Alderman Dick Mell may retire this summer

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Veteran Alderman Dick Mell may be about to retire.

The Sun-Times reports he’ll soon leave the city council. I spoke to him tonight and he will neither confirm nor deny it.

Mell has been alderman of the 34th Ward on the Northwest Side for 38 years.

The newspaper cites city hall sources saying Mell has told Mayor Emanuel his last council meeting will be this month or next.

Mell supposedly expects his daughter state representative Deb Mell to take his place. The alderman’s other daughter Patti is married to imprisoned former governor Rod Blagojevich.

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