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“I’ve been retiring for the past five years,” said Mell, 33rd. “Sure, it’s tempting. I think it’s tempting for everybody (on the City Council).”
“This is premature,” Mell said of a report he was on his way out. “I haven’t made any decision, and I may not make a decision (to retire).”
The alderman, who chairs the powerful City Council Rules Committee, said he would like his daughter, State Rep. Deborah Mell, to succeed him when he does retire. Deborah Mell would do a good job on the council, her father said, adding he thinks she’s interested in the post.
The alderman, however, would not say whether he has told Mayor
Emanuel was asked if he's talked to Mell about retirement at a separate event.
"Let me just say this, there hasn't been in the sense there's no reason to have a discussion until Dick decides to do something," Emanuel said. "I think everybody's getting a little ahead of themselves, maybe including Dick. Dick has talked about this, as you know, for five years. Let me say this, I think we can say this after five years, it's clearly on his mind."
Pressed further, Emanuel said: "I've talked to him about his retirement, and he has said that he eventually will do it. So I'll await the phone call. Let me say this, as of this morning I still haven't gotten the phone call he's going to do anything. So my own view is, I'll believe it when I see it, whether we go to year six of Dick talking about it, I don't know."