SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement in response to the passing of former State Comptroller and Senator Dawn Clark Netsch:

“Dawn Clark Netsch’s death is a huge loss for the state of Illinois. She will be long remembered for her leadership in Illinois government, and for never letting any barrier stand in her way.  She was an important voice for progressive causes when Phil Rock was Senate president, and that made her part of our extended Oak Park family.  We supported her when she won her race for Comptroller and when she was the first woman to run for governor in a general election. I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without her. She was one of my earliest boosters.  Even in retirement, she stayed engaged.  We served together on the campaign finance reform task force, and to the very end she kept us all honest and focused.  We will miss her greatly, and should all strive to live up to her legacy.”