Jesiel Pays Tribute to Predecessor JoAnn Osmond

SPRINGFIELD – Today Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) joined with her colleagues to in the Illinois House of Representatives to pay tribute to her predecessor JoAnn D. Osmond. This summer, Osmond brought to a conclusion a career in public service that spanned more than 30 years of service. Osmond was honored with House Resolution 1394 for her dedication to public service.

“I’ve said on many occasions how grateful I am to JoAnn for her service to the 61st District and how I hope to carry on in the big shoes she has to fill,” said Jesiel. “JoAnn has spent her life serving the needs of others, whether it was as member of the Illinois House of Representatives, in charity, volunteering her time, or being a loving mother, grandmother, mentor, and friend to so many, myself included. I know that all of my colleagues and I wish her a very happy retirement.”

Osmond began her career in public service when she became the legislative aide to former Illinois House Republican Majority, and Minority, Leader Robert W. Churchill in 1983. Osmond would go on to become a member of the Illinois House herself in 2002, filling the void left by her late husband Timothy.

During her time in the House, Osmond served as the Republican Spokesperson on several committees and was honored by several organizations for her service, receiving the Embrace Life Award, Friend of Agriculture Award, and Life Saver Award, to name a few.

A copy HR 1394 will be presented to Osmond in recognition of her service at a later date.