Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. announced Thursday he will not run for reelection in 2020 so he can focus on his health.
Walsh, D-Elwood, made the announcement Thursday amid health concerns he had been facing for the last five years. Walsh said his doctors urged him to focus on getting better.
He was previously treated for prostate cancer in 2014 after a diagnosis at a regular medical checkup. Since then, he had regular checkups, but late last year he announced he had begun chemotherapy treatments after receiving a second prostate cancer diagnosis.
His office said last year that Walsh intended to complete his treatment plan and maintain as regular a work routine as possible. Since then, he was regularly at the Will County office building and missed only one county board meeting. He could also be seen at various county events.
Walsh was first sworn in as the Will County executive in December of 2004. As the county executive, he is responsible for day-to-day operations for all county departments and presides over Will County Board meetings.
Walsh has a long career in public service, going back to the 1970s. He has also served as a member of the Elwood School Board, as Jackson Township supervisor, twice as a Will County Board member, and as an Illinois state senator for the 43rd District from 1997 to 2005.
His family has also been active in public life. One son, Larry Walsh Jr. represents the 86th District in the Illinois House of Representatives, and Shawn Walsh is the elected regional superintendent of schools for Will County.
His current term, which he said he would complete, is up in 2020.
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August 15, 2019 at 01:04PM