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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  Members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  would  like to recognize milestone events in
 4    the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, Dr. Patricia Pickles, superintendent of  schools
 6    in  North  Chicago,  Illinois,  is  being honored as The Most
 7    Influential African American of  Lake  County  for  the  Year
 8    2001; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Dr. Patricia Pickles has brought a revitalizing
10    spirit to the North Chicago Community School  District  #187;
11    through  her  leadership  as chief executive officer, she has
12    turned  a  nearly  financially   and   spiritually   bankrupt
13    organization  into  a  progressive institution of learning in
14    the North Chicago community; and

15        WHEREAS, The North Chicago Community School District  has
16    a  student body of 4,840 pupils, 480 staff members and serves
17    Great Lakes Naval Training Center; and

18        WHEREAS, In her years as the district's  chief  executive
19    officer,  Dr.  Pickles  initiated  and  secured funds for the
20    district's largest construction project -  building  one  new
21    school  and  extending  and  reconfiguring  six  others,  her
22    influence  has  captured  the attention of local and regional
23    legislatures who  rallied  around  the  district's  plan  for
24    improvements;  she  oversaw the implementation of the State's
25    first  grades  K-12  mandatory  uniform  dress  code  policy,
26    presented at National  School  Boards  Association  in  March
27    2000,   and  published  in  American  School  Administrator's
28    Magazine in  December  2000;  she  established  and  utilized
29    technology  to  create management information systems to make
30    informed decisions; she  updated  and  revitalized  policies,
31    administrative   procedures,   curriculum  guides  and  adult
32    education programs that had been dormant for over ten  years;
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 1    she  expanded  the  district's  preschool and early childhood
 2    programs; she initiated the "Substitute in  Uniform  Program"
 3    with  officers  from  Great  Lakes Naval Training Center; she
 4    provided leadership in  negotiating  the  district's/county's
 5    first  five-year  teacher  union  contract;  and  she led the
 6    district to develop its first performance based  compensation
 7    plan for teachers; and

 8        WHEREAS, Selected honors, awards and coalitions that have
 9    been  bestowed  on  Dr.  Pickles  include: receiving the Most
10    Distinguished Alumnus Award from Illinois  Community  College
11    Trustees;  being  selected  by United States Congressman John
12    Porter to serve on Select Screening Committee for the  United
13    States  Military  Academy;  being recognized by the 100 Black
14    Men  of  Chicago,  Inc.  for  outstanding  contributions   in
15    education;  she was one of thirty administrators invited from
16    the United States and the United Kingdom to  present  at  the
17    Oxford  International  Round  Table  on  "Leadership  and the
18    Change Process" Article to be incorporated in textbooks  used
19    in  Education  Administration  Classes; and receiving the 1st
20    Crown Award, honoring women  making  a  difference  from  Top
21    Ladies of Distinction; and

22        WHEREAS, Dr. Pickles will be honored in a ceremony at The
23    Ramada Inn in Waukegan, Illinois on February 3, 2001 in which
24    she  will  be  recognized  as  the  Most  Influential African
25    American of Lake County for the year 2001; therefore, be it

28    we   congratulate   Dr.   Patricia   Pickles   for  her  many
29    accomplishments and being selected as  the  Most  Influential
30    African  American of Lake County for the Year 2001; and be it
31    further

32        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
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 1    presented  to  Dr.  Patricia  Pickles as an expression of our
 2    esteem.

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