Lawsuit: Alderman Mell illegally owned landfill

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Chicago alderman Dick Mell is a new defendant in a lawsuit over a controversial landfill in Joliet.

Until 2004, the landfill was owned — on paper — by a distant relative of the alderman, Frank Schmidt; but the Sun-Times reports, the lawsuit by convicted felon Robert Pruim claims he, his son and Mell were all secret partners in the landfill.

Pruim claims he and his son were legally barred from ownership because of his criminal record, and Mell couldn’t legally own the property because he’s a public official, and the landfill did business with the State of Illinois.

Furthermore, Pruim claims that when the landfill was sold in 2004, Mell defrauded him out of $3.7 million in profit.

There’s been no response from Mell’s office.

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