Evergreen Park Mayor James J. Sexton was welcomed back with a standing ovation at the village board meeting on Oct. 15.
“I don’t think I’d be here without your prayers,” Sexton told the audience.
Sexton, who is recovering from West Nile-related illness, chaired his first village meeting since being stricken in July. He offered a few details of his ordeal, assuring everyone that he would be back 100 percent; but there is still more physical therapy in his future.
Calling it his “good fortune” to be taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, when initially diagnosed, Sexton complimented the doctors and therapists who took care of him. He is now receiving further treatment at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
The therapists will be concentrating on his neck and right shoulder areas, Sexton, who is 45 pounds leaner, said. “I don’t have the urge to eat what I used to,” he said.
While thanking the village clerk, the trustees and his staff, Sexton called himself blessed for being surrounded by those “who stepped up and took care of the day to day business” when he was gone.
The meeting only lasted 16 minutes, but business was taken care of when the trustees unanimously passed two resolutions. One allowed bills to paid before the end of the fiscal year on Oct. 31, and the other allowing payments for the 50-acre park being built at 91st Street and California Avenue.
Business licenses were granted to Lori’s Gifts, 2800 W. 95th St.; Boss Formalwear, moving to 3925 W. 95th St., and G.O.O.D. Cuts, opening at 3510 W. 95th St.
Trustee Mark Marzullo asked for a change in business hours at G.O.O.D. Cuts, and the owner agreed. The shop hours will be in accordance with other barber shops and hair salons in Evergreen Park.
By Patch contributor Joan Hadac