CHICAGO, Ill. -- Former Illinois Comptroller, longtime state senator and the first woman to win the Democratic nomination for Governor Dawn Clark Netsch has died.
Netsch had reported in January that she had been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The passing of the 86-year-old has brought forth reaction from many Illinois politicians.
"Dawn Clark Netsch was a hero of mine since the early 1980s and a friend and mentor ever since," Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said. "She was straight forward, a straight shooter and great at explaining state issues. She was not just a public servant, but a teacher."
"The Illinois political scene will not be the same without that pool-shooting Sox Fan with a cigarette holder, but generations of Illinois women can thank the indomitable force of Dawn Clark Netsch for blazing their path," US Senator Dick Durbin said.
"Throughout her life, Dawn Clark Netsch taught us all about the right way to move forward in our democracy," Governor Pat Quinn said. "We are all better off because of her purposeful life."