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Illinois veteran lawmaker Dawn Clark Netsch.

ILLINOIS VETERAN LAWMAKER DAWN CLARK NETSCH (D), who loved cigarette holders, champagne, beer and the White Sox, died at 86 after battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. First elected in 1972, she served in the Senate for 18 years. She was the Democratic candidate for governor in 1994, beating out two men--the attorney general and the Cook County Board president. She lost in the general election to Republican Jim Edgar. "She was an original. But the most important thing is she was a trailblazer," said David Axlerod, director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durban delivered a tribute to her on the Senate floor, saying that "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."

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Title Annotation:PEOPLE & POLITICS
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:May 1, 2013
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