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Full Text of HR1296  94th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, The members of the House of Representatives of the
3 State of Illinois learned with sadness of the death of DuPage
4 County Board Vice Chair, John Noel of Glen Ellyn, on Friday,
5 April 28, 2006; and
6     WHEREAS, Mr. Noel was serving his second term as a Board
7 Member for DuPage County, and had been Vice Chair of the DuPage
8 County Board since 2005; he was first elected to office in 2000
9 and had served as Chairman of the Public Transit Committee and
10 the Community Development Commission and had been a member of
11 the Finance, Stormwater, Technology, and Transportation
12 Committees; he was considered a regional leader and consensus
13 builder on the issues of expanding public transportation; in
14 2005, he was recognized as the Intergovernmental Leader of the
15 Year by the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference; and
16     WHEREAS, He is remembered as an excellent public servant,
17 both thoughtful in his decision-making and progressive in his
18 ideas; he had the respect of his peers because he was known as
19 a strong, yet calm and caring voice on the Board; he worked to
20 be a listener, consensus-builder, and a voice for positive
21 change; he had a practical and reasoned approach to complicated
22 issues and an unquestioned integrity and sense of decency; and
23     WHEREAS, He will be especially missed in the area of public
24 transportation; he worked with local leaders to fashion a
25 credible county public transportation program, a first of its
26 kind, and worked to bring State money for public transportation
27 to his area; and
28     WHEREAS, He practiced law at Noel and Associates, a firm
29 that he founded in 1995, specializing in commercial litigation
30 and business counseling; previously, he was vice president and
31 associate general counsel for Waste Management of Oak Brook,



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1 managing complex civil and criminal litigation; he also served
2 as an officer at the law firm Chadwell and Kayser, Ltd., in
3 Chicago; his legal career began at the Illinois Attorney
4 General's Office, where he was Chief of the Antitrust Division;
5 and
6     WHEREAS, As a member of the Attorney General's office, Mr.
7 Noel drafted the State's first criminal statute aimed at
8 deterring computer fraud and theft of data; and
9     WHEREAS, Mr. Noel was also a partner in Century
10 Philanthropy Group, a professional fundraising firm for
11 non-profit organizations; and
12     WHEREAS, From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Noel served as a
13 co-director of the capital building campaign for St. Petronille
14 Church, where he was an active member; as a result of this
15 multi-year effort, a long-range master plan for the parish
16 campus was developed and $8 Million was raised to renovate the
17 school and portions of the church, and to construct a new
18 Parish Life Center; he was an active supporter of capital
19 projects for several area churches; as a result of his
20 knowledge and experience, Bishop Joseph Imesch appointed him a
21 member of the Council on Administration for the Diocese of
22 Joliet; and
23     WHEREAS, He was a member of the American Bar Association,
24 American Arbitration Association, Illinois State Bar
25 Association, Chicago Bar Association, and DuPage County Bar
26 Association; and
27     WHEREAS, Mr. Noel earned an A.B. degree from the University
28 of Notre Dame and a J.D. degree from the Loyola University
29 School of Law in Chicago; he completed coursework at
30 Northeastern Illinois University and Dominican University for
31 a teacher's certification; and



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1     WHEREAS, Mr. Noel was a native of Chicago's Austin
2 neighborhood and a graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park;
3 and
4     WHEREAS, Jazz and golf were lifelong passions for him; he
5 was a longtime member of the Medinah Country Club, where he
6 served as a walking scorer for Tiger Woods during the 1999 PGA
7 Championship, which Tiger Woods won; and
8     WHEREAS, The passing of John Noel has been deeply felt by
9 many, especially his sons, Benjamin and Matthew; his brother
10 Melbourne Noel, Jr., and his wife, Sandra, and their four
11 children, Emma, Anna, Melissa, and Rebecca; and his former
12 wife, Sara; therefore, be it
15 we mourn the passing of John Noel, who served his constituents
16 with honor, integrity, and distinction, and we extend our
17 deepest sympathy to his family, friends, community, and all who
18 knew and loved him; and be it further
19     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
20 presented to his family as an expression of our sincerest
21 condolences.