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Full Text of HR0374  95th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3 Representatives are pleased to honor Frank Meredith, President
4 of the Village of Sherman, as he retires; and
5     WHEREAS, Frank Meredith was born in Pana on July 31, 1941
6 and raised in Tower Hill; he graduated from Tower Hill
7 Community High School in 1959 where he was a varsity starter in
8 baseball and basketball for 4 years; and
9     WHEREAS, Frank Meredith joined the United States Navy in
10 July 1959; ; he served in Europe, Cuba, and two tours in
11 Vietnam, as well as in the Amphibious Fleet as a Personnelman
12 and Personnel Officer; he was selected Shore Sailor of the Year
13 for the Navy in 1973; in 1975 he was selected as the number one
14 qualified candidate for promotion to Chief Personnelman from
15 the entire United States Navy; he retired in February of 1978;
16 and
17     WHEREAS, Frank Meredith was hired in March 1978 as an
18 investigator with the Fair Employment Practice Commission,
19 which was renamed the Department of Human Rights in 1980; in
20 1982 he was promoted to Manager of the Central/Downstate
21 Division of the Department, the position he held when he
22 retired from the State of Illinois on October 31, 2002; and



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1     WHEREAS, Frank Meredith was elected as a Sherman Village
2 Trustee in 1985 and on April 1, 1987, he was elected President
3 of the Village of Sherman; during his 20 years as President of
4 Sherman he was appointed by the County Chairman to the original
5 E-911 Board, by the Governor to the State Board of Facilities
6 for the Aging, and served on the Sangamon County Planning
7 Commission; and
8     WHEREAS, He was elected to the Board of Directors of the
9 Illinois Municipal League (the statewide association of all
10 elected local officials) in 1992; he was elected as Sergeant at
11 Arms for the League, serving 3 terms; in 1999 he was elected
12 1st Vice President and in 2000, the 99th President of the
13 Illinois Municipal League; and
14     WHEREAS, As the President of the Village of Sherman, he
15 provided the leadership that saw Sherman grow from a Village of
16 1,000 residents to the current population of approximately
17 3,600; he oversaw the construction of the Village sanitary
18 system and secured the funding to build hard surface streets in
19 original Sherman and Lyndale Subdivision; the Village approved
20 the home rule form of government, and he introduced several new
21 programs to the Village such as a Village Recycling Program; he
22 worked with several county, State, federal, and railroad
23 officials to secure the funding for the new east/west



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1 underpass, perhaps the most significant improvement to the
2 Village in it's history; after 20 years as President of the
3 Village Board, he is the longest serving President in Sherman's
4 history; therefore, be it
7 congratulate Frank Meredith on his retirement as President of
8 the Village of Sherman and wish him the best in his future
9 endeavors; and be it further
10     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
11 presented to Frank Meredith as a symbol of our respect.