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Honor Flight Dames

Ninety-three female veterans took part in Illinois’ first all-women honor flight, thanks to the efforts of Operation HerStory in partnership with Honor Flight Chicago and others.

Veteran Katherine Haile spent three years in active duty for the Army in the mid-1970s, followed by about a decade in the Army Reserve.

And yet, the 73-year-old Arlington Heights woman said, she never really thought her contribution was worthy of being highlighted with an honor flight.

That changed after she and 92 other veterans took part in a trip last week to Washington, D.C., during Illinois’ first all-women honor flight.

“When I think of my military service, I didn’t really see that as something unique,” said Haile, whose active duty role was akin to substance abuse counselor. “After experiencing this, it’s kind of like, ‘Yeah! That was a unique thing that I did.'”

The veterans ranged in age from 63 to 104 and included two World War II veterans, seven Korean War veterans and 84 Vietnam War veterans.

The daylong trip Wednesday was organized by the group Operation HerStory, started by veteran Ginny Narsete of Lisle, which fundraised for the event and partnered with Honor Flight Chicago and others.

The group flew to the nation’s capital on a flight chartered by Southwest Airlines and visited the Military Women’s Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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RLD 100

Richard L. Duchossois

The following resolution was filed by Rep. Martin McLaughlin on 2021-09-29:

Congratulations Richard L. Duchossois on the occasion of his 100th birthday


—–WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of Representatives are pleased to congratulate Richard L. Duchossois of Barrington Hills on the occasion of his 100th birthday; and

—–WHEREAS, Richard L. Duchossois was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 7, 1921; he was raised in Beverly and attended Morgan Park Military Academy, where he graduated in 1940; he attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Kentucky; and

—–WHEREAS, In 1942, Richard L. Duchossois was given orders to report to training at the U.S. Army’s Tank Destroyer unit; he later became the commander of Company C of the 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion and landed on Utah Beach in Normandy while serving under the 80th Division of General George Patton’s Third Army; his company fought through central France and east across to the Moselle River; in a German counterattack, he was shot and temporarily paralyzed but soon returned to lead his battalion in the Battle of the Bulge; and

—–WHEREAS, When World War II formally ended, Richard J. Duchossois served as the military governor of Kreis Eichstadt in Germany and eventually rose to the rank of major; he was released from active service in 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars; and

—–WHEREAS, Richard L Duchossois joined the Thrall Car Manufacturing Company, becoming CEO and president; he subsequently purchased the Chamberlain Manufacturing Corp, later renamed Duchossois Industries, and became its chairman; and

—–WHEREAS, In 1967, Richard L. Duchossois purchased and developed Hill ‘N’ Dale Farm in Barrington Hills in McHenry County; it became one of Illinois’ top Thoroughbred breeding farms; in 1983, he purchased Arlington Park Race Track, which later merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated in 2000; and

—–WHEREAS, Richard L. Duchossois, affectionately known as “Mr. D”, developed Arlington Park International Race Track into one of the most beautiful and renowned horse racing facilities in the world; he has been awarded the American Jockey Club’s Gold Medal and the Joe Palmer Award for Meritorious Service to Racing from the National Turf Writers Association and was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame; he was also inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and named one of their Pillars of the Turf; and

—–WHEREAS, Richard L. Duchossois established the Duchossois Family Foundation (DFF), which has made donations in excess of $137 million to the University of Chicago Medical Center; these donations culminated in the establishment of the Duchossois Family Institute; through other philanthropic grants, the DFF has made substantial impacts upon dozens of charitable organizations benefiting thousands of people in Illinois and across the United States; and

—–WHEREAS, Richard L. Duchossois received the Sword of Loyola Award from Loyola University in Chicago in 2014; he became a director of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans so he could continue his dedication to his country and to the mission of educating current and future generations that freedom and independence are not free; therefore, be it

—–RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we wish Richard L. Duchossois, “Mr. D”, a very happy 100th birthday and many more happy and healthy years; and be it further

—–RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to Richard L. Duchossois as an expression of our good wishes.

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