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92_HR0813 LRB9216620BHbh 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of 3 Representatives are pleased to recognize significant events 4 in the lives of the citizens of Illinois; and 5 WHEREAS, Molly Federici, founder of Physicians Filing 6 Service in Mt. Vernon, has received the Small Business Person 7 of the Year award; and 8 WHEREAS, Molly Federici's knowledge of small business 9 came early in her life from her father, Leon, co-founder of 10 Shapiro Brothers in Missouri; and 11 WHEREAS, In 1956, Molly Federici graduated from Festus 12 High School and began her education at Fontbonne College in 13 St. Louis, Missouri; she later transferred to Drake 14 University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated with a 15 B.S. in Education; and 16 WHEREAS, While attending Drake, she met Gino Federici and 17 they married July 1, 1961; after graduation, the couple moved 18 back to Festus; Mrs. Federici began teaching business law at 19 Fox High School and Mr. Federici began working at the scrap 20 processing plant; in 1967, the family moved to Mt. Vernon to 21 open Shapiro Brothers of Illinois, where Molly managed the 22 office; and 23 WHEREAS, In 1985, Molly's sister, Margaret, told her of a 24 medical electronic billing service; after learning more about 25 the process and the need for this service in the Midwestern 26 States, Physician Filing Service (PFS) was born; in 1986, PFS 27 opened on Broadway as the first accredited billing service in 28 Illinois; and 29 WHEREAS, In 1991, Blue Cross Blue Shield selected PFS for 30 a pilot system, which connected PFS to its main frame in 31 Chicago; in 1995, PFS began doing business with Medline -2- LRB9216620BHbh 1 Industries, a major manufacturer of durable medical 2 equipment; and 3 WHEREAS, This year, PFS celebrated a major milestone; the 4 business that began with two employees and borrowed equipment 5 now employs 140 Jefferson County residents, services 100 6 physicians, 45 home medical equipment companies, and has 7 processed approximately 202, 000,000 claims and billed more 8 than $1 billion; this success is directly attributed to the 9 PFS team's uncompromising commitment, tireless drive and 10 desire to be the best; and 11 WHEREAS, In addition to being a successful business 12 owner, Mrs. Federici is an active member of her community; 13 she is active in the Downtown Development Commission; in the 14 past she has been active in St. Mary's Catholic Church, the 15 Mitchell Museum, The United Way of Jefferson County, Mt. 16 Vernon School District 80 Foundation, and the American Cancer 17 Society; and 18 WHEREAS, Mrs. Federici is the proud mother of Toni 19 Federici, Mary Federici-Burgan, Mia Federici-Baker, and 20 Michael Federici; therefore, be it 21 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 22 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 23 we congratulate Molly Federici on her achievement of the 24 Small Business Person of the Year award; and be it further 25 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 26 presented to Molly Federici as an expression of our esteem.
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