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92_HR0600 LRB9212364RHrh 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, Susan Kmetty Catania has served with great 3 distinction as the AARP Illinois State President, and has 4 just concluded a two-year term, and 5 WHEREAS, Susan Catania led vigorous State legislative 6 advocacy for seniors to prevent predatory practices in 7 mortgage lending and payday loans and to expand prescription 8 drug benefits, and 9 WHEREAS, Susan Catania promoted AARP's national agenda on 10 Social Security, Medicare, public benefits and community 11 outreach by presiding at AARP's State fair booths in both 12 Springfield and DuQuoin, hosting the national bus tour across 13 Illinois in the summer of 2000, which stopped in Mt. Vernon, 14 and helping to coordinate community efforts in East St. Louis 15 and Chicago, and 16 WHEREAS, She traveled the State tirelessly to listen to 17 the concerns of all seniors; build AARP partnerships with 18 business, government and community groups, and work with 19 legislative leaders and other officials, and 20 WHEREAS, Susan Catania sought to enhance ethnic and 21 racial diversity in AARP and strengthen, coordinate and 22 showcase senior services and programs in communities such as 23 Chicago's Southeast side, Joliet, Naperville, Peoria, Moline, 24 Bloomington, and DuQuoin, and 25 WHEREAS, Susan Catania's cultural outreach, partnering 26 with the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Museum of 27 Broadcast Communication, and her media presence, discussing 28 phased retirement for older workers with nationally 29 syndicated columnist Carol Kleiman, focused the public's 30 attention on understanding senior needs and lifestyles, and 31 WHEREAS, She advanced AARP's international outreach -2- LRB9212364RHrh 1 effort by participating in the World Health Organization's 2 summit on elder abuse, held in October, 2001, in Geneva, 3 Switzerland, and establishing a WHO connection for AARP, and 4 WHEREAS, Susan Catania's leadership of AARP was a 5 continuation of her strong dedication and unflinching courage 6 shown during her ten-year service (1973-1983) as a legislator 7 from Chicago's south side and the Chair of the Illinois 8 Commission on the Status of Women, and 9 WHEREAS, Susan Catania's leadership of AARP and her 10 concern for, interest in, and unwavering advocacy on behalf 11 of seniors wherever they live in her persistent quest to 12 improve the quality their lives, not to mention her legendary 13 wit and humor, are well known, therefore be it 14 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 15 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 16 we thank Susan Kmetty Catania for her inspired, dedicated, 17 and dynamic advocacy, congratulate her on her many 18 accomplishments on behalf of all Illinois citizens, and wish 19 her well in all future endeavors; and be it further 20 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 21 presented to Susan Kmetty Catania as an expression of our 22 esteem.
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