Judge John Schmidt passes away
Judge John Schmidt, age 52, of Springfield, passed away at early Tuesday morning at Memorial Medical Center's Emergency Room.
At this time, the Sangamon County Coroner says his death is presumed to be from natural causes and there is no evidence of foul play.
An autopsy will be performed Tuesday in Springfield.
Judge John Schmidt was appointed to fill an open spot on the 4th district appellate court in October.
He was selected as circuit court judge in the 7th circuit in 2010 and was elected to remain on the bench in 2012.
Prior to being a judge, Schmidt was Sangamon County State’s Attorney. He was appointed to that job in 1999. He won re-election for state’s attorney in 2000, 2004 and 2008.