It's a sad day for our state. Some people who worked closely with her over the years were full of stories and memories. They just couldn't say enough good things about the woman she was.
"She was priceless. She was a trailblazer. She was a titan."
Clark Netsch was a bold face in Illinois politics for decades. A straight shooter, Clark Netsch was a state senator for almost 20-years and became the first woman to hold a constitutional office in Illinois. She was also the first woman to have a shot at being governor.
"What a challenge for her to really be the first to go there and she did it with such grace that it really inspired the rest of us."
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says she was a hero.
"What stood out about Dawn is what she did about her passion. She acted on it all the time. She stood up for issues that other people were hesitant to stand up for."
But, beyond the political spotlight, those who knew her best say she was truly a one-of-a-kind woman.
"You didn't have to call her Comptroller. While she was in the senate, you didn't have to call her Senator. She was always Dawn."
Rick Davis was her press secretary. He says there are too many good memories to count, but one thing about Clark Netsch sticks out from the rest.
"She was such a passionate White Sox fan. We shared season tickets for a couple of years. She sat there with her scorecard. She kept score for, I think, every game she went to."
Others say her passions went further than baseball.
"She just stood for that everyone can and should be involved."
"She will be missed. She will be missed tremendously."