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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of John J. Spillane, who passed away at the
4age of 52; and
5    WHEREAS, John Spillane was born on February 1, 1964 at
6Loretto Hospital in Chicago to Richard and Annette (Busse)
7Spillane, and moved immediately thereafter to Oak Park, where
8he would live, work, play and be of service the rest of his
9life; he was the third of the 11 children, seven boys and four
10girls, in the family; and
11    WHEREAS, John Spillane attended Ascension grade school,
12graduating in 1978, Oak Park River Forest High School,
13graduating in 1982, and the University of Illinois-Chicago,
14graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science, having studied
15finance and management; he was a natural athlete, a wrestler,
16mathematician and carpenter, who apprenticed in carpentry at an
17early age with his grandfather, Raymond Busse; he also played
18trombone, including as the first chair at Ascension Grade
19School under orchestra conductor, Richard Ramey; he also worked
20as a home rehabber and carpenter with his father; and
21    WHEREAS, John Spillane suffered from epilepsy as a child
22and developed an empathy for people and animals in physical or



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1emotional pain; and
2    WHEREAS, John Spillane was an accomplished wrestler and
3often protected and stood up for the weak, young, old, infirm,
4and the less fortunate; he was especially loved by the senior
5citizens of his community, in particular, Rose Breen, who was
6an Irish immigrant and a survivor of the Irish Potato Famine,
7and Dorothy Ross; he advocated successfully for 10 years to
8require that the utilities responsible for the environmental
9contamination of Barrie Park in Oak Park participate in the
10remediation of the park and surrounding homes; and
11    WHEREAS, John Spillane began his real estate career in
121999, partnering with his brother, William Spillane, to found
13Spillane Realty, and with his other brother, Joe Spillane, to
14rehab many Oak Park homes, always putting quality ahead of
15profits; he was a past-president of the Oak Park Board of
16Realtors and an award-winning Realtor with RE/MAX Realty; he
17was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame; he worked tirelessly
18to identify those properties which best suited his clients
19needs; and
20    WHEREAS, John Spillane was devoted to his wife, Karri, and
21his daughters, Samantha and Kaitlyn; he was an exuberant coach
22and fan of his daughters' soccer and softball teams and will be
23remembered as a husband and father who put his family ahead of



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1his career; he greeted his daughters every day with "Good
2morning, Beautiful"; and
3    WHEREAS, John Spillane was known for his exuberance, humor,
4helpfulness, generosity, good nature, and conviction; he was an
5engaging and enthusiastic storyteller, always touting the
6strengths of others and remaining humble about his own
7achievements; and
8    WHEREAS, John Spillane was preceded in death by his beloved
9parents, Richard and Annette, and by his fellow wrestler and
10musician brother, Patrick; and
11    WHEREAS, John Spillane is survived by his wife, Karri
12(Compton); his daughters, Samantha Mary, and Kaitlyn Marie; his
13siblings, Mary Ellen Stauffenberg, Joseph (Kelly), Kathleen
14(Wesley) Helms, Susan (Jane) Larkin, Daniel (Betsy), Michael
15(Gretchen), William (Heidi), Mary Anne, and David (Patrick);
16his in-laws, Glenn and Nancy Compton; his brothers-in-law,
17Glenn (Mary Lou), and Gerry (Greta) Compton; and his many
18nieces, nephews, and friends; therefore, be it
20ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
21John Spillane, and extend our sincere condolences to his
22family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it



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2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the family of John Spillane as an expression of
4our deepest sympathy.