David Schmidt, the mayor of northwest suburban Park Ridge, died Wednesday night at the age of 57.
“The City of Park Ridge is deeply saddened to announce that Mayor David Schmidt died on Wednesday, March 4, of a sudden illness,” according to a statement from City Hall.
Schmidt was pronounced dead at Lutheran General Hospital at 11:41 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Schmidt was born in Detroit in 1958, according to a biography on his website. He graduated from New Trier East High School, then attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he double majored in business administration and political science.
He attended Loyola Law School and went on to become an attorney. In 2003, he founded the law firm of Chittenden, Murday & Novotny.
He was first elected mayor in 2009.
He also was a Little League coach, middle school football coach, Cub Scout den leader and church choir member.