Illinois State Representative Esther Golar (D-Chicago) died Monday morning at age 71. Golar served in the Illinois House of Representatives for ten years.
Golar is known by her friends as someone who fought for the voiceless. She travelled to Springfield this month to vote to protect childcare assistance and bills for elder and disabled services. She risked her health doing so and even had to check in to a hospital in Springfield.
State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Champaign) said Golar’s dedication to her job as a public servant is an example to all.
“I believe Esther set the standard for us as new legislators and people who are in the public sector.”
Even members from the other side of the aisle recognize Golar’s affect on the chamber. State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur) said she was one of a kind.
“We need more Esther Golars in the General Assembly regardless of whether you have a ‘D’ or ‘R’ behind your name.”
Governor Bruce Rauner (R-Illinois) released a statement calling her “a pillar of strength in her community” and someone who “represented the people of the Sixth District with tenacity and grace.”
Details of any memorial or funeral arrangements for Golar have not been released.