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Illinois declares Jan. 17 ‘Betty White Day’

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The Illinois General Assembly has passed a resolution declaring Jan. 17 as Betty White Day.

White, who passed away at the age of 99 on Dec. 31, 2021, was born in Oak Park near Chicago.

While known to recent generations for her roles in The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland, White’s career spanned decades. In fact, in 2018, she earned a Guinness World Record for working longer in television than anyone else. During her very long career, she had also been a supporter of animal welfare, racial justice and LGBTQ rights.

The resolution cited White’s contribution to entertainment and activism, highlighting her featuring a Black tap dancer, Arthur Duncan, on her variety show. Her refusal to reduce his time on screen later lead to her show being canceled.

RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we declare January 17, 2022 as “Betty White Day” in the State of Illinois to commemorate the deeply devoted, artistic, visionary, and philanthropic spirit of Betty White; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That we mourn the passing of Betty White and extend our sincere condolences to her family, friends, many coworkers, and all who knew and loved her; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to the family of Betty White as an expression of our deepest sympathy.

Illinois General Assembly, Jan. 5, 2022

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