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Late Marseilles mayor honored at City Council meeting

State Rep. Jerry Long, R-Streator, (right) presents a U.S. flag that flew over the Illinois Capitol to Sandy Trager in recognition of her late husband's service to Marseilles. Family members (from left) are the late Mayor James Trager’s daughter, Laurie Trager; Laurie’s son, Anthony Caselli; daughter, Marcia Machetta; son-in-law, Steve Machetta; grandson, Michael Machetta; and son, Shane Trager. Granddaughter Leslie Hart, who is the city clerk, also was present.
State Rep. Jerry Long, R-Streator, (right) presents a U.S. flag that flew over the Illinois Capitol to Sandy Trager in recognition of her late husband's service to Marseilles. Family members (from left) are the late Mayor James Trager’s daughter, Laurie Trager; Laurie’s son, Anthony Caselli; daughter, Marcia Machetta; son-in-law, Steve Machetta; grandson, Michael Machetta; and son, Shane Trager. Granddaughter Leslie Hart, who is the city clerk, also was present.

There were double honors for the late Marseilles Mayor James Trager at Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting.

State Rep. Jerry Long, R-Streator, presented Trager’s wife, Sandy, with a United States flag documented as having flown over the Illinois Capitol. And Mayor Jim Hollenbeck presented her with a copy of a resolution naming City Hall in his honor.

There was applause for both presentations by family and audience members in attendance.

Long said he met Trager “a handful of times” and although he did not know him well personally still had found him to be “a very good, genuine, concerned man.”

“Jim Trager was a great man, and I know that because I met people who knew him personally, and they’ve explained exactly what kind of a man he was,” Long said. “His dedication to his community and his family was remarkable. His legacy of service to the people of Marseilles is reflected in the countless lives he had touched as mayor, and in his service as public property commissioner, on the 9-1-1 board and as a member of the Lions Club.”

After presenting the flag to Sandy Trager, he gave her a hug.

“I hope it’s not out of line,” he said.

Next, the council approved the resolution that recounted Trager’s public service career and directed that a plaque in his honor be displayed at City Hall.

Son Shane Trager expressed the family’s appreciation.

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