Myers Battling Prostate Cancer

Colchester, IL – A long-time state representative from western Illinois says he has prostate cancer.

Rich Myers (R-Colchester) says he will undergo more tests in the coming weeks to determine the best treatment option. He will continue to serve the district but might miss some days during the spring legislative session.

Myers is a farmer. He was first elected to the legislature in the mid-1990s. He's remained popular with voters over the years.

Myers received more than 80% of the vote to turn back a challenge in the February 2 Republican primary. He faces Democrat Earl Godt of Macomb in the November election. Myers defeated Godt two years ago, 66% to 34%.

Myers issued a news release about his cancer on March 15:

My family and I appreciate the support that you have shown us over the years. At this time, we feel it is appropriate to share some personal news with my constituents and my colleagues in the General Assembly.

My physician has informed me that I have cancer of the prostate. In the coming weeks, I will undergo more tests to determine which treatment option will work best for me.

I view this as just another hurdle I must overcome.

I want you to know that I will continue to represent you in Springfield and here in the district. My office at 331 N. Lafayette in Macomb will remain open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

I will continue to attend session in Springfield, but I know you will understand that I may have to miss some days while undergoing treatment.

My family and I thank you for your understanding and well wishes.