Former Bear to run for Palatine mayor

February 25, 2008 2:47:29 PM PST
A former Chicago Bear hopes to forge a political future in the northwest suburbs. Jim Schwantz - a Palatine native and reserve linebacker on the Bears in the early 90's - officially declared his candidacy for mayor of Palatine Monday.

Schwantz has been working in sales for a Palatine Moving and Storage Company and serving as a Bears radio broadcaster. But, he says he's ready for a career change into politics.

Schwantz could face a tough battle. He may end up running against longtime incumbent Rita Mullins, who has served as mayor since 1989, if she decides to seek another term.