UPDATE: State Sen. Suzi Schmidt Found Not Guilty

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt, R-31st, Lake Villa, appeared in a Lake County courtroom Oct. 10 for her trial for misdemeanor criminal damage to property and trespassing, stemming from her June arrest.

Update, Thursday, Oct. 11:

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt, R-31st, Lake Villa, has been found not guilty of misdemeanor criminal damage to property and trespassing by a Lake County judge due insufficient evidence, reports the Lake County News-Sun.

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The trial of State Sen. Suzi Schmidt, R-31st, Lake Villa, starts Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Schmidt was arrested June 12 for misdemeanor criminal damage and criminal trespass and was served with an Emergency Stalking No Contact Order after a dispute with her neighbor, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Lake County News-Sun, the Republican lawmaker can face up to 364 days in jail and a fine up to $2,500 if she is convicted of Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property, and up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,500 if she is convicted of the Class B misdemeanor trespassing charge.

Schmidt will not be seeking re-election to her District 31 seat in the Illinois Senate. Republican nominee Joe Neal will face off against current Lake County Board member Melinda Bush, who is representing the Democratic party, for the 31st Senate District seat in the November election.

In Sept. 2011, Schmidt, a first-year senator who chaired the Lake County Board from 2000 to 2010, was involved in her second domestic dispute call in just over a month at the Lake Villa home she shares with her husband, according to the Huffington Post. No arrests were made in either incident.

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State Senator Suzi Schmidt Arrested on Misdemeanor Warrant

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Tim Froehlig October 11, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Hmmm, no evidence here, yet there was an arrest? Who dropped the ball, one way or the other, no matter what was true? And then in the case of a D46 board member having sufficient and overwhelming (by their own steatement) evidence against her for charges, the state's attorney's office decides not to even enforce the laws or press charges. Makes you wonder how much politics is playing a role in what goes on in the state's attorney's office these days, doesn't it? Just an honest observation, and not intended to be pro or against Suzi Schmidt either way. Just a balanced, honest observation.


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