WHEREAS particle accelerators are the scientific tools for discovery of the fundamental nature of the universe;
WHEREAS advances in the technology of particle accelerators produce significant benefits not only to basic science but to health care, medical research, manufacturing, materials science, and to the economy of the State of Illinois and the nation;
WHEREAS Northern Illinois, the home of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory and of Illinois research universities, is a world leader in advanced accelerator research and development;
WHEREAS particle accelerators at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory provide unparalleled scientific research opportunities for thousands of scientists and students from throughout the state of Illinois, the nation and the world;
WHEREAS Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have signed a Memorandum of Understanding combining their scientific and technical capabilities for accelerator research and development to accomplish unique scientific goals and to strengthen the world leadership of the State of Illinois in accelerator physics;
THEREFORE, I, Governor Rod Blagojevich, proclaim April 21st Particle Accelerator Day in Illinois and encourage all citizens to recognize the contributions of particle accelerators to scientific discovery and to the economic strength of Illinois and the nation.