Chicago City Government
8:56 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Rep. Mell To Replace Father On Chicago City Council

State Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago)
Credit ilga.gov

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is appointing a state lawmaker to fill her father's long-held city council seat.

Deborah Mell's appointment was announced Wednesday.

She'll replace Dick Mell, who's retiring after almost four decades.

Emanuel says the progressive state representative is "breaking glass ceilings'' as the council's first openly lesbian member.

The appointment created a sticky situation for Emanuel, who touted his efforts to change the way business has always been done at City Hall, by hiring based on merits, not by who's related to whom and who's owed a favor.
 
The mayor has said Deborah Mell was never guaranteed the job because of her last name, but wasn't excluded because of it. 

Her father pushed for her to take the post.

Twelve people were considered for the job.