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Full Text of HR0842  102nd General Assembly

HR0842 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY


  

 


 
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HOUSE RESOLUTION

 
2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Billie
4Jean Paige of Chicago, who passed away on April 10, 2022; and
 
5    WHEREAS, Billie Paige was born to Enos and Ora Bond in
6Chicago on June 26, 1937; she received her formal education at
7an all-girls boarding school in Wisconsin, where she was an
8exceptional student, a stand-out basketball player, and a
9participant in musicals and stage plays; after high school,
10she attended Loyola University, the University of Chicago, and
11Roosevelt University; she graduated college at age 19, having
12developed an interest in politics and government; in addition
13to excelling as a student, she was professionally trained as a
14vocalist and pianist; she married George Howard Paige on
15February 16, 1957; and
 
16    WHEREAS, Billie Paige first worked as a secretary at the
17University of Chicago's graduate school; she then worked for
18Head Start and joined the Kuumba Workshop in the 1970s; in
191973, she was recruited into Illinois state government and
20worked as a Coordinator of Paraprofessional Training; in 1975,
21she became the Commissioner of the Illinois Department of
22Labor's Bureau of Employment Security's Division of
23Unemployment Insurance; she was the first African American

 

 

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1woman to head an unemployment program in the United States; in
2late 1975, she became the Assistant Director of the Illinois
3Department of Registration and Education and was the
4second-ranking statutory official for the department; in 1980,
5she earned the position of Director of Government Affairs for
6the Illinois Hospital Association; in 1983, she became a
7legislative consultant with Shea, Rogal and Associates and
8made history as the first full-time African American female
9lobbyist in Illinois; in 1992, she was named President of
10Shea, Paige, and Rogal, Incorporated and became a partner in
11the firm; in 1984, she served as President and Chief Executive
12Officer of Continental Testing Services, Incorporated; and
 
13    WHEREAS, Billie Paige became a member of Saint Ailbe
14Catholic Church (Saint Katharine Drexel Parish) in Chicago in
15the 1960s; she served as the vocalist and pianist at the
16parish's Saturday evening mass; she was ultimately named the
17Assistant to the Director of Music and sang in the choir at all
18three of the weekend masses in addition to the holiday masses;
19and
 
20    WHEREAS, Billie Paige was a founding member of the
21Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership (IWIL) Training
22Academy; and
 
23    WHEREAS, Billie Paige was a lifelong lover of owls and

 

 

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1collected many pieces of jewelry, paintings, and figurines
2bearing owl images; she enjoyed music and collected music
3boxes and visual art pieces depicting musical notes; she was
4also an ardent fan of the Star Wars movies and was known for
5her delicious greens and chili recipe and for her annual pool
6party; included in her collectibles were items that featured
7images of West Highland White Terriers, of which she had six
8during her lifetime; and
 
9    WHEREAS, Billie Paige was preceded in death by her son,
10Stephen; and
 
11    WHEREAS, Billie Paige is survived by her loving husband,
12George; her son, Gary (Apryl); her daughter-in-law, Jacinta;
13her granddaughter, Daria; and a host of beloved relatives and
14cherished friends; therefore, be it
 
15    RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
16HUNDRED SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that
17we mourn the passing of Billie Jean Paige and extend our
18sincere condolences to her family, friends, and all who knew
19and loved her; and be it further
 
20    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
21presented to the family of Billie Paige as an expression of our
22deepest sympathy.