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92_HR0380 LRB9209063RHrh 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, William A. Ward was born in Olney, Illinois on 3 December 31, 1959 to Bob and Shirley Ward, and Julie M. 4 Sullivan was born in South Bend, Indiana on December 18, 1957 5 to Jim and Lois Sullivan; and 6 WHEREAS, Bill and Julie met in 1984 in Springfield, 7 Illinois while he was serving on the issues staff and she was 8 serving on the research staff for House Speaker Michael J. 9 Madigan; and 10 WHEREAS, Bill and Julie hit it off despite the fact that 11 he is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and she is a Chicago Cubs 12 fan; and 13 WHEREAS, Much to Julie's surprise, after a romantic 14 evening in 1985 featuring classic oriental cuisine and a nice 15 bottle of Asti Spumanti at the lovely Mamasan's Restaurant in 16 Springfield, Bill proposed to Julie, and, after much thought 17 and with some apprehension, Julie accepted; and 18 WHEREAS, On May 23, 1986, the Illinois House of 19 Representatives took a break on the day of its Third Reading 20 Deadline to honor the couple with a resolution, and, rumor 21 has it, concluded its business in a timely fashion so that 22 staff and legislators could attended the couples wedding 23 festivities; and 24 WHEREAS, Bill and Julie were married on May 23, 1986 at 25 the Blessed Sacrament Church in Springfield, Illinois, 26 surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues; and 27 WHEREAS, In the fifteen years of their marriage, Bill and 28 Julie have shared a deep love and respect for each other; 29 they have been blessed with an abundance of happy times 30 together in pursuing their mutual interests, including a love 31 of sports, travel, their dogs, and spending time with friends -2- LRB9209063RHrh 1 and family; and they have enjoyed great success and have 2 earned widespread respect in their lobbying careers; 3 therefore, be it 4 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 5 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 6 we congratulate Bill and Julie Ward on the celebration of 7 their fifteenth wedding anniversary on May 23, 2001; and be 8 it further 9 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 10 presented to Bill and Julie Ward as an expression of our 11 esteem.
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