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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, State Senator James F. "Jim" Rea,  our  esteemed
 3    colleague  from the 59th District in Christopher, has retired
 4    from the General Assembly after ten  years  of  distinguished
 5    service; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Born  in Mulkeytown on September 7, 1937, James
 7    Rea graduated from  the  Christopher  Community  Schools;  he
 8    received   special   training   at   the   National  Training
 9    Laboratories in Bethel, Maine; and  received  a  Bachelor  of
10    Science  Degree in Animal Husbandry & Biological Services and
11    a  Master  of  Science  Degree  in  Agriculture  Industry   &
12    Community  Development  at  Southern  Illinois  University in
13    Carbondale; and

14        WHEREAS, James Rea worked at the  Agriculture  Extension,
15    Southern    Illinois   University,   the   Community   Action
16    Association in West Virginia, the Illinois Office of Economic
17    Opportunity, the Governor's Office of the State of  Illinois,
18    and  the  Illinois  Department  of  Conservation before being
19    elected to the State Senate in 1989; and

20        WHEREAS, During his tenure as a Senator,  James  Rea  has
21    earned  a reputation for his honesty and integrity; he served
22    on the Committees on Financial  Institutions,  Public  Health
23    and  Welfare,  and  Administrative Rules, and was a member of
24    the Advisory Council on  Alcoholism  and  the  Illinois  Coal
25    Development Board; and

26        WHEREAS,  James Rea is devoted to his wife Josephine; his
27    children, James A. Rea, D.M.D., and  JoEllen  Brayfield;  and
28    his  grandchildren,  Steven  and Sara Brayfield and Aaron and
29    Dalton Rea; and

30        WHEREAS, James Rea serves as a member  of  the  Board  of
31    Directors  of  the Banterra Bank of Christopher, the National
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 1    Association for Community Development, the Rural Sociological
 2    Society, the National University Extension  Association,  the
 3    Community   Development  Society,  the  Illinois  Legislative
 4    Sportsman's Caucus, and the Illinois  Association  of  School
 5    Boards; and

 6        WHEREAS,  He is also affiliated with the Lion's Club, the
 7    Moose Lodge, the Elks Club, the Masonic Lodge, the  Shriners,
 8    and the American Legion; and

 9        WHEREAS,  He  has devoted his considerable talents to his
10    constituents and has received numerous awards and honors; and

11        WHEREAS, James Rea leaves an admirable record  of  public
12    service  as  his  legacy,  and  he  will  be  missed  by  his
13    colleagues and friends in the General Assembly; therefore, be
14    it

16    ASSEMBLY OF THE  STATE  OF  ILLINOIS,  that  we  express  our
17    heartiest congratulations to James Rea as he retires from the
18    General Assembly and extend our best wishes for the future as
19    a Field Representative with the Secretary of State; and be it
20    further

21        RESOLVED,  That  we  commend  him  on  his service in the
22    Senate of the State of Illinois; and be it further

23        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
24    presented to him with our admiration and appreciation.

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