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Former GOP leader Ellen Schrodt dies

Former long-time Evanston Township Republican Committeeman Ellen Schrodt has died.

Ellen SchrodtSchrodt, who was also known for hosting "Our Town Evanston," the longest-running public access program on Evanston Community Television, died this morning. She had taped the most recent edition of the interview program last weekend.

Her death was announced by her husband Ariel Schrodt, who directed the program.

Schrodt, who was about 86 years old, reportedly was hospitalized after being injured in a fall earlier this week.

Along with her service as a party activist, Schrodt also ran an unsuccessful campaign for a Cook County Commission seat in 1998.

Evanston Community Media Center Executive Director Steve Bartlebaugh said, "The list of community leaders she brought through our doors was phenomenal. She was a dear friend who made our town a special place."

The Schrodts and the "Our Town" program received a lifetime achievement award in 2006 during the media center’s 20th anniversary celebration.

A memorial service and reception for Ellen Schrodt will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

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