This Saturday, many of the state’s top dignitaries will be on hand in Chicago to pay tribute to the late Dawn Clark Netsch, who passed away last month. A memorial service will be held for the first woman to lead a major ticket in Illinois, when she was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1994. The former state senator and Illinois comptroller is remembered for her long career in public service, her quick wit and her pull no punches style.
All were on display during a series of interview Netsch did with the Oral History Project based at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.
Mark DePue conducted about 23 hours of interviews with Netsch, which are online. We spoke with him about his time getting to know one of the more influential figures in Illinois government and politics….
Hear more of the archived interviews with Dawn Clark Netsch here.