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Ailing Sycamore Ward 4 alderman Rick 'Spider' Kramer resigns from city council

SYCAMORE – Sycamore city officials confirmed during their Monday City Council meeting that Fourth Ward Alderman Rick “Spider” Kramer, who’s battling cancer, has resigned from his seat.

Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang said after reading a proclamation recognizing Kramer’s contributions to the community on Monday that Kramer resigned due to personal issues.

“We are so grateful for his service, example, kindness,” Lang said. “He’s just an all around good person and it’s really an honor, that I have, to propose this proclamation recognizing Alderman Rick Kramer for his service to the city of Sycamore.”

Kramer was diagnosed with stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer about a year and a half ago after doctors found a tumor growing between his skull and brain. The community rallied around him and his family in the months after the diagnosis, and a GoFundMe page created by Spider’s nephew, Erik Kramer, surpassed its goal and raised more than $21,000 in two weeks.

Following the diagnosis, Kramer returned to the City Council in November 2019 and had said he wanted to actively participate on the council for as long as he could.

Kramer did not appear to be at the virtual City Council meeting on Monday. He did not respond to a request for comment Thursday and his wife, Gloria, declined comment on Saturday regarding the proclamation.

Lang said anyone who is interested in being appointed to the seat should contact his office in the coming days.

Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said Kramer’s term is set to expire in 2023.

“In one of the next couple meetings, I would anticipate that [Lang] would have a recommendation to the council,” Gregory said.

Gregory also described Kramer as an amazing man who loved the city and as someone who has been a great friend to him personally, along with so many others in the community.

“He’s probably one of the most accepting people that I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and get to know,” Gregory said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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