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Schmitz chosen as Metro West Legislator of the Year

Metro West Council of Government has named state Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia, its 2013 Legislator of the Year.

Metro West President and Elburn Village President Dave Anderson and Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns presented the award to Schmitz on Thursday.

“The award was established to honor legislators whose record demonstrates their understanding of the municipal perspective on legislative issues and a commitment to supporting the well-being of municipalities,” Anderson said in a news release. “Rep. Schmitz is certainly deserving of this award.”

Schmitz is a fourth generation Kane County resident and lifelong Batavia resident. Before becoming a state representative in 1999, Schmitz served as a Batavia alderman and was a policy analyst for the Illinois House of Representatives.

Schmitz received his degree in public administration and political science from Augustana College. He and his wife, Julianne, live in Batavia with their children, Alex and Ryan.

Schmitz has been a Batavia firefighter and emergency medical technician since 1984. He is a recipient of the Red Cross Hometown Heroes Award and received the Fireman of the Year Award in 2005.

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