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Full Text of HR0946  98th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives wish to congratulate Ann Hilton Fisher on the
4occasion of her retirement as Executive Director of the AIDS
5Legal Council of Chicago; and
6    WHEREAS, Ann Hilton Fisher earned her Bachelor of Arts in
7Sociology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1969
8and her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in
9Detroit, Michigan in 1977; and
10    WHEREAS, After clerking in the United States Court of
11Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1978 to 1980, Ann Hilton
12Fisher served as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance
13Foundation's office in Chicago from 1980 to 1986; she
14subsequently served as a senior attorney for the Legal
15Assistance Foundation's Disability Law Project from 1987 to
161994 before working as a supervisor for the Legal Assistance
17Foundation's HIV Law Project from 1994 to 1997; in July of
181997, she was selected to serve as Executive Director of the
19AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, where she remained until her
20retirement; and
21    WHEREAS, During Ann Hilton Fisher's tenure at the AIDS
22Legal Council of Chicago, the organization's staff has doubled,



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1the budget has greatly increased, and the number of cases has
2increased to approximately 1,500 per year; under her
3leadership, new projects were created at the AIDS Legal Council
4of Chicago assisting HIV+ immigrants, HIV-impacted families,
5HIV+ youth, and clients who want to return to work from
6disability; and
7    WHEREAS, Ann Hilton Fisher has used her advocacy skills to
8benefit seniors and persons with disabilities; she helped to
9initiate and lead the effort to raise Medicaid eligibility in
10Illinois from 41% of the federal poverty level to 100%,
11resulting in almost 100,000 seniors and persons with
12disabilities in Illinois becoming newly eligible for Medicaid;
13she also worked with a coalition to repeal Illinois's HIV
14Principal Notification law; and
15    WHEREAS, Ann Hilton Fisher has been a well-respected
16trainer of many social service agencies, law schools, medical
17clinics, bar association committees, HIV+ support groups, and
18other organizations on many complex legal issues, including
19Medicare Part D pharmaceutical programs and issues surrounding
20the Affordable Care Act; she has also been the author of
21numerous publications and lectures dealing with a wide range of
22legal topics; and
23    WHEREAS, Ann Hilton Fisher has been the recipient of



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1numerous awards and recognitions from numerous civic and legal
2organizations, including the Illinois State Bar Association,
3the Chicago Bar Association, the Hearts Foundation, the
4Illinois Lawyers Trust Fund, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago,
5the Council for Disability Rights, and the Legal Assistance
6Foundation of Chicago; and
7    WHEREAS, Ann Hilton Fisher has volunteered as a docent at
8the historic Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago since 2010,
9gladly offering visitors a tour of the church and its famed
10Tiffany stained glass windows; she is an avid birdwatcher, a
11proud lifelong Yooper, and a lover of photography who routinely
12delights her friends with her candid street scenes and lovely
13pictures of nature; she is a friend and mentor to her staff, a
14champion for her clients, and an admired and respected partner
15in advocacy for the rights of people with HIV, seniors, and
16persons with disabilities; therefore, be it
19we congratulate Ann Hilton Fisher on the occasion of her
20retirement and wish her continued success and happiness in the
21future; and be it further
22    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
23presented to Ann Hilton Fisher as a symbol of our esteem and



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