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Lawmaker won't seek re-election after 911 flap

LAKE VILLA (AP) – A Republican state senator whose 911 calls over disputes with her husband garnered criticism from her own party says she won't seek re-election.

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt made the announcement Monday, weeks after saying she would stay in office and run again.

Tapes of 911 calls reveal the Lake Villa senator telling police to ignore her husband's complaints during a domestic dispute. She also told a dispatcher during a Christmas Day call that her husband was afraid of her because of her connections. She identified herself as a former Lake County board chairwoman.

Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno had called Schmidt's actions an "abuse of the public trust" that wouldn't be tolerated.

In a Monday statement, Schmidt says her personal life and family are priority at this time.


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