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2     WHEREAS, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recognized for
3 its outstanding dedication and service in the completion,
4 maintenance, and continuing development of Rend Lake, located
5 in Franklin and Jefferson counties in the State of Illinois;
6 and
7     WHEREAS, Retired U.S. Congressman Kenneth J. Gray is hereby
8 recognized in appreciation for his tireless and successful
9 efforts in securing the authorization of appropriations for the
10 construction of Rend Lake; and
11     WHEREAS, Rend Lake, the second largest inland impoundment
12 in Illinois, covers 18,900 acres with 162 miles of shoreline
13 and serves as a source of water, flood control protection,
14 recreation, fish and wildlife conversation, and assurance of
15 downstream water quality; and
16     WHEREAS, On April 30, 2007, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and
17 the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
18 Bureau of Tourism announced that Rend Lake had been chosen by
19 consumers as one of "The Seven Wonders of Illinois" in a
20 contest launched at the 2007 Illinois Governor's Conference on
21 Tourism; therefore, be it



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2 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that Monday, June 18, 2007
3 is hereby proclaimed as "Rend Lake Day" in the State of
4 Illinois.