An Illinois lawmaker has announced he will receive treatment for recently diagnosed esophageal cancer.
State Rep. Frank Mautino of Spring Valley says his doctor found a mass in his esophagus during a routine physical in late January. The 52-year-old Democratic lawmaker says he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer after a biopsy was conducted in February.
Mautino told The (Ottawa) Daily Times during a phone interview on Monday that doctors have told him the cancer is 97 percent treatable.
He says he's adjusted his treatment schedule so he can continue representing residents in both the 76th District and the State Capitol.
Mautino was appointed to office in 1991 following the death of his father, former state Rep. Richard
Mautino, and has served as House Deputy Majority Leader since 2011.