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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  their  sincere condolences to the family and friends
 4    of Chicago Police Officer Donald J. Marquez,  who  tragically
 5    died in the line of duty on March 19, 2002; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Donald  J.  Marquez,  a  20-year veteran of the
 7    Chicago Police Department, was the pride of the Back  of  the
 8    Yards  community  and  especially  proud  of his roots in his
 9    tough South Side  neighborhood;  he  was  the  third  of  six
10    children  born  to  Daniel  and  Mary Marquez; among his many
11    friends while growing  up  was  Matt  Rodriguez,  who  became
12    superintendent of the Chicago Police Department; and

13        WHEREAS, After graduating from Kelly High School, Officer
14    Marquez  worked  as  a  sheet-metal  worker, but after seeing
15    close friends die because of gang  violence,  he  turned  his
16    thoughts to becoming a police officer; and

17        WHEREAS,   Donald   Marquez  joined  the  Chicago  Police
18    Department  in  February,  1982;  he  worked  as  a  tactical
19    officer, a gang  crimes  investigator,  and  a  mass  transit
20    officer  before  being  assigned  to  the Chicago corporation
21    counsel's office several months ago; and

22        WHEREAS, During  his  career,  Officer  Marquez  received
23    three department commendations and several honorable mentions
24    for his police work; and

25        WHEREAS,  Officer Marquez was the family comedian who did
26    a  side-splitting  imitation  of  Marlon  Brando  from   "The
27    Godfather";  when  he entered a room, the whole place lit up;
28    and

29        WHEREAS, The passing of Officer Donald J. Marquez will be
30    deeply felt by all who knew and  loved  him,  especially  his
31    wife,  Maria;  his children, Maria (Anthony) Trinidad, Carla,
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 1    Alana,  and  Donald  Jr.;  his  grandson,   Anthony   Santino
 2    Trinidad; his parents, Daniel and Mary Marquez; his brothers,
 3    Daniel  (Ellen),  David  (Marianne),  and  Dean  (Karen); his
 4    sisters, Donna Isunza and Dee (Mark) Jobe;  his  nieces;  his
 5    nephews;  his  cousins  and  additional  family; and his many
 6    friends and colleagues at the Chicago Police Department; and

 7        WHEREAS, Officer Marquez will be remembered as an honest,
 8    hard-working cop who died a hero in his efforts to  make  the
 9    City of Chicago a safer place for all; therefore, be it

11    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
12    all  who  knew him, the death of Chicago Police Office Donald
13    J. Marquez of Chicago, Illinois; and be it further

14        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
15    presented to the family of Officer Donald J. Marquez with our
16    sincere condolences.

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