Jim Stauffenberg

Jim Stauffenberg

KANKAKEE — Former Kankakee County Board member Jim Stauffenberg, R-Manteno, resigned his position because of health reasons, according to a letter released Tuesday.

The packet for the monthly county board meeting included an undated letter of resignation from Stauffenberg.

“Things aren’t turning out as I had hoped they would. I will probably be missing meetings for some time. I have not felt good for a few months, and I am sure some of you have noticed my lack of involvement in our meetings. Therefore, I am going to take care of my health,” Stauffenberg said.

He said he had tried his best in his more than two decades on the board. He said he had already decided not to run for another term in 2020, but had hoped to serve out his term.

“I think we have accomplished many good things throughout some tough times,” Stauffenberg said. “My biggest regret is that I will miss all of the friendships I have made throughout the years.”

In a Facebook message to the Daily Journal, Stauffenberg said, “I would miss more meetings then ever for treatment. I didn’t want to get on the list of missing meetings, so I just resigned.”

Stauffenberg represented Manteno-based District 7. Because of his party affiliation, he must be replaced by a Republican under state law.

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