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Remembering Clark Netsch

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It is unfortunate that most people did not get to know Dawn Clark Netsch.

Dawn’s vision and courage to take a stand on the tough issues has not been matched by any politician in Illinois since her run for governor in 1994.

One of Dawn’s major plans was to have the state live up to its constitutional responsibility to be the major funder of education for all the children of Illinois. The Netsch Plan explained why the reliance of local property taxes to fund education was not providing enough money to educate children in the poorer areas of the state.

Dawn’s plan to decrease property taxes and increase the state income tax was a fairer way of taxation. The funds for schools would go into its own educational fund instead of the sink hole general revenue fund.

I remember the day Dawn presented her 30-page Netsch Plan. Jim Edgar then presented his one-page plan. Edgar and James “Pate” Philip spent millions of dollars in negative campaigning to mislead people to think that Dawn’s plan was just a tax increase. Just days after Edgar won the election, Philip said that Dawn’s plan for funding education was a good idea. Politicians talk about educational funding but do nothing to solve the real problem.

The day I learned of Dawn Clark Netsch’s death was a sad day. I wish more people would have taken more time to know Dawn. I am glad I did.

Jim Yaworski

Crystal Lake

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