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Vice Chairman of the Grundy County Board Donald J. Hansen, 60, of Morris, passed away early Monday morning. A Morris native and 1977 graduate of Morris Community High School, Hansen was known in the county government for his hard work and easy smile.

That was Board Chairman Chris Balkema. He described his colleague's eagerness to learn about other people as well as his steadfast oversight of Grundy's finances. More than a public servant, Hansen was a husband, father and grandfather.

Hansen's death was close enough to the upcoming November 3rd election that his name will remain on the ballot. If he is elected to another term, the Grundy County Board and State's Attorney's Office will work to appoint a successor.