SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lost one of its fearless leaders State Representative Esther Golar. Representative Golar began serving in the General Assembly in 2006 and led several initiatives to expand education, lower recidivism and bring jobs to the residents of the 6th House District.
“On behalf of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, it is with a heavy heart that we send our condolences to the family of our friend and colleague State Representative Esther Golar. Her kind heart and loving spirit is irreplaceable. Our treasured memories will last us a lifetime. Representative Golar is widely known to be willing to sing acapella at a moment’s notice. Whether it was at an event to raise awareness for our most needy or on the House floor while she was presenting legislation, she was always willing to share her talents with us. Share is a word that exemplifies her spirit. Representative Golar was always willing to share her knowledge and common sense leadership with members of the Black Caucus. She was always a pleasant woman to work with, and always had words of encouragement for other legislators. Representative Golar’s final legislative effort exemplified her willingness to always lend a helping hand. She put her life in harm’s way to ensure families could have access to childcare. This speaks volumes to her entire career as a community advocate. She is a legislator who was loved by her colleagues, and she will truly be missed.”
– Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, Senate Assistant Majority Leader– Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus
“A giant has gone home to be with the Lord. Representative Esther Golar was a true warrior for the people. She risked her life to travel to Springfield to vote on issues that were important to low income and middle class families. She literally put her life on the line for others. And she knew it. Esther was willing to die for what she believed in. That’s rare and should be appreciated. Esther was not just my colleague. She was my friend. She was my mentor. She was my confidant. Often times in Springfield, if you saw me, you saw me with Esther. Esther has walked with me and held my hand through almost every major event in my adult life. When my mother died. When my brother died. When my stepson died. When I was married and when I had my daughter… Esther was always there. Those are the things that matter to me most. She prayed for me and with me and that I will forever miss that. Esther was a friend and colleague who always had a word from the Good Book to make everything that goes on in the Capitol and in life make a little more sense. Esther was a true child of God that loved everyone else as she loved herself. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Praying for Esther’s daughter Tiffany Golar and family today.”
– Representative Jehan – Gordan – Booth House Assistant Majority Leader
“The 6th House District gained an angel today along with the countless people whose lives Representative Golar has impacted. She stood for the voiceless in her district by reminding legislative leaders of the most vulnerable in our community. She was a fighter and her loss is a detriment of our state.”
-State Representative Camille Lilly
“The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will truly miss our colleague and friend Representative Esther Golar. We send our condolences to her family and friends.”
~ Representative Carol Ammons, Representative Monique Davis, Representative Will Davis, Representative Ken Dunkin, Representative John Anthony, Representative Marcus Evans, Representative Mary Flowers, Representative LaShawn Ford, Representative Jehan Gordon – Booth, Representative Rita Mayfield, Representative Christian Mitchell, Representative Pamela Reaves-Harris, Representative Al Riley, Representative Elgie Sims, Representative Andre Thapedi, Representative Art Turner, Representative Litesa Wallace, Representative Chris Welch, Senator Jacqueline Collins, Senator Napoleon Harris, Senator Toi Hutchinson, Senator Emil Jones III, Patricia Van Pelt, Kwame Raoul, Senator James Clayborne, Senator Kimberly Lightford, Senator Donne Trotter, Senator Mattie Hunter.