State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and Rep. Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) today paid tribute to their predecessor in the Illinois General Assembly for serving McHenry County – and the entire state – with honor and dedication.

Former State Sen. Dick Klemm passed away on Tuesday. Althoff led the Senate in a tribute to Klemm, a political mentor who shared a focus on local issues.

“Many of you who served with him knew he was a phenomenal statesman, but what many of you don’t realize is he was a great community leader and a devoted family man,” Althoff said to her Senate colleagues, who held a moment of silence following her remarks.

“Dick Klemm was a good friend and mentor who was well respected locally and in Springfield," said State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake). "He truly is a political talent that will be missed."

Sen. Klemm began his public service when he was elected to the Nunda Township Board, where he served for eight years. He also served seven years as President of the District 46 Board of Education in Crystal Lake and eight years as a member and President of the McHenry County Board.

He first began his legislative service in 1981 as a member of the Illinois House, where he served for 12 years prior to a 10 year career in the Illinois Senate. He stepped down in 2003 after being diagnosed with cancer.

“Sen. Klemm was a fighter in every sense of the word,” Althoff said. “His life was devoted for fighting for the families and taxpayers of our communities. We are all truly fortunate and blessed for his service.”

 

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