IL State Rep Suzanne Deucher passed away at the age of 92

Former Illinois state representative Suzanne Deuchler who represented the Aurora area in the 80s and 90s died last week at the age of 92.

According to The Chicago Tribune, Deuchler was born July 21, 1929, in Chicago, to Elvin and Margaret Clark.

After spending four years representing the West Side of Aurora on the Kane County Board, Suzanne Deuchler served 18 years as a Republican state representative from Aurora in the General Assembly.

In 1980, when she ran for the General Assembly for the first time, she defeated Al Schoeberlein, a 16-year incumbent who was 80 years old at the time.

In the Illinois House, she served on the committees for banking, education, appropriations, transportation, and the environment and she was renowned for standing out for women’s rights.

Abortion rights and the Equal Rights Amendment were among her favorite causes, and she was well recognized for her stance on environmental problems. She played a key role in the creation of Kane County’s Nelson Lake Nature Preserve.

She also supported educational programs and was one of the legislators who helped make the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora as well as the Orchard Road interchange with Interstate 88 a reality.

“The thing I liked best about being in the legislature was getting to know other women legislators (on both sides of the aisle), female staff members and lobbyists,” she once wrote in a memoir. “It was a very stimulating time in my life.”

“Her family will remember her for her bright smile and all her accomplishments, of which there were many,” said Maryll Moon, Deuchler’s daughter.