Given the extensive testimony by Stuart Levine in the Tony Rezko trial, I thought readers might be amused by this 2004 resolution passed by the Teachers' Retirement Systems Board. Levine once sat on the board -- the same board Levine himself said he used to cut millions of dollars in illicit, backroom deals. Levine resigned from the board after a visit by the FBI in the spring of 2004.
The board unwittingly gave him quite a nice send-off -- it happened before Levine was exposed as a schemer who was out to pocket bribes tied to deals he oversaw as a board member.
-- A post script: It has been pointed out that I should note: it was the board's practice to issue these resolutions every time a member left the board. Obviously, the board didn't know about Levine's crimes at the time it issued this.
AUGUST 10, 2004
On a motion by James Bruner, seconded by Phillip Schmidt, it was resolved:
WHEREAS, Stuart P. Levine served as a trustee of the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois from September 2000 until July 2004; and
WHEREAS, Stuart distinguished himself by his grace, self-deprecating humor, reasoned opinions, and civil debate; and
WHEREAS, he is a devoted husband and father, who helped his son Bennett and daughter Kate with homework assignments and teenage challenges by phone even while attending out-of-town TRS Board meetings; and
WHEREAS, Stuart is known for his sharing of time, talent, and, treasure through philanthropic endeavors that have earned him international recognition; and
WHEREAS, Stuart demonstrated a deep and personal respect for the teaching profession, having worked as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools while attending law school; and
WHEREAS, he was a founder of HMO America, a firm that grew to become the largest health maintenance organization in Illinois; and
WHEREAS, his service as a member of the Board and as chairman of the Rules and Personnel Committee is valued and deeply appreciated; therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois that we extend our best wishes and appreciation to our friend and colleague and offer our sincere appreciation for his service as a member of this board. Given this 10th day of August 2004.
The motion passed by a unanimous voice vote.