The first woman to receive the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor has passed away.
Dawn Clark Netsch, former Illinois comptroller, died at the age of 86 in her Chicago home on Tuesday, March 5. She suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.
Netsch served 18 years in the state Senate and spent more than 60 years in Illinois politics, helping to rewrite the state's constitution in 1970. She was elected comptroller in 1990.
Netsch ran for governor in 1994, losing to Republican incumbent Jim Edgar.