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Full Text of HJR0111  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The Illinois General Assembly takes pride in
3recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of State
4officials and citizens and would like to honor the lasting
5legacy of Governor Dwight Herbert Green, the thirty-second
6governor of Illinois; and
7    WHEREAS, Governor Green was born in Ligonier, Indiana on
8January 9, 1897; he attended Wabash College from 1915 to 1917,
9but his education was interrupted with the outbreak of World
10War I; and
11    WHEREAS, Governor Green joined the United States Army Air
12Service and served as a second lieutenant, an army pilot, and a
13flying instructor; after his military service, he returned to
14his educational pursuits; he studied at Stanford in 1919 and
15earned a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1922; and
16    WHEREAS, Governor Green entered public service after
17establishing a successful legal career in Chicago, securing an
18appointment in 1926 as a special attorney with the Bureau of
19Internal Review; in 1927, he served as a special assistant to
20the United States Attorney for the Northern District of
21Illinois, where he was also one of the prosecutors in the
22income tax evasion trial of Al Capone; and



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1    WHEREAS, Governor Green served as Illinois U.S. Attorney
2from 1932 until 1935; while he was an unsuccessful 1939 Chicago
3mayoral candidate, he won the 1940 Republican gubernatorial
4nomination and was sworn into the governor's office on January
513, 1941; and
6    WHEREAS, At the end of the same year, Pearl Harbor thrust
7Governor Green into the job of leading one of the largest U.S.
8state governments during World War II; he won widespread
9support during the war and was reelected in 1944 to serve a
10second full term; and
11    WHEREAS, During his tenure, the Chicago transit system was
12obtained, the publicly owned-port authority was sanctioned,
13and veteran programs that focused on rehabilitation,
14reemployment, and retraining were all advanced; an interracial
15commission was authorized to look into racism complaints in the
16employment and housing sectors and legislation was instituted
17that made the teaching of American history and the ideology of
18republican government a mandatory requirement in public
19schools; after running unsuccessfully for a third term, Green
20left office on January 10, 1949 and retired from politics; and
21    WHEREAS, Governor Green passed away on February 20, 1958
22and was buried at the Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago; therefore,



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1be it
4CONCURRING HEREIN, that we designate the Illinois State Armory
5Building in Springfield, Illinois as the Governor Dwight H.
6Green State Armory Building; and be it further
7    RESOLVED, That the office of Central Management Services is
8requested to erect at suitable locations, consistent with State
9and federal regulations, appropriate plaques or signs giving
10notice of the name "Governor Dwight H. Green State Armory
11Building"; and be it further
12    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
13presented to the family of Governor Green, the Department of
14Central Management Services, the Illinois State Police, and the
15Illinois Secretary of State.