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October 19, 2014, 11:21 pm
970 WMAY News

Menard County State's Attorney Baumgarten Dies Of Natural Causes

Menard County State's Attorney Ken Baumgarten has died unexpectedly.  Baumgarten passed away Friday night at a Springfield hospital.  He was 55.


Baumgarten had served as Menard County's top prosecutor for 15 years, and recently began a campaign for circuit judge.  He was married to former Channel 20 news anchor Susan Finzen; the couple had two children.


Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards says Baumgarten died of natural causes.  He was injured last month in an accident at the family's home, but it's unclear if that was a factor in his death.  No autopsy is planned, according to Edwards.

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