Following his resignation Wednesday, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) has recommended his daughter, State
Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago), as his replacement on the Chicago City
year-old councilmember of 38 years, who also serves as the Democratic
committeeman, will attend his last Chicago City Council meeting as
alderman on July 24. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is currently accepting
applications to fill Mell’s seat and would like to have a replacement
sworn in before the next council meeting.
Deb Mell, who has served as a
state representative since 2009, has her father’s backing if she chooses to apply to be his successor in the Northwest Side ward.
"That's her decision, she's gonna have to apply if she wants to," the senior Mell told the Chicago Tribune. "I think if I had a choice, and she really wanted it, I certainly would favor her over somebody else.”
When it comes to replacing Mell on the Illinois General Assembly, the alderman says he would support Jaime Andrade, his aldermanic aide, to fill the
The veteran alderman told the newspaper Andrade
“probably would” be a successful state representative. Planning to keep
his post as Democratic committeeman in the 33rd ward, Mell has influential decision-making power over who would get appointed to the state representative seat.
In his resignation letter, Mell wrote that it is time to “move on to the next chapter”, although he was doing so “with mixed emotions”. In a press conference last week, Mell told reporters he looks forward to spending time with his family, including daughter Patti Blagojevich. His son-in-law, and father of two of Mell's grandchildren, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is in the midst of serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption.
goal has always been to positively impact the community in which I’ve
lived and work,” Mell wrote. “I woke up eager every day to support those
in my community. It has been a sincere pleasure to see my community
grow and thrive; I hope those I have worked with, and for, over the
years agree that I have succeeded.”
Emanuel issued a statement following Mell’s resignation:
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. Always at his desk —
sometimes on it — Alderman Mell has served the residents of the 33rd
Ward well for nearly four decades.