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Full Text of SR0967  97th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are deeply
3saddened to learn of the death of Mario J. Perez of Woodstock,
4who passed away on October 31, 2012; and
5    WHEREAS, Mario Perez was born on January 19, 1935, in
6Seneca to Carmen and Jose Perez; he was raised in Marseilles
7and then moved to Chicago in the 1940s; he attended St.
8Patrick's Academy in Chicago on a basketball scholarship and
9graduated in 1953; he attended the University of Illinois-Navy
10Pier from 1953-1955, and graduated from the University of
11Illinois-Urbana in 1957, with a history major and a minor in
12anthropology; he obtained his Juris Doctor from DePaul
13University College of Law in 1960, was a member of the Phi
14Alpha Delta law fraternity, and served in the U.S. Army
15Reserves; he married Esther Peterson of Ames, Iowa at Our Lady
16of Mount Carmel Church in Chicago on May 8, 1965; and
17    WHEREAS, Mario Perez began practicing law in Chicago at CNA
18Insurance Co. in 1960; after 9 years, he moved to Woodstock to
19work at the law offices of Josyln and Green and then started a
20private practice that continued until 2012; and
21    WHEREAS, Mario Perez was a member of the McHenry and Lake
22County bar associations and was a founding member of the



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1Mexican American Lawyers Association and the Latin American Bar
2Association, which is know known as the Hispanic Lawyers
3Association of Illinois; he was involved in many organizations
4aimed at promoting people's knowledge and understanding of
5Hispanic heritage, as well as mental health and human relations
6issues, including the McHenry County Latino Coalition, McHenry
7County College Hispanic Advisory Council, founding member of
8the McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County Human
9Relations Council (chairman), Consumer Credit Counseling
10Services, Bull Valley Association, and the Illinois
11Storytellers Festival; and
12    WHEREAS, Mario Perez's passions included sports, books,
13and learning; he had interests in European and Latin American
14history and culture, anthropology, genealogy, nature,
15wildlife, fishing, carpentry, wine, family, music, dancing,
16and getting lost on the back roads of Illinois and Iowa; and
17    WHEREAS, Mario Perez was preceded in death by his parents,
18Carmen and Jose Perez; and
19    WHEREAS, Mario Perez is survived by his wife, Esther; his
20sons, Paul (Gasia) and David; his daughter, Christine; his 2
21grandsons; his sisters, Mamie Guerra and Carmen "Lito" Perez;
22his brothers, Jesse (Lin) Perez, Ignatius "Nacho" Perez,
23Russell Perez, and John (Sandy) Williams; and his numerous



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1nieces and nephews; therefore, be it
3ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
4Mario Perez, and we extend our sincere condolences to his
5family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
7    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
8presented to the family of Mario Perez as an expression of our
9deepest sympathy.