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  • Facing domestic problems, Suzi Schmidt won’t run in 2012 Oct 31, 2011 4:42 PM
    Beleaguered by domestic problems and questions about her possible use of political influence, state Sen. Suzi Schmidt on Monday announced she won’t seek re-election in 2012. “At this point in my life, my personal life and my family are my priority, and I hope to dedicate more of my time with them in the coming months and years,” the Lake Villa Township Republican said.

     
  • Schmidt statement Oct 5, 2011 5:46 PM
    Full text of statement released Wednesday by state Sen. Suzi Schmidt

     
  • Suzi Schmidt staying in Senate despite 911 call controversy Oct 5, 2011 10:50 PM
    Embattled state Sen. Suzi Schmidt isn't stepping down and will seek re-election in 2012, the Lake Villa Township Republican said Wednesday. “I believe I can and will continue to serve the citizens of Lake County with the same dedication and energy I've had for the past 25 years,” Schmidt said in a five-paragraph statement emailed to the media.

     
  • Moving on from a public mistake Oct 4, 2011 10:24 AM
    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt made a serious mistake when she called 911 during a personal crisis and identified her 'connections,' but, a Daily Herald editorial says, that alone should not force her out of office.

     
  • Lake GOP leader says it’s premature to talk about replacing Schmidt in Senate Oct 1, 2011 8:19 AM
    With questions swirling about state Sen. Suzi Schmidt’s political future, Lake County’s Republican Party leader on Friday denied a list of potential successors has been compiled. “It would not be right to start doing that before Suzi even had a chance to make a decision,” local GOP Chairman Bob Cook said.

     
  • Lake GOP leader says it’s premature to talk about replacing Schmidt in Senate Oct 1, 2011 8:59 PM
    With questions swirling about state Sen. Suzi Schmidt’s political future, Lake County’s Republican Party leader on Friday denied a list of potential successors has been compiled. “It would not be right to start doing that before Suzi even had a chance to make a decision,” local GOP Chairman Bob Cook said.

     
  • Radogno: Schmidt revelations “extremely troubling” Sep 29, 2011 5:02 PM
    The state Senate’s top Republican on Thursday called the 911 recordings stemming from state Sen. Suzi Schmidt’s domestic problems “extremely troubling.” Senate GOP leader Christine Radogno also said she has been speaking with Schmidt as the freshman senator from Lake Villa Township “makes important decisions regarding her personal and professional life.”

     
  • Schmidt's statement Sep 29, 2011 5:33 AM
    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt mentioned being a former Lake County Board chairman and her “connections” on a December call asking a 911 dispatcher to ignore her husband if he summoned help, according to a recording released Wednesday. Moreover, the Republican senator alluded to politics again Monday when speaking to Lake County sheriff's deputies who were called to the couple's home by her husband, Robert, because of a purported domestic dispute. No charges were filed.

     
  • Did state Sen. Schmidt use clout on domestic disturbance police call? Sep 30, 2011 9:49 AM
    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt mentioned being a former Lake County Board chairman and her “connections” on a December call asking a 911 dispatcher to ignore her husband if he summoned help, according to a recording released Wednesday. Moreover, the Republican senator alluded to politics again Monday when speaking to Lake County sheriff's deputies who were called to the couple's home by her husband, Robert, because of a purported domestic dispute. No charges were filed.

     
  • Schmidt, husband involved in domestic dispute; no charges filed Sep 27, 2011 6:46 PM
    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt and her husband were involved in a domestic dispute that will not result in criminal charges, officials said Tuesday. It is the second time in six weeks the Lake Villa couple has been involved in a domestic dispute. The previous report also did not result in any charges being filed.

     
  • Grayslake Democrat entering state senate primary Aug 31, 2011 6:55 PM
    Lake County Board member Melinda Bush of Grayslake plans to seek statewide office in the spring primary. Bush announced Wednesday that she'll run in the Democratic primary in Senate District 31, which is represented by Republic Suzi Schmidt of Lake Villa.

