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90_HR0081 LRB9005456KBkb 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The Dante Award is regarded as one of Chicago's 3 most prestigious honors; The Dante Award is presented to an 4 outstanding individual who has demonstrated a commitment to 5 the Italian community of Chicago; and 6 WHEREAS, The Dante Award's credo is that of Dante 7 Alighieri, "One should never be a timid friend to truth." 8 This year The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is 9 pleased to present the Dante Award to Peter Walker, who has 10 demonstrated his allegiance to this credo; and 11 WHEREAS, Peter Walker is the Vice President and General 12 Manager of WGN television in Chicago, a position he has held 13 since March of 1992; and 14 WHEREAS, Peter Walker received his Bachelor of Arts 15 degree in English Literature from Amherst College in 1976; 16 and 17 WHEREAS, Peter Walker is the loving husband of Victoria, 18 and they are the proud parents of three children; and 19 WHEREAS, Peter Walker started his career with a sales 20 position at a Chicago based trade magazine in 1976; through 21 the training program at Peters, Griffin, and Woodward he went 22 on to enter the television representative field in 1978; and 23 WHEREAS, In 1980 Peter Walker became an Account Executive 24 at Telerep, and then went on to assume the position of Vice 25 President and Manager of the Independent Team at Blair 26 Television in Chicago; In October of 1987 Mr. Walker joined 27 Tribune Broadcasting as Local Sales Manager for WGN 28 television; in December of that same year he was promoted to 29 Director of Sales; and 30 WHEREAS, Mr. Walker moved on to Los Angeles, where he -2- LRB9005456KBkb 1 assumed the position of Vice President and Station Manager of 2 KTLA-TV; while working for KTLA-TV Mr. Walker oversaw the 3 sales and marketing divisions, production, legal affairs, 4 station operations, and human resources, as well as helping 5 launch KTLA's early morning newscast; and 6 WHEREAS, Peter Walker returned to Chicago after two and 7 one-half years with KTLA-TV, and was named Vice President and 8 General Manager of WGN-TV; and 9 WHEREAS, Peter Walker is Chairman of the annual Bozo 10 Ball, a benefit for the Off the Street Club and WGN 11 Children's Charities; Mr. Walker is on the board of the 12 Easter Seals Society of Metropolitan Chicago; he is a member 13 of the President's Council of the Museum of Science and 14 Industry; and he serves on the Board of Directors of the 15 Chicago Academy of Sciences; and 16 WHEREAS, Peter Walker received the Tribune Company's 17 Robert W. Reneker Award for outstanding professional 18 achievement in 1991, while working in Los Angeles; and 19 WHEREAS, Peter Walker formulated sales strategies at both 20 KTLA-TV and WGN-TV that contributed to record revenue shares 21 and profits at both stations; therefore, be it 22 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 23 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we 24 salute the career of Peter Walker and recognize him as he 25 receives the Dante Award from the Joint Civic Committee of 26 Italian Americans; and be it further 27 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 28 presented to Peter Walker of WGN-TV, Chicago, Illinois.
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