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File #: 21-1134    Version: 1 Name: Honoring the life and contributions of Richard (Rich) Kenneth Means
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 1/20/2021 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 1/28/2021 Final action: 1/28/2021
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF RICHARD (RICH) KENNETH MEANS WHEREAS, renowned election attorney Richard (Rich) Kenneth Means died on December 17, 2020, at the age of 78, due to complications of SARS-CoV-2; and WHEREAS, Rich was born in Champaign, IL and raised in Western Springs, IL. He graduated from Lyons Township High and attended college at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Stockholm. He graduated from Northwestern University Law School in 1968; and WHEREAS, Rich practiced election and public service law for more than 50 years, until the time of his death. He was one of the first attorneys appointed to the then newly formed Cook County State's Attorney's Election Enforcement Division and helped to shape the direction and purpose of that unit. After leaving the State's Attorney's Office, he established a private practice through which he represented and counseled many currently elected officials and others who did not succeed in thei...
Sponsors: FRANK J. AGUILAR, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR, SCOTT R. BRITTON, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRIDGET GAINER, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, DONNA MILLER, STANLEY MOORE, KEVIN B. MORRISON, SEAN M. MORRISON, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE LIFE AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF RICHARD (RICH) KENNETH MEANS

WHEREAS, renowned election attorney Richard (Rich) Kenneth Means died on December 17, 2020, at the age of 78, due to complications of SARS-CoV-2; and

WHEREAS, Rich was born in Champaign, IL and raised in Western Springs, IL. He graduated from Lyons Township High and attended college at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Stockholm. He graduated from Northwestern University Law School in 1968; and

WHEREAS, Rich practiced election and public service law for more than 50 years, until the time of his death. He was one of the first attorneys appointed to the then newly formed Cook County State's Attorney's Election Enforcement Division and helped to shape the direction and purpose of that unit. After leaving the State's Attorney's Office, he established a private practice through which he represented and counseled many currently elected officials and others who did not succeed in their bid for elective office. Rich often stated that his proudest professional accomplishment was serving as the election attorney for Harold Washington's successful Chicago mayoral campaign in 1983; and

WHEREAS, throughout his career, he educated both attorneys and the public in the intricacies of election law. He was a member of the Chicago Bar Association's Election Law Committee and served twice as its chairman; and

WHEREAS, Rich was long involved in both civic and progressive politics. He was the executive director of the Chicago Council of Lawyers from 1970 to 1972. He is a past state chairman of Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI). Most recently, he served as the Illinois Chapter Chair of the liberal advocacy group Americans for Democratic Action (ADA). "He was a very significant figure in independent politics and the go-to counsel to many an independent office seeker," said Dan Lauber, who served with him on the IVI board; and

WHEREAS, Rich was the beloved husband of A...

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