Sue Scherer

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Sue Scherer
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Illinois House of Representatives District 96
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolTeacher
Bachelor'sIllinois State University
Master'sEastern Illinois University
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Sue Scherer is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 96. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Scherer earned her B.S. from Illinois State University and her M.S from Eastern Illinois University. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Scherer served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture & Conservation
Economic Development
Higher Education
Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Sue Scherer defeated Gina Lathan in the Democratic primary, while Michael B. Bell defeated Landon Laubhan in the Republican primary. Scherer then defeated Bell in the general election.[2][3][4][5]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Scherer won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 96. Scherer defeated Sam Cahnman and Winston Taylor in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated Dennis Ross Shackelford (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 96, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSue Scherer 62.1% 25,096
     Republican Dennis Shackelford 37.9% 15,334
Total Votes 40,430
Illinois House of Representatives, District 96 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSue Scherer 43.8% 2,557
Sam Cahnman 13.6% 794
Winston Taylor 42.6% 2,488
Total Votes 5,839

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scherer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Scherer raised a total of $737,126 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[9]

Sue Scherer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 96 Won $737,126
Grand Total Raised $737,126


Scherer won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Scherer raised a total of $737,126.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sue Scherer's campaign in 2012
Illinois Democratic Party$242,521
Democratic Party of Illinois$116,997
Illinois Education Association$70,000
Illinois Laborers$50,000
Friends of Michael J Madigan$37,961
Total Raised in 2012$737,126
Source:Follow the Money



In 2012, Scherer's endorsements included the following:[10]

  • Dick Durbin - US Senator
  • Doris Turner - Springfield Ward 3 Alderman
  • Jehan Gordon - IL House of Representatives
  • Illinois Education Association (IEA)
  • Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT)


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[11]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[12]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Scherer and her husband, Brad, have four children.

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Preceded by
Darlene Senger (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 96
Succeeded by