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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to learn of the death of Frank Yianas of Decatur, Illinois on
 4    February 11, 1997; and
 5        WHEREAS,  Frank  Yianas  was born in Merkada, Fthiotidos,
 6    Greece on May 27, 1933 to Constantinos and Sofia Yiannousias;
 7    Frank Yianas grew up in Greece during the time of  the  Greek
 8    Civil War and World War II before coming to the United States
 9    in  1954,  where  he  went to work as a waiter for his uncle,
10    William Rango, in his restaurant, Rango's Place  in  Decatur;
11    and
12        WHEREAS,  Frank  Yianas  made the decision to stay in the
13    United States and became a United States citizen  in  May  of
14    1960;  on  January  22,  1967  he  married  Sofia  Droukas in
15    Chicago, and together they settled in Decatur; and
16        WHEREAS, Frank Yianas continued to manage  Rango's  Place
17    until 1975, when he and his wife bought the business; in 1990
18    the  restaurant  was  moved to a new location and renamed The
19    White House Restaurant; and
20        WHEREAS, Frank Yianas was a member of the Greek  Orthodox
21    Church  of  the  Annunciation; Frank Yianas continued to help
22    his family in Greece, and aided in  the  restoration  of  his
23    home village's main square; and
24        WHEREAS,  Frank  Yianas  is  survived  by his wife Sofia;
25    daughter Georgia Yianas Haab and her husband David;  his  son
26    Dean;  his  brother-in-law  Chris  Droukas;  and a sister and
27    brother in Greece; therefore, be it
29    OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS,  that  we  mourn,  along  with  the
30    family  and  community, the death of Frank Yianas of Decatur,
31    Illinois; and be it further
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 1        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
 2    presented to the family of Frank Yianas.

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