There are conflicting media reports about whether or not Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd Ward, will retire after 38 years in office on Chicago’s Northwest Side.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that he is retiring, and that Mayor Rahm Emnuel is handing off the job to Mell’s daughter.
The Chicago Tribune, however, says Mell is staying put.
The Sun-Times reports that he told colleagues he plans to step down in the next few months, and that he persuaded the mayor to name State Rep. Deborah Mell as his replacement.
Mell told the Chicago Tribune the report is premature. He said he’s thought about retiring for five years but still hasn’t made a decision.
Mell is the City Council’s second longest serving member. He is also chair of the Rules and Ethics Committee.