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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives with to congratulate Lorena Jones on the
4occasion of her retirement; and
5    WHEREAS, Lorena Jones was born in Coatopa, Alabama in
61959; her parents moved to Waukegan, Illinois in the early
71960s; living with her three brothers and two sisters, there
8was never a dull day; by the time she was in fifth grade, her
9parents purchased the family's first home on Elizabeth Street
10in Waukegan; and
11    WHEREAS, Lorena Jones graduated from Waukegan West High
12School in 1978 and later from the College of Lake County with
13an Associate Degree in Applied Science; and
14    WHEREAS, Lorena Jones's first job was at Kemper Insurance
15Company in Long Grove until 1981 when she enlisted in the U.S.
16Army; she graduated from basic training at Fort Leonard Wood,
17Missouri and completed Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at
18Fort Lee, Virginia as a 76C Equipment Records and Parts
19Specialist; in August of 1981, she reported to her first
20assignment overseas at Fenton Army Air Field in Wiesbaden,
21Germany and later to Fort Campbell in Kentucky; and



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1    WHEREAS, Lorena Jones is a veteran of Operations Desert
2Shield and Desert Storm; she earned numerous awards and honors
3throughout her military career, including the Army Achievement
4Medal, three Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service
5Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development
6Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service
7Ribbons, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star,
8the Expert Marksmanship Badge Rifle, and the Sharp Shooter
9Marksmanship Badge; and
10    WHEREAS, Upon Lorena Jones' discharge from the Army, she
11continued to serve her country in various Federal agencies,
12including the Defense Commissary Agency in Fort Sheridan and
13the Defense Health Agency under the Department of Defense; she
14also worked for the Department of Navy and the Department of
15Veterans Affairs, culminating in 42 years of service to the
16government of the United States of America; and
17    WHEREAS, Lorena Jones has been a member of many veteran
18and service organizations; she was a part of the American
19Legion Post 0867 for 25 years, Chapter #16 Disabled American
20Veterans for over 20 years, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
21(VFW) North Shore Post 4737 for 4 years; she has been a
22faithful member of First Baptist Church of Lake Forest for
23over 30 years and has served as church secretary, a member of
24the church choir, and a trustee; and



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1    WHEREAS, Lorena Jones was married for over 25 years to her
2husband John, and she has three children, Rasche Hill, John
3Jr., and Shenna Hill and three grandchildren, Jaden Hill,
4Nathaniel Blake, and Savannah Blake; therefore, be it
7we congratulate Lorena Jones on her retirement; and be it
9    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
10presented to Lorena Jones as an expression of our esteem and