1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, For 22 years, Laura Kent Donahue  has  dedicated
 3    her life to serving the people of western Illinois; and

 4        WHEREAS,  Laura  had the privilege of serving in the same
 5    area her mother, Mary Lou Kent, represented; and

 6        WHEREAS, She began her legislative service in  the  State
 7    Senate in 1981; and

 8        WHEREAS,  She  was appointed an Assistant Majority Leader
 9    in the  Illinois  State  Senate  in  1997  after  serving  as
10    Majority Caucus Chairman for four years; and

11        WHEREAS,  As  a lawmaker, Laura secured nearly $1 billion
12    for road and bridge improvements in her district since  1981;
13    and

14        WHEREAS,  Her dedication to improving the funding process
15    for downstate nursing homes  and  hospitals  has  earned  her
16    numerous  legislative awards from the Illinois Association of
17    Homes for the Aging, the Illinois Hospital  Association,  the
18    Illinois  Association  of  Rehabilitation  Facilities and the
19    Illinois Healthcare Association; and

20        WHEREAS, She has devoted much  of  her  time  and  energy
21    toward finding a resolution to the education funding issue in
22    Illinois; and

23        WHEREAS,  Laura  was  instrumental in bringing a juvenile
24    prison facility to Rushville, adult prison facilities to  Mt.
25    Sterling and Canton and work camps to Clayton and Pittsfield;
26    and

27        WHEREAS,  She is a member of the Vermont Street Methodist
28    Church in Quincy; and

29        WHEREAS, She is a member of the Daughters of the American
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 1    Revolution, the Lincoln Club of  Adams  County  and  the  PEO
 2    Chapter MK; and

 3        WHEREAS,  She  graduated  with  a  bachelor's degree from
 4    Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri; and

 5        WHEREAS, She is respected by  her  colleagues  from  both
 6    political parties for her honesty and integrity; and

 7        WHEREAS,  Laura  will be remembered as a Senator who took
 8    her responsibility as an advocate for her district seriously;
 9    therefore be it

11    ASSEMBLY  OF  THE  STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we recognize Laura
12    Kent Donahue  for  her  accomplishments  as  she  leaves  the
13    Illinois Senate and wish her success in her future endeavors;
14    and be it further

15        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of  this preamble and
16    resolution be presented to Laura Kent Donahue  to  honor  her
17    for her years of service to the citizens of Illinois.