Former Ald. Dick Mell starts lobbying firm with daughter Patti Blagojevich

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Former 33rd ward alderman Dick Mell is in business with his daughter, former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich.

The 75-year-old Mell has a new political lobbying firm and says Blagojevich runs the office.

Mell is independently wealthy after building up and selling a spring manufacturing business. He says lobbying will keep him busy in retirement and also help his daughter financially. Blagojevich is raising two daughters while her husband, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is serving a 14-year-old prison sentence for political corruption.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the firm, the Maytag Group, lists two clients, Chicago-based residential developer MCZ Development Corp. and Bellwood-based paving firm G.A. Paving LLC.

Mell is the latest former Chicago alderman to turn to lobbying, after former colleagues including Helen Shiller (D-46th), Vi Daley (D-43rd) and Eugene Schulter (D-47th). His son, Richard D. Mell, also spent time as a lobbyist for Novak Construction and American Asphalt Surface Recycling.

Blagojevich is not registered as a lobbyist with the city; she is listed as the firm’s agent and is not doing any lobbying.

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