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Reaction to death of Dawn Clark Netsch

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Pioneering Illinois politician and former state comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch died Tuesday at age 86. Here is reaction from across the state:

"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." -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

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"Most importantly, Dawn was a straight shooter, and not just at playing pool. She always told the people of Illinois what they needed to know." -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

"For decades, Dawn was a powerful and plain-spoken voice for those whose voices were not heard in our city and state. She refused to allow underrepresented residents of our city and state, whether they were women, immigrants, or gays and lesbians, be denied a seat at the table." -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

"Dawn leaves behind a long path paved with the shattered glass from the ceilings she broke for women in leadership." -- U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley.

"Dawn always remembered that government exists to serve taxpayers, not the other way around. She was a leader who was ahead of her time and our state is better for her service." -- Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

"She was straightforward, a straight shooter and great at explaining state issues. She was not just a public servant, but a teacher. She will be missed." -- Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

"She blazed a trail for women and worked hard to make sure so many of us could follow her." -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

"Her legacy will live on through her incomparable career of helping others." -- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

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