A painful back injury has caused Oak Park Village Trustee Jim Taglia to miss village board meetings and some re-election campaign events, but he told Wednesday Journal he is still very much in the running, if a little slower.

“While I have had to miss a couple of board meetings and campaign forums as a result of my injury, I am still very motivated to continue serving Oak Park and hope to be re-elected,” he said in an emailed statement.

Taglia injured his lower back two weeks ago, which caused him “excruciating pain” so severe he was put in the intensive care unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where he underwent days of diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the pain. After having a minor procedure, Taglia appears to be on the mend.

 “I am already feeling much better,” he said.

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