Councilwoman Barber hospitalized
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org August 19, 2013 10:48PM
Paramedics treated Councilwoman Susie Barber in this ambulance before taking her to a hospital after the Monday city council meeting. | Bob Okon~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:34AM
Joliet City Councilwoman Susie Barber was taken from city hall on a stretcher and appeared to be getting oxygen through an inhaler after the Monday city council meeting as she was wheeled to an ambulance that took her to the hospital.
City Manager Thomas Thanas said Barber “was competent” before being taken to the ambulance. “She was answering questions. But it was obvious to us she needed medical attention. We did not want her driving home on her own.”
Barber stayed throughout the meeting but appeared weak at the end. Her voice was barely audible as she voted on two matters near the end of the meeting.
Later, Councilwoman Jan Quillman and City Clerk Christa Desiderio tended to Barber as she sat in a chair outside the council chambers before an ambulance was called.
“Considering that she had some health issues recently, we thought it better that we take some precautionary measures and have it checked out,” Thanas said.
Barber has acknowledged health issues in recent months.
She resigned recently from the Housing Authority of Joliet’ board of commissioners, where she was the long-time chairwoman. Barber’s resignation came in the aftermath of the agency’s chief financial officer being arrested for alleged embezzlement that occurred in a previous job with the Chicago Housing Authority. But Barber told The Herald-News last week that she left the housing board because she had not been feeling well and was tired.
Barber told The Herald-News early this year that she did not know how long she would serve on the council because of health issues. But in April Barber announced she would serve out her term.
Barber represents District 4, where she was re-elected to a second term in 2011.