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  • Death of Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, stunned the city

     Death of Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, stunned the city
    The death of Chicago's first black mayor was marked by tears of sorrow, words of praise — and down-and-dirty politicking. A few days after Harold Washington had a fatal heart attack in his City Hall office, 25 years ago Nov. 25, a Tribune reporter...
  • Former Ald. Dick Mell farewell speech: How to keep a secret

    Former Ald. Dick Mell farewell speech: How to keep a secret
    In the last stop on his Chicago City Council farewell tour, recently retired 33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell on Wednesday imparted the same advice a political veteran gave him after Mell took office in 1975. As with many things at City Hall, it involved...
  • Aldermen seek to help Emanuel keep ethics campaign pledge

    Aldermen seek to help Emanuel keep ethics campaign pledge
    A group of self-styled reform aldermen said Thursday they want to help Mayor Rahm Emanuel live up to his campaign pledge to give the city’s top corruption buster unfettered access to city documents, though it’s unclear whether the push will...
  • Council tactician Mell bowing out after nearly 4 decades

    Council tactician Mell bowing out after nearly 4 decades
    Chicago political legends have always been part chess master, part dynasty builder, part street muscle and part colorful scamp, qualities that perfectly define the storied career of Dick Mell, who on Wednesday announced his retirement after nearly four...
  • Mell has political game plan for retirement

    Mell has political game plan for retirement
    Like the seasoned pro he is, Ald. Richard Mell today floated a straightforward political solution to his upcoming retirement: Appoint his daughter, state Rep. Deb Mell, to his 33rd Ward seat and then install his aldermanic aide Jaime Andrade to take her...
  • Scrappy alderman looks back with pride

    Scrappy alderman looks back with pride
    Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, first elected to represent his Northwest Side ward in 1975, is an unabashed believer in political patronage and charismatic leader of one of the city's most powerful Democratic organizations — an operation he hopes to...
  • Emanuel says he welcomes garbage savings audit -- but not yet

    Emanuel says he welcomes garbage savings audit -- but not yet
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel did little today to resolve a dispute with Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, saying he welcomes an audit by Ferguson of the savings in the city's grid garbage pick-up system but only once the city has finished rolling out the program....
  • Deb Mell enters running for dad's aldermanic seat

    Deb Mell enters running for dad's aldermanic seat
    State Rep. Deb Mell said Thursday she officially entered the running to succeed her father, Richard Mell, as alderman, making her a favorite to continue 37 years of Mell family representation in the 33rd Ward. Mell, who filed her online application with...
  • Will Emanuel OK a Mell for Mell swap?

     
    On January 4, Fran Spielman of the Sun-Times reported: Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) — powerful chairman of the City Council’s Rules Committee and father-in-law of convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich — has told associates he is preparing to...
  • Open thread: The Weeks in Review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is now an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup......
  • Somebody Nobody Asked™ has advice for Rahm Emanuel

     
    By America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist, for the Sunday paper Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Do not appoint Democratic State Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the retirement of her father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).......