Trustee, clerk recovering from illnesses, hospital stays

2014-02-26T00:00:00Z Trustee, clerk recovering from illnesses, hospital staysGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
February 26, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CRETE | Village Trustee Larry Johnston and Clerk Deborah Bachert both are recovering from illnesses that required them to spend some time in the hospital.

Johnston on Monday missed his second consecutive Village Board meeting, and Village President Michael Einhorn said he expects it will be several weeks before Johnston is able to return to his municipal duties.

Einhorn declined to elaborate on Johnston’s ailment, but said it would require much osteopathic therapy in coming weeks.

“He’s undergoing medical issues of a kind that I wouldn’t want to befall anybody,” Einhorn said.

Johnston, who is 74 and retired from Ford Motor Co., has served on the Village Board since 1995.

Also not present on Monday was Bachert, who has been village clerk since 2009.

Her husband, Fire Chief Lyle Bachert, said Monday she underwent a procedure last week, and expects her to return to her duties within 10 days.

“She’ll be out a week or so,” he said.

Deborah Bachert, in an email message sent to village officials and to The Times, said she underwent surgery Feb. 18 at the University of Chicago Hospitals, and was back at her home in Crete by 3 p.m. the following day.

Although Deborah Bachert tried to keep a light-hearted tone to her hospital experience, writing in her email message, “The view from my room was the city (of Chicago). Quite nice.”

She also pointed out that her husband had only recently recovered from surgery himself, writing that, “It has been Lyle’s turn to remind me to behave myself. He is doing a good job with cooking, grocery shopping and laundry.”

Lyle Bachert back in November underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery. Officials said at the time that he did not have a heart attack, and that his surgery went without complications.

Lyle Bachert, who has headed the Fire Department since 1991, returned to his duties last month, said Monday of his condition, “I’m fine. I’m just happy to be back at work.”

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