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HR0094 93rd General Assembly


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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  would  like to recognize Diane Nilan for her
 4    tireless efforts to protect the  rights  of  homeless  people
 5    throughout this State; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Diane  Nilan  attended  the  University  of St.
 7    Francis where she received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy;
 8    she also attended Joliet Jr.  College  for  special  interest
 9    courses; and

10        WHEREAS, Diane Nilan successfully created and lobbied for
11    State  and  federal  legislation,  including  the  passage of
12    "Charlie's Bill" which protects homeless children's rights in
13    education; and

14        WHEREAS, Diane Nilan is a board member and past president
15    of the  Illinois  Coalition  to  End  Homelessness;  she  has
16    planned   and  coordinated  local,  statewide,  and  national
17    advocacy activities along with many  other  tasks  including:
18    developing  and  conducting legislative campaigns; recruiting
19    and initiating new board members; soliciting major  funds  in
20    support of the organization; and she has pressed for improved
21    discharge  policies  from State corrections and mental health
22    institutions; and

23        WHEREAS, Since 1990, Diane Nilan has been  the  Associate
24    Director  of  the Hesed House and the Program Director of the
25    Public Action to  Deliver  Shelter  (PADS);  she  has  edited
26    agency  newsletters  increasing  circulation  from  6,000  to
27    9,500,  and solidified volunteer support from 5,000 people to
28    over 60 faith communities as primary shelter staff;  she  has
29    raised  visibility  of the agency in the media to improve its
30    image and  produced  brochures,  displays,  and  websites  to
31    convey the agency's mission and its accomplishments; her work
32    for   the   organizations'   has   included  everything  from
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 1    successfully replicating the PADS shelter  model  in  over  a
 2    dozen   communities   to  implementing  and  supervising  new
 3    programs such as medical clinic, legal assistance, and summer
 4    tent camp; and

 5        WHEREAS, In the past, Diane Nilan served  as  Development
 6    Director  for  Catholic  Charities;  she is the Will Co. PADS
 7    Shelter Founder, and served as an Independent Contractor; she
 8    also served as board  member  and  chair  for  the  Statewide
 9    Housing Action Coalition; and

10        WHEREAS,  Diane  Nilan  has  worked  to  empower homeless
11    people to move forward so that they might help themselves and
12    others; therefore, be it

15    we honor Diane Nilan and thank her for her dedication to help
16    end  injustices  and  suffering   caused   by   poverty   and
17    homelessness;  and we wish her health and happiness in all of
18    her future endeavors; and be it further

19        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
20    presented to Diane D. Nilan with our respect and esteem.