Wyvetter H. Younge, one of the longest-serving current members of the Illinois House, has died. She was 78.Funeral arrangements are pending and also Younge was an alumni of Hampton University. Here's her General Assembly profile.
Younge was taken to a hospital with a bleeding artery on Dec. 9. She died Friday night from complications that arose during surgery, said her daughter, Margaret Hewitt.
Younge, a mother of five, represented East St. Louis as a Democrat since 1975. Hewitt, who is now 43, was nine years old when Younge was first elected.
Hewitt remembers that her mother drove 90 minutes each way to Springfield every day so she could see her children in the mornings and evenings.
ADDITION: Illinois Review pays tribune and links to an article about the late state Representative courtesy of St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Rep. Younge was first elected to the House in 1975 and promptly made urban renewal one of her primary focuses.According this article state law indicates that local Democratic Party officials must declare a replacement in Younge's district within 30 days.
In Springfield, Rep. Younge was known as a champion of causes on behalf of her largely poor district. Many of the bills she sponsored in the current legislative term were typical, focusing on issues such as substance abuse treatment, services for the homeless and economic development in St. Clair County.
"Wyvetter was a tireless advocate for East St. Louis who never stopped trying to improve life for her constituents," Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said Saturday through a spokesman. A statement from Gov. Rod Blagojevich had similar sentiments.