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90_SJ0072 SDS/90SJR0010/mrp 1 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The death of a former colleague is an occasion 3 of sadness for this General Assembly; and 4 WHEREAS, Grace Mary Stern began her distinguished 5 government career by being elected to the Lake County Board 6 in 1966 and in 1970 she was elected as Lake County Clerk, the 7 first Democrat to be elected countywide since the Civil War; 8 and 9 WHEREAS, In 1982, as the Democratic candidate for 10 Lieutenant Governor, and as the first woman slated by the 11 Democratic Party for Statewide office, Grace Mary Stern 12 brought a joyous enthusiasm to the campaign and she gained 13 prominence for her hard work and thoughtful expressions on 14 the issues confronting the people of the State of Illinois; 15 and 16 WHEREAS, Continuing her call to public service, in 1984 17 Grace Mary Stern was elected to the Illinois House of 18 Representatives of the 84th General Assembly and served with 19 distinction in that body in the 85th, 86th and 87th General 20 Assemblies by serving as Chairman of the Committee on Mental 21 Health and ably serving on the Committee on Judiciary II, the 22 Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education, the 23 Committee on Small Business and many other committees; and 24 WHEREAS, In 1992, Grace Mary Stern was elected to the 25 Illinois State Senate of the 88th General Assembly, serving 26 on the Committee on Local Government and Elections and the 27 Committee on Judiciary and was frequently sought for her 28 opinions and counsel on issues of importance to all people of 29 Illinois; and 30 WHEREAS, Grace Mary Stern was known for her wonderful 31 sense of humor and in particular by adapting her own mirthful -2- SDS/90SJR0010/mrp 1 lyrics to popular songs to satirize and commiserate the lives 2 of women, politicians and everyday life and the issues that 3 confront society in the General Assembly; and 4 WHEREAS, Grace Mary Stern won numerous honors and awards, 5 including the Illinois Association of School Boards Golden 6 Apple Award, the Highland Park Humanitarian Award, and the 7 YWCA of Lake and McHenry Counties Lifetime Achievement Award 8 and has been honored by the creation of the Grace Mary Stern 9 Scholarship Foundation which has been established for Women's 10 Studies at Roosevelt University; and 11 WHEREAS, Grace Mary Stern was an effective advocate for 12 improving the quality of education and mental health services 13 of the State and was a strong defender of individual rights; 14 and 15 WHEREAS, Grace Mary Stern was truly devoted to her 16 family, especially her husband, Herbert "Hub" Stern and their 17 children, Gwen, Herbert, Robert, Ann, Peter, Thomas, John, Jo 18 Ann, Mark and Leonard and their spouses, and their ten 19 grandchildren; and 20 WHEREAS, As Grace Mary Stern embarked upon her 21 legislative career in 1985, she penned these words to her 22 constituents which truly reflect her respect for the process 23 of government and politics, "Dear neighbor, you have launched 24 me on an unpredictable and challenging experience, and I'm 25 enjoying it enormously, even as I try to represent this 26 diverse district faithfully and energetically. Everything is 27 new, sometimes baffling and always exhilarating. When I 28 catch sight of the Capitol dome, gleaming over the Centennial 29 Building in the early morning sun, I really have a sense of 30 the history this place has seen and a kind of pride for my 31 part in it."; and 32 WHEREAS, Grace Mary Stern has left an indelible mark on -3- SDS/90SJR0010/mrp 1 the politics and government of Illinois with her wit, 2 enthusiasm and stength, for she gave much more than she ever 3 received and did so unselfishly; therefore be it 4 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 5 OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, That we hereby offer our sincerest 6 condolences to the family of Grace Mary Stern, for we share 7 their loss and we will always remember this happy warrior who 8 gave so much of herself for our State; and be it further 9 RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this preamble and 10 resolution be presented to the family of Grace Mary Stern as 11 a measure of our esteem for our beloved friend, mentor and 12 fellow legislator.
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