STATE OF ILLINOIS
WHEREAS, the Preamble of the Constitution of the State of Illinois states that the People of the State of Illinois are “grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors;” and
WHEREAS, the Constitution of Illinois guarantees freedom of religious speech and worship to all citizens; and
WHEREAS, Illinois is richly blessed in natural beauty and natural resources, reflecting its natural beauty; and
WHEREAS, the week of Thanksgiving is an appropriate time to center attention on our thanks to God for His great and good providence and for one’s faith, which is part of Illinois’ history.
THEREFORE, I George H. Ryan, Governor of the State of Illinois proclaim November 19-25, 2000, as CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK in Illinois.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Illinois to be affixed.
Done at the Capitol in the City of Springfield this twentieth day of June, in the Year of Our Lord two thousand, and
of the State of Illinois the one hundred and EIGHTY-SECOND
GEORGE H. RYAN
SECRETARY OF STATE