An interview with Dawn Clark Netsch

An interview of Dawn Clark Netsch conducted by Mark DePue for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Topics discussed include Northwestern University and University Law School; Judge Julius Hoffman; Adlai Stevenson, II; Committee on Illinois Government; Governor Otto Kerner; the "Crazy Eight...

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Corporate Author: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Other Authors: DePue, Mark R., (Interviewer)
Format: Spoken Word Recording Audio CD
Language:English
Published:2010-2011.
Series:Illinois statecraft - Jim Edgar oral history project.
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520 |a An interview of Dawn Clark Netsch conducted by Mark DePue for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.  |b Topics discussed include Northwestern University and University Law School; Judge Julius Hoffman; Adlai Stevenson, II; Committee on Illinois Government; Governor Otto Kerner; the "Crazy Eight" [Independent Democratic members of the IL Senate]; Gov. Jim Thompson; Gov. Jim Edgar; Equal Rights Amendment fight in Illinois; Illinois State Comptroller; Northwestern University School of Law professor; architect Walter Netsch; tax reform in Illinois; merit selection of judges; gender issues; and gay and lesbian rights. 
538 |a System requirements: PC with DVD rom; DVD-R, WAV, mp3. 
540 |a Authorization to publish or reproduce beyond fair use criteria must be obtained from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Audio/Visual Department, 112 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL 62701. 
545 |a Dawn Clark was born on Sept. 16, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended public schools throughout the depression and the second World War. She attended Northwestern University 1944-1948, then enrolled in the University's law school, where she graduated at the top of her class in 1952. After working on Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign, she spent two years with a Washington, D.C. law firm before returning to Chicago, where she clerked for Judge Julius Hoffman. She again worked for Stevenson's presidential campaign in 1956, and also became active in the Committee on Illinois Government, a group of independent democrats seeking to carry on the spirit of Stevenson's legacy. After four years in a Chicago law firm, she served as an assistant to Governor Otto Kerner from 1961-1965. In 1969 Netsch was elected as a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention, and in 1972 was elected to her first term as Illinois state senator. She served in the Senate until 1991, quickly becoming one of its most prominent members. Among the many issues she championed were the Equal Rights Amendment (which never passed in Illinois), ethics reform, merit selection of judges, revenue and finance concerns, and a variety of gender related issues. In 1990 she was elected as the state Comptroller, and served during a time of severe budget constraints in Illinois. She challenged Governor Jim Edgar for the governorship in 1994, advocating a raise in the state income tax with a near corresponding decrease in individual property taxes in order to restore fiscal health to the state's school system. She was soundly defeated in the general election. Following her defeat, Netsch returned to academia, still serving on the faculty of the Northwestern University Law School at the time of this interview, while staying involved in a variety of causes, and serving as one of Illinois's most respected elder statesmen. 
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