Peoria County Board Member Brian Elsasser reflects on death of colleague Dr. Greg Adamson

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PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria County board member Brian Elsasser referred to his friend and colleague as “Doc.”  

Dr. Gregory Adamson died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at the age of 58. According to the Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood, Adamson collapsed at his home before being transported to the hospital. 

Adamson, a Republican, had represented District 11 since 2016. The area includes parts of Peoria and Peoria Heights. Elsasser encouraged Adamson, a hand surgeon who also held an M.B.A., to run for office on the county board. 

“I’ve known Greg for many, many years. He was my mom’s doctor,” said Elsasser. “When there was an opening on the county board, I thought of him as an outstanding Christian man with a great family, strong fiscal conservative. And we’d never had a doctor on the board during my time, at least.”  

 Multiple board members describe Adamson as extremely sharp and well-studied for board meetings. 

“He wasn’t afraid to ask questions. He wasn’t afraid to dig into something,” said Elsasser. “There are lot of people who are afraid to tackle those issues because sometimes it can upset the apple card and make people feel uncomfortably, and that wasn’t the case with Doc. He was always willing to try to do what was right.” 

The cause of Adamson’s death is unclear. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. 

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