Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement regarding the passing of Dawn Clark Netsch. In 1991, Cullerton was appointed to the Illinois Senate to fulfill the term of Dawn Clark Netsch representing the 6th legislative district:

“Because of the success of Dawn Clark Netsch, I began my career in the Illinois Senate. Born on the same day and in the same year as my dear mother, Dawn Clark Netsch has been a mentor throughout my career. As the first woman to run for governor, she has been a motivator for an entire generation of public servants. That is her lasting legacy.

In one of her final public appearances she received lifetime achievement award for her dedication and service for women and families in the state of Illinois. It was an honor to be among those giving Dawn the proud ovation that she had earned. She was a remarkable reformer with a tremendous career worthy of our recognition and praise.”