Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton has been hospitalized and is receiving treatment for a viral infection, officials announced at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Before the night's agenda got underway, Village Clerk Catherine T. Aparo read a statement from Sexton's family noting that the mayor "is receiving the best possible care and is surrounded by his family and is getting stronger every day."
The family has also requested no visitors as the mayor gets his rest, according to the statement. The statement also specifically mentioned the West Nile virus and denied that Sexton was suffering from it.
Trustee Jerry Bosch chaired Tuesday night's meeting in his absence.
Bosch and Aparo declined to say how long Sexton has been in the hospital or for how much longer the mayor may be inside.
However, Bosch said Sexton is very much in the loop of village business and Aparo said he checks in regularly.
"Every day, he has access to be kept informed," Bosch said. "If there is a major emergency" the mayor would be notified, he said.
Bosch said Sexton is "agonized" over being away but "sometimes it's better to do what's best for you. We are all concerned about what's best for him."
The trustee also indicated that Sexton's prognosis is good.