     
  • State leaders to host children’s health, safety fair Aug 23, 2011 8:55 AM
    State Rep. Ed Sullivan and State Sen. Dan Duffy have announced they will co-host a Children’s Health and Safety Fair Saturday, Aug. 27.

     
  • Schmidt looks back at Lake Co. career Dec 11, 2010 5:30 PM
    As she prepared to end her 10-year run as Lake County Board chairman, Suzi Schmidt had an office to clean out. So there she was, in a turtleneck sweater and blue jeans, sorting through papers, awards, budget binders, photographs and countless other knickknacks and mementos that had accumulated in her 10th-floor office at the county government center in Waukegan.

     
  • Schmidt plans to use consensus-building skills in state senate Nov 3, 2010 4:09 PM
    Republican Lake County Board Chairwoman Suzi Schmidt says she’s confident she can be an effective state senator, even as part of the minority in the Democrat-controlled chamber.

     
  • Schmidt defeats Bond for 31st Senate seat Nov 2, 2010 10:58 PM
    Republican Lake County Board Chairwoman Suzi Schmidt is stepping up to statewide office. Schmidt, 59, of Lake Villa, topped Democratic state Sen. Michael Bond for the 4-year, Senate District 31 seat that was up in Tuesday's election. Bond was elected to his first term in 2006.

     
  • Lake County voters get their say Nov 1, 2010 5:53 PM
    Whether it be with relief the bombardment of nasty political ads is ending or with conviction that at last your chance to have a say has arrived, voters statewide and locally head to the polls with a lot at stake.

     
  • Bond delivers for Lake County Oct 29, 2010 7:47 PM
    I recently saw one of Suzi Schmidt’s mailers that says state Sen. Michael Bond was trying to distort her record. The piece goes on to accuse Sen. Bond of voting to give himself a pay raise. Talk about negative campaign, this piece is so far from the truth that it’s laughable. The fact of the matter is that Sen. Bond wasn’t even in the Senate when the bill that Schmidt accuses him of supporting was passed. That’s just plain dirty politics. Then Schmidt proceeds to accuse Bond of voting for “nearly one hundred million dollars in pork barrel spending.” Schmidt tries to link the senator to Blagojevich, but it just doesn’t fly. Sen. Michael Bond has been a fiscally conservative independent voice and not part of the problem in Springfield. I have lived in Lake County since 1978 and have paid property taxes for the past 32 years, I have never, I mean never received a decent return from Springfield for my tax dollar until Bond was elected. Today, the sad reality in Lake County is that seniors are losing their property or being forced to sell and move into subsidized public housing because they can’t afford to pay their property taxes. We need to elect a fair-minded independent professional to represent us in the 31st Senate District. Over the past four years, Bond has worked tirelessly to bring our share of tax money back to Lake County in the form of road improvements and other projects that we have been waiting 20 years for. Bond is a smart hardworking numbers guy that will help pull northern Lake County out of this recession. Let’s move Lake County forward, not back to the same old ways of pay, pay, pay, for the benefit of the few well connected. Peter Grant Antioch

     
  • 14 state races pass $1 million fundraising mark Oct 29, 2010 7:17 PM
    It just keeps rolling in. In a seven-day span, the number of state legislative races crossing the $1 million fundraising threshold has increased from 10 to 14.

     
  • 10 legislative races where spending hit $1 million Oct 27, 2010 10:46 AM
    With a week to go until the Nov. 2 election, 10 legislative races three of them in the suburbs have passed the $1 million mark in terms of fundraising dollars, putting them among the most expensive campaigns in Illinois history.

     
  • State Senate District 31: Schmidt Oct 19, 2010 3:35 PM
    The race for the Illinois Senate from District 31 in northern Lake County is a competitive one between two solid candidates — incumbent Democrat Michael Bond of Grayslake and Lake County Board Chairwoman Suzi Schmidt, a Republican from Lake Villa.

     
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