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Former Braidwood commissioner, mayoral candidate dies

James Hutton
James Hutton

A former Braidwood city commissioner and mayoral candidate died Sunday after a fall while he was doing work on his home.

James Hutton, 72, was transported to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet where he was pronounced dead. Braidwood police responded to the scene. Braidwood Police Chief Todd Lyons said Hutton was doing work on his house and fell off the roof.

Hutton recently had finished his tenure as the city’s public building and property commissioner. He also had worked for 12 years on the Braidwood Zoning Board and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in April.

He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 in Countryside for more than 50 years, according to his obituary. He retired from Gallagher Asphalt’s Joliet plant in 2006.

On its Facebook page, the city thanked Hutton for his years of service and offered condolences.

Hutton also was a member of the Braidwood Baseball Association and the Reed-Custer High School football chain gang. He and his brothers operated Wilmington Lanes in his early years. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, two children and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for memorial gifts in his name be directed to the Braidwood Food Pantry.

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