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Full Text of HR0888  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of former
4Illinois State Representative Thomas B. "Tom" Berns, who passed
5away on February 19, 2018 at the age of 72; and
6    WHEREAS, Rep. Berns was born to Henry E. and Phyllis R.
7(Berglin) Berns on April 8, 1945 and raised in the Illinois
8communities of Atlanta and Plano; he married his high school
9sweetheart Jeannie Galvin on August 28, 1965 in Plano and the
10two enjoyed 52 years of marriage; together they raised two
11lovely children, Rebecca and Michael; and
12    WHEREAS, Rep. Berns graduated from the University of
13Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1968 with a bachelor's degree
14in civil and environmental engineering and began working as an
15engineer at Danner and Associates, Inc.; in 1975, he and his
16colleague and friend, Ed Clancy, formed their own business,
17Berns, Clancy and Associates; in 1979, the firm incorporated
18and moved to its current location on Main Street in Urbana;
19today, Berns, Clancy and Associates Inc. is regarded as one of
20the premier engineering firms in East Central Illinois; and
21    WHEREAS, Rep. Berns taught surveying for the University of
22Illinois as an adjunct instructor and around the State for the



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1Engineering Extension Service; he also taught many continuing
2education classes for the Illinois Professional Land
3Surveyor's Association, where he served as president in 1976;
5    WHEREAS, In 2000, Rep. Berns was appointed to the Illinois
6House of Representatives to fulfill the unexpired term of
7former State Rep. Tim Johnson; after completing Rep. Johnson's
8term, Rep. Berns was re-elected and served one full term; and
9    WHEREAS, During his time in the Illinois House of
10Representatives, Rep. Berns sponsored or cosponsored 64 House
11Bills, 20 Senate Bills, and 27 Resolutions; and
12    WHEREAS, Throughout his career, Rep. Berns received many
13awards, including the Young Engineer of the Year award in 1975
14from the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, the
15Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Professional
16Land Surveyors Association in 1990, the Chi Epsilon Civil
17Engineering Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor
18Society Awards from the University of Illinois, the Urbana
19Rotary Vocational Achievement Award in 2007, and the
20Outstanding Civil Engineer Award from the American Society of
21Civil Engineers in 2009; and
22    WHEREAS, Rep. Berns was also a dedicated volunteer and



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1community servant; he was a longtime member of the Urbana
2Rotary Club and served as the club's president in 1987-1988; he
3served as president of the Urbana Country Club; he was a team
4manager and president of the Prairie Little League for four
5years; he served on the boards of the Champaign County Chamber
6of Commerce and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce; he was on the
7board of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation from
82005-2011, a member of the Champaign County Bell Tower
9Committee, and served on the boards of the Champaign County
10Forest Preserve District Foundation and the Urbana Park
11District Foundation; he was a member of the board of trustees
12of the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit district for 11 years and
13served as its chairman for one term; he was on the board of
14Clark Lindsey Village in Urbana for 38 years, 35 of those years
15as chairman; and
16    WHEREAS, Rep. Berns was a member of St. Patrick's Roman
17Catholic Congregation in Urbana for over 50 years; he was a
18lifelong Illini sports fan and enjoyed playing golf and tennis,
19fly fishing, and spending time with his family and
20grandchildren; and
21    WHEREAS, Rep. Berns is survived by his wife, Jeannie; his
22daughter, Rebecca Berns; his son, Michael (Kelly) Berns; his
23grandchildren, Brenna, Braden, Breccan, and Briley; and his
24sister, Mary Ellen Smith; therefore, be it



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3mourn the passing of former Illinois State Representative
4Thomas B. "Tom" Berns, and extend our sincere condolences to
5his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
7    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
8presented to the family of Rep. Berns as an expression of our
9deepest sympathy.