In Memoriam: Ald. JoAnn Thompson
I was distressed to hear the news of the passing of Alderman JoAnn Thompson of the 16th Ward.
Alderman Thompson and I worked together on helping the St. Rose Center, a community center for disabled adults in the Back Of The Yards neighborhood. While assisting the Center as an administrative volunteer, I needed Alderman Thompson’s help on a variety of issues.
Because she held regular Ward Nights in the 16th, it was easy to set up meetings with her. She gave us help with Illinois state funding the Center was due but had not received, and she wrote letters to state officials including Governor Quinn to get things moving once again. I will always remember her availability and effectiveness.
I offer my sincerest condolences to her family, friends and her constituents. She will be missed.