State of Illinois
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 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
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 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

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
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 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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