Trial Date Set for Illinois Sen. Suzi Schmidt

Lawmaker faces criminal damage and trespassing charges

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012  |  Updated 5:58 PM CDT
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An Illinois lawmaker facing criminal damage and trespassing charges is scheduled to go on trial next week.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Don Tyer on Wednesday said an Oct. 10 trial date is set for state Sen. Suzi Schmidt.

Schmidt pleaded not guilty in June to misdemeanor criminal damage and trespassing charges stemming from a dispute with neighbors. The neighbors earlier that month obtained the order to bar Schmidt from coming within 500 feet of their property after she allegedly harassed them for more than a year with phone calls, emails and texts.

Schmidt was arrested in June following an alleged dispute with those same neighbors.
Schmidt made news last year when 911 tapes were released of her using her job title to try and persuade police to ignore her husband's domestic disturbance calls.

Despite pressure to resign from office after the allegations against her, the senator stayed on, but later decided not to seek re-election.

Prosecutors say the charge of criminal damage to property carries a possible sentence of up to 364 days in jail; a misdemeanor trespassing conviction has a possible sentence of up to six months in jail.

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