Police called to state rep's house for another domestic fight

Special to the Tribune

For the second time in a little more than a month, police were called to the Lake Villa-area home of State Sen. Suzi Schmidt for an alleged domestic dispute, officials said.

According to a Lake County sheriff’s department report, police arrived at Schmidt’s home at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, where her husband, Robert, told authorities that his wife struck him with a cell phone, bit both of his forearms and scratched his face.

Suzi Schmidt told officials her husband had knocked her to the ground, got on top of her and struck her in the eye.

 “Robert had a large laceration on his forearm consistent with a bite, and other injuries,” the police report said. “Suzanne had a red mark on her left eye.”

Neither party has been charged. Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Scheller said he decided not to approve charges based on the information he received by police at the time.

“It was a case that couldn’t be proven in court,” he said. “There was apparently mutual combat between Suzi Schmidt and her husband.”

In mid-August, the sheriff's department investigated a "domestic incident" between Suzi Schmidt and her husband, who called police to their home. No charges were filed in that case either by the state’s attorney's office.

At that time, neither Suzi Schmidt, nor her husband, would comment on what Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran described at the time as a "verbal argument."

Legislative aide Lauren Fleming described the incident at that time as a "personal matter."

Scheller said that he did not take the previous matter into consideration when deciding whether or not to approve charges in this case.

“I don’t consider that unless there was some sort of link between the two,” he said. “I didn’t see a link.”

Suzi Schmidt, a Republican, served as the Lake County Board chairwoman from 2000 to 2010, when she defeated Democrat Michael Bond for the Senate seat in the 31st District.


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