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92_SR0465 LRB9217377BHbh 1 SENATE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened 3 to learn of the death of Joanne Maxwell of Naperville, who 4 passed away June 20, 2002; and 5 WHEREAS, Mrs. Maxwell was a force in DuPage County 6 Republican politics who also helped direct a number of 7 candidates to the state and national stages, including U.S. 8 House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert of Yorkville; 9 and 10 WHEREAS, Mrs. Maxwell provided a voice for the political 11 emergence of the far western suburbs as a journalist, 12 consultant, and public relations executive, delivering a 13 carefully crafted understanding of social and voting trends 14 with her trademark candor; and 15 WHEREAS, Mrs. Maxwell had a passion for politics and a 16 lot of political savvy; many politicians sought her advice, 17 which was always straight and to the point; and 18 WHEREAS, Mrs. Maxwell's interest in politics was 19 homegrown, and she encouraged her mother, Phoebe Dutcher, to 20 become active in Republican politics; in 1960, Mrs. Dutcher 21 became the first woman elected to a countywide office in 22 DuPage County, defeating an incumbent to win the office of 23 recorder of deeds; and 24 WHEREAS, Mrs. Maxwell graduated from Monmouth College in 25 1953 and began her career in journalism at the Glen Ellyn 26 News; in 1956, after serving as president of the DuPage 27 County News Service, she became editor and owner of the 28 Naperville Clarion; among the honors Mrs. Maxwell received 29 for her work, she became the first woman named "Editor of the 30 Year" by the Illinois Press Association; and 31 WHEREAS, In 1964, Mrs. Maxwell turned her focus directly -2- LRB9217377BHbh 1 to politics and served as the campaign manager for John N. 2 Erlenborn's election to Congress; serving as Erlenborn's 3 chief of staff and executive assistant, Mrs. Maxwell became a 4 key behind-the-scenes player whose work included assisting 5 the careers of now-retired federal Judge William J. Bauer and 6 now-retired U.S. Representative Harris Fawell; and 7 WHEREAS, In 1984, Mrs. Maxwell launched a full-time 8 public relations and consulting business called "Attention! 9 Inc.," using it as a platform over the next 16 years to play 10 a role in public policy and private business; and 11 WHEREAS, Mrs. Maxwell was also the founder and first 12 president of the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public 13 Service Series, a program that helps educate Republican women 14 about government and public policy as well as campaign 15 strategy for winning public office; and 16 WHEREAS, Mrs. Maxwell served on the Monmouth College 17 Board of Trustees, the Illinois Humanities Council and as the 18 ethics officer for Lisle Township; she was a member of 19 Illinois St. Andrews Society, Daughters of the American 20 Revolution, the Illinois Mennonite Historical Society, the 21 Glen Ellyn Stamp Club, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae, the Calusa 22 Land Trust Museum of the Islands (Pine Island, Florida), and 23 the Pine Island Art League; and 24 WHEREAS, Joanne Maxwell will be deeply missed by all 25 those who knew her and loved her, especially her husband, 26 Donald; her daughters, Donna Jo Maxwell Ruscik and Barbara 27 Lee Maxwell Cherep; and her three grandchildren; therefore, 28 be it 29 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SECOND GENERAL 30 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with 31 her family and friends, the death of Joanne Maxwell; and be 32 it further -3- LRB9217377BHbh 1 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 2 presented to the family of Joanne Maxwell with our sincere 3 condolences.
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