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McHenry County Board chairwoman Tina Hill taking leave of absence

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill is taking a leave of absence until further notice, citing poor health.

Hill, R-Woodstock, said in a statement that she has been “struggling with a multitude of health issues in recent weeks,” most recently the need for follow-up inpatient care after double knee replacement surgery. She also wrote that she has been struggling with complications stemming from gastric bypass surgery.

“I wish to thank the community for their many well wishes and my family for their love and support,” Hill said.

Her statement, received by county government late Monday, was read at Tuesday’s full County Board meeting by Vice Chairman James Heisler, R-Crystal Lake, who will serve in Hill’s capacity until she returns.

A Committee of the Whole meeting called by Hill last Friday was canceled because of her absence.

Hill was scheduled to give the rotating invocation at the start of Tuesday’s meeting, but the task fell to Heisler, who opened it with hopes for Hill’s speedy recovery.

“We just have to hope that she gets herself all better,” Heisler said after the meeting.

Hill, first elected to the County Board in 2002, is serving her first two-year term as chairwoman. She was elected by the County Board in December 2012 over former Chairman Ken Koehler’s bid for a fifth term.

While the chairman is the head of county government, day-to-day business ultimately falls to County Administrator Peter Austin. Hill said in her statement that Heisler and Austin will “capably serve in my stead, and I will take this time to focus on my health.”

Heisler, first elected in 1992, is the County Board’s longest-serving member. He was elected vice chairman in December 2012, and has held the office in previous terms.

Hill’s term as a County Board member representing District 5 expires in 2016.

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