Gov. Blagojevich signs law creating Demuzio
Governmental Internship Program
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[AUG. 15, 2005]
SPRINGFIELD -- In honor
of the late State Senate Majority Leader Vince Demuzio, Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich signed legislation Aug. 5 creating the Vince Demuzio
Governmental Internship Program.
House Bill 2435, which unanimously passed both the House and Senate,
allows for up to 30 undergraduate students from the Southern Illinois
University campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville to be placed in state
government internships while earning academic credit and a stipend.
"Vince Demuzio dedicated his life to serving the people of this
state and was a champion of education during his long tenure at the
Statehouse. This is a fitting way to honor his memory," Blagojevich
said. "These students will learn firsthand about the governmental
process and, hopefully, will be inspired to serve our state as the
next generation of leaders."
The legislation was sponsored by Rep.
Gary Hannig, D-Gillespie, from Demuzio's hometown and the late
senator's wife, Sen. Deanna Demuzio, D-Carlinville.
"I am very pleased HB 2435 has been signed into law," Mrs.
Demuzio said. "Vince had a passion for helping students learn the
intricacies of the legislative process and was a mentor to many
individuals. This legislation will provide students financial help
as well as 'on the job' experience."
"Vince Demuzio was a great friend not only to the people of his
district, but for the entire state of Illinois," Hannig said. "This
scholarship fund named in his honor is a great way to memorialize
that commitment to public service by allowing our students to gain
experience directly with state government."
The late senator, a resident of Carlinville, was first elected to
the General Assembly in 1974, making him the longest-serving member
of the Senate as well as the Senate majority leader at the time of
his death in April 2004. Demuzio earned his bachelor's degree in
1981 and his master's in 1996, both from what is now the University
of Illinois at Springfield. From 1986 until 1990, he served as the
state chair of the Democratic Party, the first downstate official to
hold the post in decades.
The fiscal 2006 budget allocates $250,000 to the internship
program. The legislation is effective immediately.
[News release from the governor's office]