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Congressman Foster honors Naperville Mayor

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On the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) spoke in honor of retiring Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel.

The video of Foster’s speech was played at the April 21, 2015 meeting of the City Council.

Text of Foster’s remarks is below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Mayor A. George Pradel of the City of Naperville, Illinois.

A lifelong Naperville resident, Mayor Pradel has spent his life in service to the community that he loves.

George was born and raised in Naperville, and after a three year detour in the Marine Corps, he returned home to become a police officer.

Known around town as “Office Friendly,” he served on the force for thirty years. One of his proudest achievements during his time as an officer was the dedication of Safety Town, a miniature town that teaches children about public safety and how to avoid danger.

In 1995, he was first elected and has served as mayor for a record-setting 20 years, during a time of great expansion and growth for the city.

The mayor led Naperville with his signature mix of charm and compassion.

His annual tradition of delivering the State of the City Address in a tuxedo and silk top hat will certainly be missed.

Mayor Pradel is also a devoted husband to his beloved wife, Pat, and a dedicated father to his children and foster children.

Mayor Pradel, as you step down and spend time with family, know that your dedication to the community, and your energy and enthusiasm for serving Naperville will never be forgotten.

Thank you, and I yield back.

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