Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) Here at City Hall, the Mayor’s office is confirming that it has received a letter of resignation from Alderman Dick Mell effective July 24.
Not a big surprise. Last winter, word leaked that he was planning to hang it up after nearly 40 years. And no one will be surprised if it’ll be another family inheritance on succession. His daughter, State Representative Deborah Mell is the odds on favorite for the mayor to appoint.
For the record, the Mayor says he’s looking for a candidate with a strong background, solid ties to the community, and a willingness to tackle the tough issues facing Chicagoans. So he’s describing Deborah Mell.
As for Mell’s retirement, the Mayor says, “in a city known for its colorful characters, Alderman Mell is a larger than life Chicago character who, just like The Billy Goat and Second City, is a Chicago institution and, in his own way, he has defined what public service and class look like.
And so Mell, the North Side ward boss who had a lot of fun playing politics but also gave us his son in law Rod Blagojevich is retiring.
Listen to WLS reporter Bill Cameron's report on Mell's retirement:
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