Mayor Hospitalized, Family Releases Statement

Officials declined to say where and for how long Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton has been hospitalized with a viral infection, but say the mayor is not incapacitated and communicates regularly with village officials.

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.

Nana August 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Prayers are being said daily for you and your family!
Josie Donovan August 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM
He is in great hands & is enthusiastically waiting to get back behind his desk! I can say if it were up to him he would already be there!! He is thankful & blessed to have all of your thoughts & prayers coming his way! He will be back & better then ever soon!
Nana August 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Great news! Ty!!
Gloria Kamper August 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Get well SOON, Mayor Sexton! You're in my thoughts & prayers as you recover. Evergreen Park won't be as bright until you're seen smiling on 95th Street again!
Josie Donovan August 21, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Just an update to all of our EP Residents; Mayor Sexton as of today has tested positive for West Nile; he was tested 3 times for West Nile; the first two were negative with the final result coming back today as positive. He is through the worst of the infection & he is now working hard in physical therapy to get back to where his home & heart is in Evergreen Park! I read him all of the kind thoughts & prayers that I receive from family & friends! Keep him in your thoughts. & prayers for a full recovery & to be home soon!!


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