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In Memoriam - Alderman Joanna Sojka

Late Monday night, August 18, 2014, the City of Des Plaines lost a dedicated public servant, my dear colleague and friend, Alderman Joanna Sojka. She and I were sworn in to office on the Des Plaines City Council the same day - May 6, 2013. We were kindred spirits serving as first-time elected officials with hope and promise for our City's future.
Her dedication to her position and brave stance on her positions inspired me. Her ability to focus on individual talents and bring people up rather than tear them down proved that government could function and move forward positively. She will continue to be a bright and shining example of what is possible when one believes in truth, reason, compassion and respect for the democratic process above all else.
Alderman Sojka took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the State of Illinois and to faithfully discharge her duties as Alderman of the 7th Ward. She did so with pride in her country, her state, her city and her community. I wish to express my sympathy to the people of Des Plaines for having lost such a promising leader.
My heart aches for her family who lost a daughter and a sister too soon. I'm thinking of the words of Cat Stevens, as Joanna was here for such a short while but left us with the joy and honor of having known her. "Oh very young, what will you leave us this time? You're only dancing on this earth for a short while."

Remembrances for Alderman Sojka


  • You can sign a Book of Remembrance in the City Hall lobby to  be given to Ald. Sojka's family. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also check the calendar on the City's website for Commission, Committee and Board meetings held in the evenings when the lobby will also be open.
  • There will be a formal recognition honoring Ald. Sojka at the September 2nd City Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. (held on a Tuesday as Monday that week is Labor Day).
  • As more information becomes available about other remembrances, I will post it to www.3rdWard.org and www.Facebook.com/DP3rdWard.

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