CHICAGO (CBS) — A suburban mayor who set new standards for staying busy died Wednesday night, two years into his second term in office.
Park Ridge Mayor David Schmidt was first elected in 2009, and was re-elected in 2013. Park Ridge village manager Shawn Hamilton said Schmidt was stricken suddenly at home Wednesday night, and taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where he died.
“Please join the Elected Officials and City Staff in keeping Mayor Schmidt’s family in your thoughts and prayers,” the city said in a post on its Facebook page.
In addition to his duties as mayor, Schmidt also represented Park Ridge on the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, working to protect residents from noise pollution after Chicago city officials began expanding nearby O’Hare International Airport.
“He was very concerned about the citizens of Park Ridge, who were affected when they reconfigured the runways, and how the impact on their everyday lives was,” Park Ridge Ald. Joseph Sweeney said.