On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of The Honorable Esther Golar, State Representative for Illinois’ 6th Legislative District.
Representative Golar, a six-term legislator, was a dedicated community leader for some of Chicago’s most under-served neighborhoods. She was a champion and advocate for seniors and people with disabilities, quality classroom education, equal access to healthcare, economic development, and public safety. As a demonstration of her commitment and passion for her communities, just two weeks ago, while hospitalized in Chicago, she demanded and received an escort to Springfield so that she could cast her vote to override the Governor’s veto of a bill that would have restored over $300 M to the Illinois Childcare Assistance Program. Representative Golar also possessed a gifted voice and wouldn’t hesitate to launch into song to help us better understand the importance of passing legislation that supports safe, healthy, and resilient children, families, and communities.
A Chicago native, Golar attended Malcolm X College. She was also a member of Alternative Policing Strategy, Robert Fulton Elementary Local School Council (1999-2006), and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Inc. (1998-2006). She received the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Leadership Award and was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.
Representative Golar, you fought the good fight and you will be dearly missed. May you rest in eternal peace.
Malik S. Nevels, J.D.