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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish to express their sincere condolences to
 4    the family and friends of former  Illinois  State  Legislator
 5    Fred J. Tuerk, who passed away on August 16, 2001; and

 6        WHEREAS, Representative Tuerk was elected to the Illinois
 7    House  of  Representatives in 1968 and served 20 years before
 8    retiring; he was a member of the House Republican  leadership
 9    and  helped  pass  legislation  that  created  tax  increment
10    financing,  used extensively for city redevelopment projects;
11    and

12        WHEREAS, Fred J. Tuerk was  born  on  July  19,  1922  in
13    Peoria,  Illinois  to  Fred  W. and Anna L. Meagher Tuerk; he
14    married Mary M. Kieffer on March  17,  1945  in  Des  Moines,
15    Iowa; and

16        WHEREAS, Representative Tuerk served in the Mediterranean
17    during  World  War  II  in  the  United States Navy, where he
18    attained the rank of lieutenant junior grade; and

19        WHEREAS,  Representative  Tuerk  earned  a  bachelor   of
20    journalism  degree  from  the University of Missouri in 1946;
21    after graduation, he worked as a sports writer for the former
22    Peoria Star; he later worked as an industrial news writer for
23    Caterpillar Inc., editor of Caterpillar  World  magazine  and
24    Caterpillar  Folks  newspaper, and as a legislative and press
25    relations spokesman for Caterpillar; and

26        WHEREAS,   While   editing   Caterpillar    publications,
27    Representative    Tuerk    received   numerous   awards   and
28    commendations from the International  Council  of  Industrial
29    Editors and won three Freedom Foundation awards; and

30        WHEREAS,  As a state legislator, Representative Tuerk was
31    instrumental in landing State money for the  construction  of
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 1    the Peoria Civic Center and Comisky Park, home to the Chicago
 2    White Sox; in addition, he backed legislation that led to the
 3    construction  of  the second span of the McClugage Bridge and
 4    the extension of the Interstate 474 bypass to Illinois  Route
 5    29; and

 6        WHEREAS,   During  his  tenure  in  the  Illinois  House,
 7    Representative Tuerk  received  numerous  citations  for  his
 8    legislative  accomplishments,  including  the  Peoria Jaycees
 9    Good Government Award in 1979, and is listed  in  the  "Who's
10    Who  in American Politics"; he was named honorary chairman of
11    the Peoria Republican  Central  Committee  and  served  as  a
12    member  of  the Peoria County Republican organization and the
13    Second Ward Republican Club; and

14        WHEREAS, Representative Tuerk served on  the  legislative
15    committees  of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and the
16    Illinois Manufacturers' Association; he served  as  director,
17    vice  chairman,  and  chairman  of  Peoria  Savings  and Loan
18    Association and as director of River Valley Savings Bank; and

19        WHEREAS, Representative Tuerk served  as  a  Peoria  Park
20    Board trustee from 1963 to 1971; in addition, he was a member
21    and  past president of the Illinois Valley Press Club and was
22    a member of the Peoria Association of Commerce, the  Guardian
23    Angel  Home advisory board, the Knights of Columbus 427 Third
24    Degree  Spalding  Council,  the   Peoria   Public   Relations
25    Association,  and the Creve Coeur Club; he was also a member,
26    lector, and extraordinary minister at  St.  Vincent  de  Paul
27    Catholic Church; and

28        WHEREAS,  Representative  Tuerk  was actively involved in
29    fundraising efforts for the United Way, St.  Francis  Medical
30    Center, Bergan and Spalding high schools, the Boy Scouts, St.
31    Jude, and the American Cancer Society; and

32        WHEREAS, The passing of Representative Fred Tuerk will be
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 1    deeply  felt  by  all  who knew and loved him, especially his
 2    wife, Mary; his sons, William (wife, Vivian) Tuerk  and  John
 3    (wife,  Donna)  Tuerk;  his  daughters,  Therese Tuerk, Ellen
 4    Tuerk, Margaret Tuerk, Mary Tuerk,  Barbara  (husband,  Rich)
 5    McDermott,   and  Tina  (husband,  Kelly)  O'Keeffe;  his  11
 6    grandchildren;  his  nieces  and  nephews;   and   his   many
 7    colleagues  and  friends  on  both  sides of the aisle in the
 8    Illinois State Legislature; therefore, be it

11    we  mourn,  along  with all who knew him, the death of former
12    Illinois  State  Representative  Fred  J.  Tuerk  of  Peoria,
13    Illinois; and be it further

14        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
15    presented  to the family of Representative Fred J. Tuerk with
16    our sincere condolences.

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