March 06, 2013

Flags lowered to honor Dawn Clark Netsch

Under a proclamation signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, the United States flag and the Illinois flag are to be at half-staff at all State of Illinois facilities in honor of the late Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset, Wednesday, March 6.

Netsch, 86, died Tuesday, March 5, following a battle with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.  A former state senator, Netsch was the first woman to hold statewide elective office, winning the Illinois comptroller’s seat in 1990.  She lost in the 1994 gubernatorial race to Jim Edgar.

A law professor at Northwestern University, Netsch served 16 years in the General Assembly before running for comptroller.