Mell denies he's retiring from Chicago City Council

January 17, 2013 3:06:28 PM PST
Chicago Alderman Dick Mell strongly denies reports that he is retiring.

Mell, 75, says stories published earlier this month of his pending retirement have been fabricated. He is the second-longest serving member of the city council, holding his seat as the 33rd ward alderman for 38 years.

Mell says he has no reasons or desire to retire.

"When I decide or if I decide to retire, I will come before you and I'll make that statement. That statement is for me to be made - not by somebody to be speculating to be made," Mell said.

Mell is the father- in-law of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a prison sentence for corruption.