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1    WHEREAS, The City of Lake Forest and its citizens serve as
2models of hard work, integrity, and dedication for the people
3of the State of Illinois; therefore, be it
6we congratulate the citizens of the City of Lake Forest on the
7occasion of the city's 150th anniversary and wish them
8continued success and happiness in the future; and be it
10    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
11presented to James Cowhey, Mayor of the City of Lake Forest, as
12a symbol of our esteem and respect.