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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to honor milestones in the lives
 4    of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, For the past 56 Christmas seasons, longtime  St.
 6    Charles   resident,  John  Forni,  has  visited  Chicago-area
 7    nursing   homes,   retirement   facilities,   hospitals   and
 8    children's homes as Santa Claus, lending an ear and sometimes
 9    a lap as a labor of love; and

10        WHEREAS, It all started 56  years  ago  when  John  Forni
11    heard  about  a  hospitalized  young  girl in the St. Charles
12    area; he rented a Santa suit visited her and found  out  that
13    she  wanted  a doll, so he went out and bought her a doll and
14    presented it to her; and

15        WHEREAS, For more than five  decades  and  several  Santa
16    suits  later,  John  Forni  still  dresses  up  as Santa each
17    holiday season just to see the look in children's eyes as  he
18    walks into a room; and

19        WHEREAS,   After  his  first appearance, John Forni moved
20    into his role as the Fox Valley's Santa  with  gusto,  taking
21    the initiative to tour hospitals on his own; and

22        WHEREAS,  John  Forni  previously  worked  as a voluntary
23    firefighter  for  the  Geneva  Fire  Department,   and   that
24    eventually  led  to  the  annual  gig  as  Santa for the fire
25    department in St. Charles nearly 30 years ago; and

26        WHEREAS, Over the  years  portraying  Santa  Claus,  John
27    Forni  has  worn  out  nearly five suits; on October 28, 2000
28    fellow St. Charles Park District board  member,  Clint  Hull,
29    conducted a fund-raiser to raise money to purchase a new suit
30    for  Santa  Claus;  in  all, the majority of the money raised
31    went to buy John Forni a new suit, and the rest went to "Toys
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 1    for Tots"; and

 2        WHEREAS, John Forni's portrayal of Santa  Claus  radiates
 3    cheer;  he  listens  patiently  and  never  makes promises, a
 4    policy that parents and others appreciate; and

 5        WHEREAS, John Forni has promised that as long as he has a
 6    Santa suit, he will be Santa Claus for  many  generations  to
 7    come; therefore, be it

10    we congratulate John Forni for  his  dedicated  56  years  of
11    portraying  Santa Claus for the residents of St. Charles; and
12    be it further

13        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
14    presented to John Forni as an expression of our esteem.

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