June 9, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 91 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
HONORING THE LIFE OF VIVIAN HICKEY; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 91
(Extensions of Remarks - June 09, 2016)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E868] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE LIFE OF VIVIAN HICKEY ______ HON. CHERI BUSTOS of illinois in the house of representatives Thursday, June 9, 2016 Mrs. BUSTOS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and legacy of Vivian Hickey, who passed away on April 28, 2016 at the age of 100. She will be greatly missed by the Rockford community after influencing so many lives during her many years of service to the State of Illinois. As a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the original Rock Valley College's Board of Trustees, and the Illinois State Senate, Vivian was an icon and force in Rockford politics and public education. She was first appointed to the Illinois Senate to fill the 34th District seat following the death of Betty Ann Keegan in 1974, sparking the tradition of what soon became known as ``The Woman's Seat'' in Rockford. Vivian went on to serve one full term in that role, survived a fight against cancer, and became known as an impassioned leader in Illinois and an independent fighter for women and families. Vivian was a true inspiration for many people, whose passion and dedication made her a uniting force within our region. Mr. Speaker, I am grateful for Vivian's contributions and service to our community, and my thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family during this difficult time. ____________________