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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Lynne M. Lichtenauer of Joliet, who
4passed away on February 23, 2021; and
5    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer was born in 1939; she was the
6daughter of Les and Vivian (Barnes) Gomora; she graduated from
7St. Francis Academy in 1957; she was a pioneer for the City of
8Joliet and made numerous contributions to the community; and
9    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer retired as JTHS Director of
10Alumni Relations and Development for District 204 in 2016; and
11    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer spent 11 ˝ years with the
12Rialto Square Theatre, 4˝ years as its executive director; she
13was a founding member and later served as director of the
14Rialto Square Theatre Foundation Board; she also served as a
15member of the Mardi Gras Event Planning Committee, a
16consultant for the Festival of Trees event, co-producer of the
17Rialto Idol productions, and co-producer and director of A
18Very Rialto Christmas in 2018; and
19    WHEREAS, In her early career, Lynne Lichtenauer worked
20professionally as a fashion model in both the Chicago and New
21York City markets; she worked eight years in public relations



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1and in various administrative positions with the American
2Broadcasting Company in New York City from 1962 to 1970; she
3also worked for Bob Stewart Productions in New York City in
4game show development and the production of game shows for the
5three major networks from 1965 to 1970; and
6    WHEREAS, Since 2002, Lynne Lichtenauer was a co-host of
7weekly WJOL 1340 AM Friday morning talk show Lynne, Mary &
8Natalie; and
9    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer was a popular master of
10ceremonies for events of all kinds; she served as mistress of
11ceremonies for the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Annual
12Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans in 2005, where she had the
13great privilege of introducing then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama
14as the keynote speaker; she was the first woman invited to act
15as the host of the ceremony in the event's nine-year history;
17    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer's volunteerism was boundless;
18she served as the director of the Silver Cross Foundation
19Board for 28 years and as director of the Joliet Park District
20Foundation for 17 years; she was the current president of the
21Joliet Area Historical Museum and Old Joliet Prison and had
22served as a board member for 11 years; and



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1    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer was the director of the
2Cultural Arts Council of the Joliet area for 30 years, a board
3member for the Old Joliet Prison Coalition founded in 2018, a
4board member for the Greater Joliet Area YMCA, a board member
5of the Joliet Area Sports Hall of Fame for 17 years, a founding
6member and past director of the Dow Chemical Community
7Advisory Board, and a member and past board member of the
8Rotary Club of Lockport; and
9    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer supported a number of other
10organizations throughout the years, bringing her considerable
11talents to the Friends of Community Public Art Advisory Board,
12the Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau, the
13Illinois Junior Miss Pageant, Joliet Junior College, the
14Joliet Township High School Foundation, Lewis University, the
15Lincolnway High School Performing Arts Center, Big
16Brothers/Big Sisters, the City Center Partnership Board of
17Directors, Silver Cross Hospital, and many more too numerous
18to list; and
19    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer was preceded in death by her
20parents, Les and Vivian (Barnes) Gomora; and
21    WHEREAS, Lynne Lichtenauer is survived by her fiancé,
22Lorin Lynch; her son, Eric; her granddaughter, Lillian; her
23brother, Les Gomora (Mary Lou); and her numerous nieces and



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1nephews; therefore, be it
3ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
4Lynne M. Lichtenauer and extend our sincere condolences to her
5family, friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it
7    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
8presented to the family of Lynne Lichtenauer as an expression
9of our deepest sympathy.