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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3 Representatives wish to congratulate Representative Terry
4 Parke of Schaumburg on his service to the people of his
5 legislative district; and
6     WHEREAS, Representative Parke has been a member of the
7 Illinois House since 1984 and has served this body with
8 distinction; and
9     WHEREAS, Representative Parke's accomplishments are
10 numerous: he has been recognized as the Freshman Legislator of
11 the Year by the Illinois Hospital Association; he was twice
12 named Representative of the Year by the Illinois Health Care
13 Association; he was named Legislator of the Year from the
14 Illinois Nurses Association and Legislator of the Year from the
15 Illinois Association of Park Districts; he was the recipient of
16 the 2005 Presidential Award from the Children's Advocacy Center
17 of North and Northwest Cook County, the Golden Apple Award from
18 the Illinois Association of School Boards, and the Illinois
19 Manufactured Housing Association's Legislator of the Year
20 award; and
21     WHEREAS, He has been the Co-Chairman of the Commission on
22 Government Forecasting and Accountability, the spokesperson
23 for the Insurance Committee, and a member of the committees on
24 Environment & Energy, Consumer Protection, Environmental
25 Health, Labor, and Telecommunications; and
26     WHEREAS, Prior to serving in the General Assembly,
27 Representative Parke's public service also included terms as a
28 Schaumburg Township School Trustee from 1979 to 1981 and a
29 Schaumburg Township Trustee from 1981 to 1984; he was a member
30 of the Republican National Convention, elected as an Illinois
31 Delegate in 1988 and 1996 and as an Illinois Alternate Delegate



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1 in 1992 and 2000; and
2     WHEREAS, He has been a long-standing member of the Hanover
3 Organization of Republicans and the Schaumburg Township
4 Alliance of Republicans, and has served as a Precinct Captain
5 for 25 years; and
6     WHEREAS, Representative Parke was born a politician, with
7 his first political speech given as a two-year-old to a
8 trainload of listeners, according to memories left from his
9 loving mother; and
10     WHEREAS, He was a trusted Boy Scout and Eagle Scout; if
11 requested, he would indulge you with his many camping stories,
12 including winter camp-outs in tents in the snow; he was on the
13 high school wrestling team, but was quite a lightweight,
14 weighing in at 110 pounds; and
15     WHEREAS, Representative Parke honorably served in the
16 United States Army for two years during the Vietnam War,
17 serving our country in Germany; while in Europe, he provided
18 leadership guidance as a Boy Scout leader for American boys
19 whose families were stationed in Europe; during his tour he was
20 a decorated "Soldier of the Month" and was recommended for
21 Officer's Training School; and
22     WHEREAS, Upon the completion of his overseas military duty
23 in 1968, Representative Parke returned to Southern Illinois
24 University to complete his degree in education; there he met
25 his wife, Joanne; therefore, be it
28 we wish Representative Parke all the best in his future
29 endeavors and congratulate him on a job well done in the
30 General Assembly; and be it further



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1     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2 presented to Representative Parke, his wife, Joanne, and their
3 two daughters, Kelli and Tiffany, as an expression of our
4 esteem and respect for our colleague and friend.