Evergreen Park mayor in hospital
By Bob Rakow Correspondent August 7, 2012 10:56PM
Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton | File photo
Updated: September 9, 2012 6:26AM
Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton has been hospitalized with a viral infection but is recovering well, Trustee Jerry Bosch said at Tuesday’s village board meeting.
“The mayor and his family appreciate your thoughts and prayers,” said Bosch, who read a statement before the meeting.
Bosch would not confirm where Sexton is hospitalized or when he was admitted. He denied a rumor that Sexton has the West Nile virus, saying he is “getting stronger every day. It’s just a day-to-day thing.”
Sexton, 60, is in regular telephone communication with trustees and department heads but is not accepting visitors, village officials said.
“He’s checking in every day on us,” village Clerk Catherine Amato said, adding that Sexton directed village staff during power outages on Sunday.
Bosch said Sexton, who was elected mayor in 2001, had not missed a village board meeting in 11 years.
“I’m sure he agonized a bit over the fact that he couldn’t be here,” Bosch said.
Sexton has also served as a village trustee and village clerk.