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updated: 10/6/2017 11:42 AM

Schaumburg's Mayor Larson in hospital

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  • Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, right, receives an ovation from Village Trustee Tom Dailly and Village Manager Brian Townsend during a ceremony in September to rename the Prairie Center of the Arts for him. The longtime mayor and his family watched as the name was changed to Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts.

      Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, right, receives an ovation from Village Trustee Tom Dailly and Village Manager Brian Townsend during a ceremony in September to rename the Prairie Center of the Arts for him. The longtime mayor and his family watched as the name was changed to Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer, September

 
 

Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, 78, was admitted to Alexian Brothers Medical Center Wednesday, village officials confirmed Friday.

"He's being cared for," Senior Trustee and Mayor Pro Tem George Dunham said of Larson Friday, adding that little is known outside his family about his current condition.

Dunham said he expects to be running the next village board meeting, which is Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Occasionally running a meeting in Larson's absence isn't out of the ordinary for Dunham, but the mayor's absence is typically due to some other reason than being in the hospital, he said.

Larson was honored last month for his accomplishments over 30 years as mayor with the renaming of the village's 31-year-old Prairie Center for the Arts after him.

A couple weeks later, Larson requested that his monthly driving allowance of $693 from the village be ended because he said he'd stopped driving and sold his car due to the progression of the macular degeneration in his eyes.

First elected mayor in 1987, Larson won his eighth and current term unopposed in 2015.

Before becoming mayor, Larson had been a village trustee for 12 years. Prior to that, he was a member of the zoning board of appeals, environmental committee and served as the village's public relations director.

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