Honoring the Achievements of Victory Bell and Chuck Jeffersonby Representative Cheri Bustos
Posted on 2013-12-12
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Mrs. BUSTOS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Victory Bell
and Chuck Jefferson, who were recently honored by the Booker Washington
Center in Rockford, Illinois.
Vic Bell and Chuck Jefferson have both been incredible leaders in the Rockford community for decades. The first African-American elected to the Rockford City Council, Alderman Bell served for 38 years before retiring in 2009. During his years representing Rockford's most diverse ward, Bell helped increase diversity throughout city government and fought to bring economic development projects to all of Rockford. He was an inspiration and a mentor to many who have since entered public service or joined the City Council and, in 1999, he was named one of the Rockford Register Star's ``100 people of the Century.'' Chuck Jefferson has been serving as State Representative for Illinois' 67th District since 2001 and is currently the Assistant Majority Leader in the State Assembly. After completing six years of service in the Army, Representative Jefferson moved to Rockford with his wife and began his career in public service. He has been involved in numerous community organizations over the years, including the New Zion Day Care Center, United Way and the Rockford Sportsmen Golf Association, which organizes after-school programs for underprivileged youth.
The Booker Washington Community Center in Rockford is Illinois' oldest African-American community center. It hosts an impressive array of programs for people of all ages dedicated to art, music, violence prevention, education and much more.
Mr. Speaker, I'd like to again congratulate Vic Bell and Chuck Jefferson and thank the Booker Washington Center for recognizing their many years of dedicated service to the people of Rockford.