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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are honored to recognize milestone events in
 4    the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, It  has  come  to  our  attention  that  Barbara
 6    Richardson  is celebrating her 25th anniversary of service in
 7    the Office of the Lake County Coroner on  February  1,  2002;
 8    and

 9        WHEREAS,  Barbara  Richardson has served in the Office of
10    the Lake County Coroner  since  February  1,  1977;  she  was
11    appointed  Coroner  by  the  Lake County Board on December 1,
12    1982 and elected to the office in November 1984, 1988,  1992,
13    1996,  and  2000; she is the first woman to serve Lake County
14    in this office; and

15        WHEREAS, Ms. Richardson is a graduate of Warren  Township
16    High  School  in  Gurnee;  in  addition,  she was a part-time
17    student at the College of Lake County and  completed  courses
18    in  Medicolegal Death Investigator Training, Forensic Science
19    Administration, a Master's Course in Death  Investigation  at
20    St.  Louis University and over 100 additional courses in this
21    field; and

22        WHEREAS, Ms.  Richardson  is  a  current  member  of  the
23    following boards and professional organizations; the American
24    Board of Forensic Examiners; the American Cancer Society; the
25    College of Lake County Foundation; HealthReach Clinic for the
26    Medically  Underserved; HIV/AIDS Alexian Brothers, the Harbor
27    Advisory Council; the Illinois High School &  College  Driver
28    Education  Association,  the  Inc.  Task  Force; the Illinois
29    Police Association; the  Infant  Mortality  &  SIDS  Advisory
30    Committee;   the  International  Association  of  Coroners  &
31    Medical Examiners; the Lake County Chiefs of Police; the Lake
32    County  Food  Resource  Council;  the  Lake  County  Domestic
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 1    Violence Council; the Lake County Health Department-Community
 2    Health Services Advisory Committee;  the  Lake  County  Women
 3    Interested  in Government; the Lake County Women's Coalition;
 4    the Northern Illinois Council  on  Alcoholism  and  Substance
 5    Abuse; the Salvation Army Advisory Board; and the St. Therese
 6    Hospice Board; and

 7        WHEREAS,  In  addition,  she  served  as  a member of the
 8    Altrusa Club  International  of  Lake  County,  the  American
 9    Legion  Auxiliary,  the  Girl  Scouts  of America, the Gurnee
10    Community Church, Gurnee's Women Club, the Sorosis Chapter of
11    Eastern Star (more than 50 years), as the past  president  of
12    the  United  Protestant  Church  Women's Fellowship, and as a
13    member of the YMCA of Lake County; she is  also  a  volunteer
14    for  A Safe Place, the All Lake County Food Drive, the Gurnee
15    Community Church, LaCASA, P.A.D.S., and The Harbor; and

16        WHEREAS,  Ms.  Richardson  has  been  the  recipient   of
17    numerous  honors  and  commendations, including the Rev. Brad
18    Lutz  Leadership  &  Service  Award,  the  Northern  Illinois
19    Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse  Humanitarian  Award,
20    the  Girl Scouts-Woman of Achievement Award, the BPW Illinois
21    Working Woman of the Year Award,  the  Warren  Township  High
22    School Hall of Fame, the Grayslake Exchange Club Golden Deeds
23    Award,  the Heart of America Award, Grant Township Republican
24    Club-Ethics in Politics Award, the Joyce Fitzgerald  Memorial
25    Award,  Women  in  Management  Achievement Award, the YMCA of
26    Lake County Outstanding Achievement Award, and  the  Illinois
27    Prairie  Girl  Scout  Council  Woman of Achievement Award; in
28    addition, she was an Honorary  Commander  of  the  Navy  Drug
29    Screening  Lab at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, and
30    a 1990 listing in the Who's Who in Government Service; and

31        WHEREAS, A lifetime resident of  Lake  County,  Illinois,
32    Barbara Richardson is married to Donald L. Cannon, and is the
33    mother  of  three  children  and  the  grandmother  of  seven
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 1    grandchildren; therefore, be it

 4    we congratulate Barbara Richardson on her 25th anniversary of
 5    dedication and service as Lake  County  Coroner;  and  be  it
 6    further

 7        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 8    presented to Barbara  Richardson  as  an  expression  of  our
 9    esteem.

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