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Full Text of SR0898  94th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate wish to extend
3 their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jack T.
4 Knuepfer, who passed away on September 13, 2006; and
5     WHEREAS, Jack Knuepfer was a graduate of Oak Park River
6 Forest High School; he was an Eagle Scout by the age of 17; in
7 1941 he worked with the British Army as an ambulance driver in
8 North Africa until the United States entered the war; he then
9 served with the United States Army until the end of the war;
10 and
11     WHEREAS, Jack Knuepfer and his wife, Virginia "Dinny" were
12 married in 1948; he received a Master's degree in business from
13 the University of Chicago; he then worked at his father's
14 business, General Engineering Works; and
15     WHEREAS, After his basement flooded and he became
16 disappointed in the response of the city officials, he made a
17 successful bid for a seat on the Elmhurst City Council, and
18 became an alderman, serving from 1954 to 1958; and
19     WHEREAS, After leaving city politics, he returned to the
20 family business, but he returned to politics in 1964 when he
21 won a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives; two years
22 later, he moved to the Illinois Senate and served as an
23 Illinois Senator for eight years until 1974; and
24     WHEREAS, Four years later, he again returned to politics
25 when he was elected as the DuPage County Board Chairman; he
26 served in that position until 1990; and
27     WHEREAS, During his political career, Jack Knuepfer led
28 efforts to create an intergovernmental storm-water management
29 committee in DuPage County; under his leadership the



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1 Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Quarry was purchased in 1992 to help
2 prevent flooding in DuPage homes; and
3     WHEREAS, His hard work in the community included lobbying
4 for legislation creating the DuPage County Water Commission,
5 overseeing the extension of the North/South Tollway, the
6 widening of Naperville Road in Wheaton, establishing the DuPage
7 Airport Authority as an economic engine for commercial
8 development, and the extension of Diehl Road in Naperville; he
9 was honored in 2000 when the county administration building was
10 renamed in his honor; and
11     WHEREAS, Jack T. Knuepfer is survived by his wife, Virginia
12 "Dinny"; his children, Claude (Karen), Mark (Margo), Barbara
13 (John), and Sue (Andrew); his daughter-in-law, Nancy; his
14 grandchildren, Kathy, Paul, Amy, Kaylen, Aleksandra, Jack,
15 Jacob, Adam, Kevin, Daniel, Samantha, Kasey, Christian, and
16 Charlie; his great-granchildren, Connor, Kailey, Kyle, and
17 Joshua; his sister-in-law, Joyce; his sister, Marilyn (Burt);
18 and many nieces and nephews; therefore, be it
20 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
21 his family and friends, the passing of Jack T. Knuepfer; and be
22 it further
23     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
24 presented to the family of Jack T. Knuepfer.