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Mell denies he's retiring from Chicago City Council

Thursday, January 17, 2013
33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell

33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell (WLS Photo)

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Chicago Alderman Dick Mell strongly denies reports that he is retiring.

Mell, 75, says stories published earlier this month of his pending retirement have been fabricated. He is the second-longest serving member of the city council, holding his seat as the 33rd ward alderman for 38 years.

Mell says he has no reasons or desire to retire.

"When I decide or if I decide to retire, I will come before you and I'll make that statement. That statement is for me to be made - not by somebody to be speculating to be made," Mell said.

Mell is the father- in-law of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a prison sentence for corruption.

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