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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Philip Guentert, who passed away on
4November 7, 2016, at the age of 58; and    
5    WHEREAS, Philip Guentert grew up in Cleveland, Ohio; he
6earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and attended
7the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
8for a master's of public policy; he earned his Juris Doctor
9from Harvard Law School; and
10    WHEREAS, Philip Guentert joined the Department of Justice
11as an assistant United States attorney in Chicago in 1990; he
12was the first chief of the office's public corruption section,
13overseeing a number of investigations and prosecutions of
14public officials; he was also the office's ethics and
15professional responsibility adviser; he worked on the
16prosecutions of former Illinois governors, George Ryan and Rod
17Blagojevich; he also worked on the Archer Daniels Midland
18price-fixing case in the 1990s; and
19    WHEREAS, In 2012, Philip Guentert and his wife, Monika
20Bickert, moved to San Jose, California, where he joined the
21United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of
22California; previously, they spent five years in Bangkok, where



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1they both worked for the United States Department of Justice;
2he also worked throughout Asia as the Department's intellectual
3property law enforcement coordinator; and
4    WHEREAS, Philip Guentert took his family on trips that
5included trekking in Nepal, running a marathon in Berlin, and
6hiking in Taiwan; and
7    WHEREAS, Philip Guentert was preceded in death by his first
8wife, Jennifer; and
9    WHEREAS, Philip Guentert is survived by his wife, Monika;
10his daughters, Eleanor and Louise; and his brother, James;
11therefore, be it
13ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
14Philip Guentert, and extend our sincere condolences to his
15family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
17    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
18presented to the family of Philip Guentert as an expression of
19our deepest sympathy.