The celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth continued with the adoption February 10 of a Senate Resolution sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins, honoring Illinois’ only native-born President.

Senate Resolution 48 honors Reagan’s youth in Illinois, his career in motion pictures, his military service, and his service as the Governor of California from 1967 to 1975. In particular, lawmakers praised his Presidential legacy of leadership, optimism and prosperity.

Born in Tampico on February 6, 1911, Reagan spent his formative years in Illinois – growing up in Dixon and graduating from Eureka College before traveling west to explore a career in broadcasting and acting.

“I would like to talk a little bit about our hometown hero from Dixon, Illinois – my hometown where I grew up,” Senator Bivins said.

The 45th District Senator said his first knowledge of Ronald Reagan was in the late 1950s when he found a newspaper article about actor Ronald Reagan at his grandmother’s house. A year later, he was watching a movie in which Reagan changed a line in the script to reference “a little town along the Rock River called Dixon, Illinois.”" />

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