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Former State Lawmaker Reveals ALS Diagnosis
Former Illinois comptroller and longtime state Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch said she's suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease. The disease, also known as ALS, is a fatal degenerative disorder that weakens the nerves and makes it difficult to walk, swallow, and speak.
Netsch said the diagnosis is "a tough one." Although she sometimes needs assistance to walk, she's continuing her work on two state ethics commissions.
The Illinois Democrat was elected state comptroller in 1990. She helped rewrite the Illinois constitution in 1970 and, shortly after, was elected to the state Senate, where she served for 18 years.