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John “Doc” Davidson Memorial Highway

House Joint Resolution 21, which designates the section of Illinois Route 97 beginning at the intersection of Veterans Parkway in Springfield and ending at the intersection of County Highway 12 in Menard County as the John “Doc” Davidson Memorial Highway, just passed today 115-0-0.  You can see a Google Map here.

The text of the resolution:

 

WHEREAS, It is important to recognize those who contributed
to the betterment of the State of Illinois through public
service; and

WHEREAS, It is equally important that we do not forget the
contributions these individuals made in improving the State of
Illinois and the nation as a whole; and

WHEREAS, John “Doc” Davidson was born on August 31, 1924,
in West Point, Mississippi; he was the son of the late Homer
and Anna (Grossboll) Davidson; he married Shirley Beard on
August 8, 1953 and is the father of 3 and the grandfather of 6;
and

WHEREAS, John “Doc” Davidson was a chiropractor by trade;
he served in the United States Navy during World War II as a
tail gunner and served on the USS Ticonderoga; he was a member
and past president of the Springfield Jaycees, where he was
honored to be one of the Jaycees’ 10 Outstanding Young Men of
America for 1954-1955; he was a member of the American
Chiropractic Association, where he was the first recipient of
the National Chiropractor of the Year Award in 1973; he was a
member of the Illinois Chiropractic Society, the Masonic Shrine
Board, and American Legion Post #32; he was a founding member
of the Prairie State Games and a member of the Governor’s
Prayer Breakfast Committee; he was also a member of the
Sangamon County Board of Supervisors for 13 1/2 years and
served as the board’s chair for 2 1/2 years; and

WHEREAS, John “Doc” Davidson served as an Illinois State
Senator from 1973 to 1993, representing the 50th House District
covering Sangamon, Christian, and Montgomery Counties; his
greatest legislative accomplishment was ensuring that the SIU
School of Medicine was to be seated in Springfield, providing
world-class care to the City of Springfield and surrounding
areas; and

WHEREAS, The members of this august body believe it is
fitting to honor John “Doc” Davidson by dedicating the section
of Illinois Route 97 beginning at the intersection of Veterans
Parkway in Springfield and ending at the intersection of County
Highway 12 in Menard County as the John “Doc” Davidson Memorial
Highway; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
NINETY-EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE
SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that we designate the section of
Illinois Route 97 beginning at the intersection of Veterans
Parkway in Springfield and ending at the intersection of County
Highway 12 in Menard County as the John “Doc” Davidson Memorial
Highway; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Transportation
is requested to erect at suitable locations, consistent with
State and federal regulations, appropriate plaques or signs
giving notice of the name of the John “Doc” Davidson Memorial
Highway; and be it further

RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
presented to the Secretary of the Illinois Department of
Transportation and the family of John “Doc” Davidson.

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  1. May 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Nice work. He as a good man and a great servnt to our profesion and state.

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