Bill Text: IL HR0099 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Mourns the death of Dallas Burke.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-02-08 - Resolution Adopted [HR0099 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HR0099-Introduced.html


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HOUSE RESOLUTION
2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Dallas
4Burke who passed away on January 27, 2017, at the age of 90;
5and
6 WHEREAS, Dallas Burke served seven terms as the Madison
7County Coroner from 1972 to 2000; she was the first female
8coroner in Illinois; and
9 WHEREAS, Dallas Burke was at the forefront of modernizing
10death investigations; in the early 1990s, she opened the first
11county-operated morgue and autopsy facility in downstate
12Illinois; she moved the office from a volunteer-oriented
13operation to one that employed full-time death investigators;
14she was on the job 24 hours a day, seven days a week; her cases
15ranged from the complex and complicated to the simple and
16routine, but each and every one was equally respected; and
17 WHEREAS, Dallas Burke knocked on many doors, delivering
18news that no one wanted to hear and quietly endured the anger
19that comes with grief and offered solace to the bereaved; and
20 WHEREAS, Dallas Burke never was thought of as an
21"ex-corner"; her influence remained with the office long after

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1she stepped down; therefore, be it
2 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
3HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we
4mourn the passing of Dallas Burke, and extend our sincere
5condolences to her family, friends, and all who knew and loved
6her; and be it further
7 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
8presented to the family of Dallas Burke as an expression of our
9deepest sympathy.
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