Niles mayor to retire before trial

August 25, 2008 4:51:29 AM PDT
A suburban mayor is stepping down after serving more than four decades.The Niles web site posted an announcement that Mayor Nicholas Blase is retiring Monday.

Blase's decision comes before the start of a trial next month on federal charges. The 80-year-old is accused of taking more than $400,000 in kickbacks.

Blase says he plans to stay in Niles where he's been mayor since 1961.