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Full Text of SR0789  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Joseph "Joe" Miller Jr. of Maywood,
4who passed away on March 6, 2020; and
5    WHEREAS, Joe Miller was born to Joseph Miller Sr. and Anne
6Dorsey in Chicago on May 9, 1949; and
7    WHEREAS, Joe Miller's soaring intellect enabled him to
8skip a grade and graduate from Crane High School in 1966 at 16
9years of age; as the years went on, he kept in touch with
10childhood friends from Chicago's Westside; and
11    WHEREAS, One such friend, author Mark Boone, sought Joe
12Miller's advice on a manuscript for a novel, which was later
13published as Reunion; and
14    WHEREAS, Joe Miller married Mary Frances Hamer on August
1531, 1968, and their union lasted 51 years; and
16    WHEREAS, Joe Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in
17Business Administration from Roosevelt University; he
18instilled the importance of education in his children whose
19professional accomplishments include partner status at a law
20firm and serving in the position of Head of Diversity and



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1Inclusion at Ferrara Candy; and
2    WHEREAS, Joe Miller worked at Chicago and North Western
3Railroad for 25 years until a 1995 acquisition by Union
4Pacific; he then turned his attention to real estate as a
5licensed agent and appraiser; and
6    WHEREAS, Joe Miller gladly lent his professional expertise
7to family members once they decided to purchase their first
8homes; he even taught a course in real estate appraisal at
9Triton College in River Grove; and
10    WHEREAS, Joe Miller was a dedicated telephile and
11cinephile; his top ten picks included Breaking Bad, Criminal
12Minds, Empire, Game of Thrones, The Good, the Bad, and the
13Ugly, Power, Pulp Fiction, Sanford & Son, The Witcher, and
14Tombstone; and
15    WHEREAS, Joe Miller's capacity for strategic thinking
16enabled him to excel in games of chess and solitaire, and he
17passed these playing skills to his children and grandchildren;
19    WHEREAS, One of Joe Miller's favorite clothing accessories
20was a gentleman's cap, which he sometimes color coordinated
21with outfits; and



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1    WHEREAS, Joe Miller was always open and willing to give
2life advice to those who sought it; his answers were usually
3prefaced by the phrase "If I were you"; his quotes were classic
4and sometimes humorous, and he always elicited respect from
5his audience; and
6    WHEREAS, Joe Miller's favorite vacation destination was
7Las Vegas; he visited the city almost every year after his 20th
8wedding anniversary; and
9    WHEREAS, Joe Miller was preceded in death by his parents,
10Joseph Sr. and Anne, and his sister, Patricia; and
11    WHEREAS, Joe Miller, who was affectionately known as Papa
12Joe and Uncle Joe, is survived by his wife, Mary Frances; his
13stepmother, Marian; his children, Tobi, Joseph III (Lynne),
14and Natasha (Jamel); his sister, TaLana (Harry); his
15grandchildren, Evan, Sebastian, Jalen, Andrew, and Shawn; and
16his countless adoring nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends;
17therefore, be it
19ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
20Joseph "Joe" Miller Jr. and extend our sincere condolences to
21his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it



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