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90_SR0047 LRB9005535CBcb 1 SENATE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, It was with deepest sorrow that the members of 3 this Body learned of the passing of one of Illinois' most 4 gifted and respected citizens, former U.S. Congressman 5 Charles A. Hayes on Tuesday, April 8, 1997; and 6 WHEREAS, Mr. Hayes' influence in Chicago's black 7 independent political movement was only one of his 8 accomplishments in an impressive career of public service 9 during which he felled racial barriers and became an 10 influential voice in labor issues and social justice; and 11 WHEREAS, A resident of Chicago's Chatham neighborhood, 12 Mr. Hayes leaves to survive him his daughters, Barbara 13 Delaney and Charlene; his sisters, Maxine McShan, Doris 14 Branch, Freda Barksdale, Vivian Robinson, and Helen; his 15 brothers, Ralph and Frederick; four grandchildren; and two 16 great-grandchildren; and 17 WHEREAS, Charles Hayes joined the labor movement in the 18 1930s; he organized and became president of a carpenters' 19 local in his hometown of Cairo; and 20 WHEREAS, After moving to the South Side of Chicago, he 21 organized African-American meat-packers into a United 22 Packinghouse Workers local, fights for desegregation of the 23 meat-packing industry and equal pay for black workers; he 24 later served as international vice president of the United 25 Food & Commercial Workers; and 26 WHEREAS, Charles Hayes was elected to succeed Harold 27 Washington in the United States Congress in 1983 and was 28 re-elected four times; and 29 WHEREAS, Charles Hayes was active with the civil rights 30 movement and worked closely in Chicago with Dr. Martin Luther 31 King, Jr.; and -2- LRB9005535CBcb 1 WHEREAS, Charles Hayes' commitment to civil rights and to 2 the rights of union members will long be remembered by the 3 citizens of this State and the nation; and 4 WHEREAS, The citizens of Illinois have lost one of their 5 most inspiring sons; therefore, be it 6 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 7 OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn with profound sorrow 8 the death of a respected man, Charles A. Hayes, and extend 9 our sincere condolences to his family and friends; and be it 10 further 11 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be 12 presented to the family of Charles A. Hayes.
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