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Aurora Council honors Alderman Abby Schuler

AurorFirst-ward Alderman Abby Schulercenter is honored for her 10 years service City Council Tuesday night. Schuler is pictured with Alderman

Aurora First-ward Alderman Abby Schuler,center, is honored for her 10 years of service to the City Council Tuesday night. Schuler, is pictured with Alderman John “Whitey” Peters, left, and Alderman Bob O’Connor. | Courtesy of City of Aurora Sept 11, 2013

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Updated: October 15, 2013 6:56AM

AURORA — She may be leaving Council Chambers, but “quiet storm” Alderman Abby Schuler isn’t going far.

Schuler, 1st Ward, was honored by her fellow aldermen Tuesday night at her last City Council meeting. Starting Monday, she’ll be a city employee, working under Brian Caputo in the city’s Finance Department.

Referring to Schuler as the “quiet storm” on Council, Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, 7th Ward, said Schuler used her accounting background to solve problems as alderman methodically.

“That math genius in you always showed. You could get through a storm and see something clearly,” Hart-Burns said.

Alderman John “Whitey” Peters, 5th Ward, said he remembered meeting Schuler for the first time 10 years ago when they were sworn in as aldermen. Schuler and Peters were two in a class of five new aldermen that joined City Council in 2003, after the Council was expanded from 10 members to 12.

Two people couldn’t be more different, Peters said.

“She was a young politician, I was an old dog politician. She was from the Hill, and I’m from the valley,” he said. “She’s small. I’m not.”

“She’s cute... so am I,” Peters joked. “They speak, she listens.”

Schuler was a great listener who represented her 1st Ward constituents well, whether it be trees or taxes, sidewalks or firemen, Peters said. He will always call Schuler his friend, Peters said.

While serving as alderman, Schuler also raised a family. Schuler’s two children were 4 and 7 when she was elected to the post. Today, they’re in high school, 14 and 17 years old, Schuler said.

Calling her departure “bittersweet,” Schuler said she served with a fine group of people she is proud to call her friends.

“They’re all very unique in the experiences that they bring to the table, but the one thing they have in common is a passion for the city of Aurora and the people that they serve,” she said.

Under Illinois Municipal Code, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner is responsible for submitting an appointee for consideration to the Aurora City Council.

Residents interested in being considered for appointment should send a letter of interest, resume and five letters of recommendation, three of which should be from 1st Ward residents. The packet must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, to the Mayor’s Office, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL, 60505.

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