Record #: R2023-423   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 3/15/2023 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 3/15/2023
Title: Tribute to late Laurence J. Msall
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Attachments: 1. R2023-423.pdf
WHEREAS, Laurence J. Msall has been called to eternal life by the wisdom of God at the age of 61; and
WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council has been informed of his passing by Alderman Edward M. Burke; and
WHEREAS, Laurence is survived by his wife Nicola Hill-Cordell, his three daughters, Lucille, Camille and Matilda, and Nicola's beloved children, Alex (Maria), Samantha (Michael), Tommy, Tess and Oscar, as well as three grandchildren, Valerie, Owen, and Reece Jeffrey, eight of his siblings, Michael (Karla), Anita, Karin (Steve) Fischer, Mary (Scott) Rogers, Camille, Madeleine (Frank Mauceri), Christianne, and Julianne (Christopher) Pegler, his first wife Mary Jo Smith and many nieces and nephews; and
WHEREAS, He was born in Chicago in the winter of 1962, the 8th of 10 children of Emil and Lucille (nee Kotewa) Msall; and
WHEREAS, Laurence attended St. Ignatius High School and Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he proudly served on the Board of Trustees; and
WHEREAS, His formative years at Knox College are where he picked up the political bug, and he moved to Springfield after graduation to work for then-Illinois Governor Jim Thompson at the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs; and
WHEREAS, In 1990 Laurence joined the staff of the Commercial Ciub of Chicago as vice president, where he worked with the CEOs of some of Chicago's largest corporations promoting regional economic development strategies and special projects including the Chicago Bears stadium and reorganization of the United Way of Chicago; and
WHEREAS, Laurence earned his Juris Doctorate in 1992 at Loyola University School of Law, Evening Division; and
WHEREAS, Laurence returned to Illinois government in 1999, when then-Governor George H. Ryan appointed him Senior Advisor for Economic Development; and
WHEREAS, He was responsible for the oversight of eleven of the state's economic development and infrastructure-related agencies; and
WHEREAS, Laurence became president of the Civic Fed...

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