Former Senate colleague Larry Walsh passes away

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Members of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus were saddened to learn of the passing of former colleague Larry Walsh, who died after several years with prostate cancer. He passed away Wednesday night at age 72.

Walsh served as an Illinois state senator representing the 43rd District from April 1997 until January 2005, when he then became Will County executive. He spent nearly 50 years in public service at the local, county and state levels.


Walsh worked on a number of issues during his years in the Senate, including addressing funding resources for local agencies that help residents with special needs.


Illinois Senate President Don Harmon issued the following statement regarding Walsh.

“Whenever I think of Will County, I will forever think of Larry Walsh. Larry was a tireless advocate for his constituents and communities. Those who knew and worked with him are better for it. He never failed to make me smile or laugh or feel better about the world. We will miss him dearly. My thoughts and condolences are with his family.”

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) remembers working with Walsh:

“Senator Larry Walsh was a friend and mentor of mine since early in my public service. I will always be grateful for his advice, experience and friendship.

“I particularly admire his decades of dedication serving as Will County Executive and as a State Senator. My deepest sympathy to the Walsh family.”

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said: 

“Larry leaves behind an incredible legacy of working to improve people’s lives. He was a passionate and dedicated public servant whose numerous contributions made our communities and state a better place. My heart goes out to the Walsh family.”

PHOTO: Former State Senator Larry Walsh with then-State Senators Debbie Halvorson, Linda Holmes and A.J. Wilhelmi. Circa 2007.

Sen. Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader
42nd District

Years served: 2007 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture (Vice-Chairperson); Commerce and Economic Development (Chairperson); Executive; Labor; Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); Telecommunications & InfoTechnology.

Biography: Elected to the Senate in 2006; born March 16, 1959, in Chicago; received a bachelor's degree from the National College of Education (now National-Lewis University); First woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Full-time state legislator.

Associated Representatives:
Barbara Hernandez
Stephanie A. Kifowit