Here's explanation on missed pension vote
Since state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson's absence from the pension vote last week is a matter of public interest, and since my (her husband's) health was the reason for her absence, I am writing to provide relevant facts.
On the morning of May 2, I received a call from Carle Clinic advising me that a biopsy taken from skin on my arm had tested positive for squamous cell carcinoma, a form of cancer. I quickly did a bit of online research on squamous cell carcinoma. I then sent Naomi the following text: "Biopsy not benign but not as bad as it could be. Squamous cell carcinoma. Quick web lookup says only 4 percent chance of metastasis. Back to Jeff at 2:30 to discuss treatment. Probably will be to excise patch around the lesion. First impression: cancer concentrates the mind amazingly."
She decided to come back to Urbana to be a moral support to me while I processed the news, considered the treatment options, etc. She also wanted to see for herself how I was.
She returned to Springfield early Friday morning for the resumption of the legislative session.