Sue Scherer
State Representative          
96th Illinois House District
 
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Biography

State Representative Sue Scherer

 

A long-time Macon County educator, Sue Scherer’s focus as a candidate for State Representative is creating and retaining jobs, balancing the state budget, strengthening education and improving public safety.

 

Sue is not a politician. She is a teacher and a mother who is frustrated with the lack of action from our state government. Sue is committed to working with both sides of the aisle - Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – to get results instead of the constant bickering we see today. She wants to bring common sense to the Legislature at a time when it is needed most.

 

Sue has been a teacher for 32 years, spending most of her time in the Maroa-Forsyth school district. She is concerned that when her students reach adulthood they will leave the region for more abundant job opportunities. Therefore, keeping jobs, and people, in Central Illinois is at the top of her legislative agenda. Being a teacher requires Sue to keep pushing kids to do better, even in the face of tough challenges, and she will hold that attitude as a lawmaker as she works to revitalize our economy.

 

The daughter of a machinist and a homemaker, Sue knows the value of hard work and the struggles of middle-class families in Central Illinois. She wants to be a strong voice for taxpayers who are struggling to make ends meet by taking a fiscally conservative view of the state’s budgeting process. She worked her way through college without the benefit of student loans or her family paying all of the costs. She saved for years to put herself through school, knows what it’s like to have to work hard and spend only what you have to try and save for a rainy day. That philosophy has been lost in Springfield, but Sue wants to bring it back.

 

Knowing firsthand the challenges faced by students, parents, educators and taxpayers, Sue will bring a unique perspective to the efforts to improve Illinois’ public school system. She is also emphasizing the need to provide law enforcement and community organizations with the tools they need as they work to protect our families from sex offenders and other dangerous criminals.

 

Sue has been an active member in the community. A member of the Decatur Family YMCA for over 20 years, she has volunteered as a youth soccer coach. A lifelong resident of Decatur, Sue attended St. James Grade School and graduated from St. Teresa High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.

 

Sue and her husband Brad, who was also born and raised in Decatur, have been married for 31 years. Together they raised four children to adulthood – Beth, Sara, Marcy and Tyler. They have recently become proud grandparents to their first grandson and granddaughter both born this past summer.  Sue and Brad are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Decatur.

 

The 96th House District includes most of Decatur, a large portion of Springfield and all or portions of Berry, Blue Mound, Bolivia, Boody, Buckhart, Bulpitt, Edinburg, Harristown, Jerseyville, Kincaid, Mt. Auburn, New City, Niantic, Roby, Rochester, Stonington and Tovey.

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