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92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the House of  Representatives  of
 3    the  State  of  Illinois  wish to congratulate Representative
 4    Gwenn Klingler on her service to  the  people  of  the  100th
 5    District; and

 6        WHEREAS,   Representative   Klingler  is  a  resident  of
 7    Springfield; she is married to Dr. Gerald  Klingler  and  has
 8    two  grown,  married children and one grandson; she graduated
 9    from Ohio Wesleyan University and later received  a  master's
10    degree  in  biology from the University of Michigan; she went
11    on to receive a law degree with honors from George Washington
12    University; and

13        WHEREAS, Representative Klingler served as an alderman on
14    the Springfield City Council from 1991 to 1995 where she  was
15    chairman  of  the  Public  Safety  Committee;  she  was twice
16    elected to the Springfield District 186  School  Board  where
17    she  served  from 1987 to 1991; she served as Board President
18    in 1988; and

19        WHEREAS, Since first  being  elected   to  the  House  of
20    Representatives  in  1994,  Representative  Klingler has been
21    regarded as a child's advocate; in  1998,  she  received  the
22    Daycare  Action  Award; she helped to pass the Foster Parents
23    Bill of Rights; she has served as the  Spokesperson  for  the
24    Children and Youth Committee of the House of Representatives;
25    she  was  chief sponsor of the Sex Offender Registration bill
26    and Public Act 92-137 ("Heather's  Law")  as  well  as  House
27    Resolution  63,  which  created  the  Illinois  After  School
28    Initiative;  she donated legislative scholarships to DCFS for
29    foster children who are wards of the court; and

30        WHEREAS, Representative Klingler worked  hard  for  State
31    employees;  she  co-sponsored  the  Early Retirement Plan for
32    State Employees, which enabled State employees to  retire  as
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 1    early as 50 years old, saving jobs and State money; and

 2        WHEREAS,  Representative  Klingler consistently worked to
 3    bring State money to the 100th district;  she  sponsored  the
 4    Springfield   Medical  District  bill,  which  established  a
 5    commission to create a master plan to redevelop  the  medical
 6    district   neighborhood   and   expand   existing  healthcare
 7    facilities as well as attract new facilities; and

 8        WHEREAS,  Representative  Klingler  was  instrumental  in
 9    securing funding for a new classroom  at  the  University  of
10    Illinois  at  Springfield;  she  was a major supporter of the
11    construction process of the new Lincoln Presidential Library;
12    and

13        WHEREAS, Representative Klingler has  received  community
14    honors in recognition of her work; she received the Charlotte
15    Danstron  Award  from  Women-In-Management  for  the Women of
16    Achievement in Government Award in 1994, and in 1996 received
17    the   Distinguished   Leadership   Award   from    Leadership
18    Springfield  that  is  sponsored  by  the Greater Springfield
19    Chamber  of  Commerce;  she  received  the  1999  Legislative
20    Leadership  Award  from  the  Illinois  Alcoholism  and  Drug
21    Dependence  Association;  further,  she  received  the   1999
22    Goodwill,  SPARC,  and  National Association for the Mentally
23    Ill Award, the 2001 Anti-Hunger Advocate Award, and the  2002
24    Illinois Women in Government Award; and

25        WHEREAS,  Representative  Klingler  remains active in the
26    community  and  serves  on  a  number  of  Springfield   area
27    community committees; she is a member of the Human Values and
28    Ethics  Committee  at  Memorial  Hospital,  the  Chancellor's
29    Advisory   Committee   at   the  University  of  Illinois  at
30    Springfield, and the Central Illinois Blood Bank  Board;  she
31    is  a  member of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce,
32    Women-In-Management, Springfield  Rotary  International,  and
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 1    the Sangamon County Medical Alliance; therefore, be it

 4    we congratulate Representative Gwenn Klingler on a  job  well
 5    done; and be it further

 6        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 7    presented to Representative Klingler, along with our  sincere
 8    regards.

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