Longtime Chicago Ald. Richard Mell is denying reports that he may leave his post within the next few months, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Mellthe powerful chairman of the City Council's Rules Committee and father-in-law of convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevichmay leave his post within a few months after serving as an alderman for almost four decades.
Mell, 74, told the Tribune, "I've been retiring for the past five years. ... This [report] is premature. I haven't made any decision, and I may not make a decision (to retire)."
He did add that he would like daughter, lesbian state Rep. Deb Mell, to succeed him when he does retire. He would not say, however, if he has told Mayor Rahm Emanuel he would like his daughter appointed to his seat should he decide to retire.