* This Sun-Times piece was read on the House floor earlier today…
On tougher days, a friend or colleague would get him there.
Other times, he’d try to make it, but by the time his chemotherapy treatment had ended, he’d be too late for the day’s session.
Over the last roughly six months that state Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, has battled esophageal cancer, he’s missed at most three days of legislative session, he says.
This week, in the midst of preparing for surgery later this month related to his illness, Mautino said Democrats could again count on him driving the 150 miles to the state Capitol to cast what’s likely to be a critical vote.
They’ll need him.
“Absolutely, I will be there,” Mautino said on Tuesday. “I’m looking forward to it. I hope that we pass it. I hope that the governor chooses to sign it.”
* After a rousing ovation, Rep. Mautino rose to speak. It’s today’s must-watch video…
Stay strong, Frankie.