It was a shock Monday when someone sent along an e-mail saying that Jean Weems had died.
I have no details, but we'll share any information as becomes available.
If you'd ever visited County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, you met with Jean. She was clearly so competent, so throughly kind and in-the-know, that the office of the County Board chairman and the Kane County Board as a whole was enhanced by her presence.
The e-mail described her as "the glue that held together the County Board Office."
"It is our sad duty to inform you that Jean Weems, executive assistant to County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, has passed away," the e-mail said. "Jean had been a Kane County employee for over 17 years. Her hard work, dedication and commitment to her job was well-known by everyone.
"Jean will be dearly missed.
"As soon as we know more about funeral or memorial services, we will let you know."