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Editor's Note: New Inductees to Hall of Fame

Dana Heupel
NPR Illinois

On November 16, Illinois Issues sponsored the 10th Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Internship Hall of Fame event and inducted five new members who had gone through the program at the University of Illinois Springfield (or then-Sangamon State) or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then made significant contributions to the public sector.

This year’s inductees were:

    • John Day, who retired in 2003 as assistant executive director of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System. He also had been executive director of the Legislative Audit Commission and had worked on the Illinois Senate staff. He is a member of the internship class of 1970-71 and now lives in Rochester.
    • Claire Eberle, deputy director of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for the Illinois General Assembly. She previously served on the Senate president’s staff from 1976 to 1978. She was a member of the legislative intern class of 1975 and now resides in Springfield.
    • Stephen Pacey is a circuit judge in Ford County. Before he assumed that position in 1996, he was a commissioner with the Illinois Court of Claims and a public defender for Ford County and spent 22 years in private legal practice. He was a member of the 1970 legislative intern class and is a lifelong Paxton resident.
    • Lee Schwartz was a Chicago attorney in private practice when he died in 2002. He was an expert on the state constitution and had served as legal counsel to then-House Speaker Jack Touhy and former state Senate Minority Leader Art McGloon. He also served in similar positions for Chicago Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic and Harold Washington. He was a member of the legislative intern class of 1966.
    • Gretchen Winter, who has been the executive director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society in the College of Business of the University of Illinois since 2007. She has more than 25 years of experience in law firms and the public and corporate sectors. Winter was a member of the 1979 intern class.

Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland spoke at the event, which was held at the Executive Mansion in Springfield, as did UIS professor emeritus Kent Redfield, a longtime director of the legislative internship program. The hall of fame is named for University of Illinois professor Samuel Gove, who also was a longtime director of the program and who is a founder of Illinois Issues magazine. The new inductees’ names have been inscribed on a plaque that hangs on the fourth floor of the Illinois Capitol.

We congratulate all of the new inductees.

Dana Heupel can be reached at heupel.dana@uis.edu.

 

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Sen. Kirk Dillard and Inductee Bruce Kinnett
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Sen. Kirk Dillard and Inductee Bruce Kinnett
Inductee Frank Straus and Mona Martin
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Inductee Frank Straus and Mona Martin
Inductee David Kennedy and Family Members
Inductee David Kennedy and Family Members
Judge Stephen Pacey and Rep. Renee Kozel
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Inductee Catherine Shannon and Family Members
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Inductee Catherine Shannon and Family Members
Sen. Kirk Dillard, John Morris, Rep. Rich Brauer, and Auditor General Bill Holland
Sen. Kirk Dillard, John Morris, Rep. Rich Brauer, and Auditor General Bill Holland
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Dana Heupel and Veronica Lynch
Mike Lawrence and Rick Carlson
Mike Lawrence and Rick Carlson
Rep. Michael Tryon, Inductee Bruce Kinnett and Jim Reily
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Rep. Michael Tryon, Inductee Bruce Kinnett and Jim Reily
Veronica Lynch, Sandy Kennedy, David Kennedy, and Kent Redfield
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Veronica Lynch, Sandy Kennedy, David Kennedy, and Kent Redfield
David Racine and John Morris
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David Racine and John Morris
Inductee Bruce Kinnett, Jim Nowlan and Rep. Dave Winters
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Inductee Bruce Kinnett, Jim Nowlan and Rep. Dave Winters
Margaret Blackshere and Neil Flynn
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Margaret Blackshere and Neil Flynn
John Morris, Bob Rich, and Sen. Kirk Dillard
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John Morris, Bob Rich, and Sen. Kirk Dillard
Mona Martin and Timothy Mapes
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Mona Martin and Timothy Mapes
Illinois Issues Executive Editor Dana Heupel welcomes guests to the Hall of Fame Event
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Illinois Issues Executive Editor Dana Heupel welcomes guests to the Hall of Fame Event
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Hall of Fame guests listen to remarks in the Executive Mansion ballroom.
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David Racine, interim executive director of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership, addresses the group.
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Kent Redfield explains the Legislative Staff Intern Program's evolution since its inception in 1961.
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Jim Nowlan commemorates Samuel K. Gove's contributions to the program.
Veronica Lynch introduced David Kennedy for induction.
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Veronica Lynch introduced David Kennedy for induction.
Sen. Kirk Dillard introduced Bruce Kinnett for induction.
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Sen. Kirk Dillard introduced Bruce Kinnett for induction.

 

Margaret Blackshere introduced Catherine Shannon for induction.
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Margaret Blackshere introduced Catherine Shannon for induction.
House Republican Leader Tom Cross introduces Frank Straus for induction.
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House Republican Leader Tom Cross introduces Frank Straus for induction.
Inductee Frank Straus with House Republican Leader Tom Cross
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Inductee Frank Straus with House Republican Leader Tom Cross
Michael Maibach's award was accepted by John Morris, with Michael's parents, Annette and Charles, and Jim Nowlan.
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Michael Maibach's award was accepted by John Morris, with Michael's parents, Annette and Charles, and Jim Nowlan.
Frank Straus with Christopher Straus and Charles and Cordie Puttkammer
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Frank Straus with Christopher Straus and Charles and Cordie Puttkammer
Sen. Kirk Dillard with Bruce Kinnett and family members
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Sen. Kirk Dillard with Bruce Kinnett and family members
Inductee David Kennedy and family Members
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Inductee David Kennedy and family
Inductees Bruce Kinnett, David Kennedy, Catherine Shannon, and Frank Straus. Michael Maibach was unable to attend.
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Inductees Bruce Kinnett, David Kennedy, Catherine Shannon, and Frank Straus. Michael Maibach was unable to attend.

Illinois Issues, December 2009

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