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Quigley, Schakowsky Lead Resolution Honoring Loyola University Chicago 150th Anniversary

Sep 15, 2020
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky, along with members of the Illinois Delegation, and alumni of Loyola University Chicago, introduced a resolution honoring Loyola’s 150th Anniversary, which officially took place earlier this month on September 5, 2020. The resolution is co-sponsored by Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi, Danny Davis, Dan Lipinski, Cheri Bustos, Robin Kelly, Bill Foster, Brad Schneider, Darin LaHood, Jesús "Chuy" García, Sean Casten, Bobby Rush, and Lauren Underwood, all members of the Illinois Delegation, as well as Representative Greg Pence, an alumnus of Loyola University Chicago.

“Loyola forms part of the heart of Chicago. Its graduates serve our city as lawyers, teachers, and nurses, and support our public health, environmental, and communications systems.” said Quigley, an alumnus of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. “Chicago would not be the same without Loyola’s 150 years of serving our communities and I know I would not be the same without the time I spent at Loyola’s law school.”

“Loyola’s commitment to its students and traditions of service have made it a cornerstone of Chicago,” said Schakowsky. “For 150 years it has given back to the community and prepared its students to take on the challenges of their time. It’s an honor to have Loyola in my district and to represent such a great institution.”

“Since its founding in 1870 to serve a burgeoning immigrant population, Loyola University Chicago has nurtured the dreams of generations and helped drive the growth of the city and region,” said Loyola president Dr. Jo Ann Rooney. “As we navigate a new era in higher education, we are grateful for this congressional recognition and the partnership of our global communities. We celebrate this anniversary by continuing to build on a 150-year legacy of education, research, and service that responds to the needs of the world.”

As detailed in the resolution, Loyola University Chicago was established 150 years ago to serve Chicago’s Catholic immigrants. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, what was then known as St. Ignatius College served as a safe haven for its neighborhood. St Ignatius College was re-chartered as Loyola University in 1909 and in 1970 officially changed its name to Loyola University Chicago in honor of its centennial.

Today, Loyola is one of Chicago’s anchor universities, enrolling more than 17,000 students and employing more than 4,000 faculty and staff. Over 95 percent of Loyola students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree are hired within 3 months of their graduation, Loyola’s Community Nursing Center provides home visits for the elderly in several communities on Chicago’s northeast side – a service more critical than ever during the ongoing pandemic – and Loyola’s Health Justice Project provides pro bono legal and social services to vulnerable populations on Chicago’s west and north sides.

The full text of the resolution is available HERE.