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Conflicting reports about Ald. Richard Mell’s retirement

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.

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4 Comments to “Conflicting reports about Ald. Richard Mell’s retirement”

    pagan69 said:
    January 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Only in Illinois where, Political Office is considered a Family Heirloom.

    JeffK said:
    January 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I'm sorry but this is NOT a hereditary title. some people think that they are the only ones that deserve to have a job in politics. say good by and leave it to the people to pick someone to replace him.

    LRH said:
    January 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    At least he's not giving it to Patti.

    pagan69 said:
    January 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Don’t even get me started with the Royal Political Families of Illinois. A list which reads like the European history of the Habsburg’s, Romanov’s, and Windsor’s without the political killing to advance position. In Illinois you just wait till someone slips up and is indicted. Political position handed down through the family like Grandmother's Tea Service.

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