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Full Text of SR1760  99th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Evelyn M. Bowles of Edwardsville, who
4passed away on April 8, 2016; and
5    WHEREAS, Evelyn Bowles was born in Worden on April 22, 1921
6to Ira and Anna (Augustine) Bowles; she served in the United
7States Coast Guard-SPARS (Women's Reserve) as a Yeoman from
81943 to 1945 in the Intelligence Division; and
9    WHEREAS, Evelyn Bowles worked as an elementary school
10teacher in Livingston in 1951; she joined the Madison County
11Clerk's Office in 1957 after accepting a summer job; and
12    WHEREAS, Evelyn Bowles served as Madison County Clerk from
131972 to 1994; she swore in the first female Assistant State's
14Attorney in Madison County, Stephanie Robbins, in 1976; and
16    WHEREAS, Evelyn Bowles served as an Illinois State Senator
17from 1994 to 2002; she quickly became known as an active and
18colorful member of the Senate, and a bit of a renegade; she was
19on the Senate Agricultural and Conservation Committee; and
20    WHEREAS, As a State Senator, Evelyn Bowles' greatest pride
21came in sponsoring legislation that made Illinois the first



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1state to regulate the reuse of surgical devices designed for
2one-time only use; and
3    WHEREAS, Evelyn Bowles retired in 2002; under State law,
4she could have kept her leftover campaign funds, but instead
5chose to establish a scholarship for future public servants at
6Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; and
7    WHEREAS, Evelyn Bowles held many memberships, including
8St. Mary Catholic Church in Edwardsville, where she served as
9the first Chairman of the Parish Council; she also belonged to
10the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal
11Employees; Business Professional Women; Daughters of Isabella;
12Association of American Retired People; American Legion Post
13199; Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Library;
14Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association;
15and Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation;
17    WHEREAS, Evelyn Bowles was preceded in death by her parents
18and her brother, Ira Bowles Jr.; therefore, be it
20ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
21Evelyn M. Bowles, and extend our sincere condolences to her
22family, friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it



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2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the family of Evelyn Bowles as an expression of
4our deepest sympathy.