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Deborah Mell

When Who You Know Just Won't Work

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.

State Rep. Mell Diagnosed With Cancer

Posted 06.14.2012 | Chicago

Story by Tracy Baim, courtesy of Windy City Times: State Rep. Deborah Mell, one of three openly gay members of the Illinois General Assembly, has b...

Gay Legislators Having Impact In Marriage Debates

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Of America's 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned rol...

Deborah Mell In Danger Of Being Kicked Off The Ballot

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Another big piece of bad news is hitting Chicago's Mell/Blagojevich political clan....

Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled Despite New Obama Policy

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A bill to legalize medical marijuana that narrowly passed the Illinois Senate in May faces an uncertain future in the General Assembly in spite of wha...

Deborah Mell, Blagojevich's Sister-In-Law, Doesn't Abstain From Vote Affecting Her Sister, Blago's Income

Chicago Tribune's Change Of Subject | Eric Zorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Elected Officials Misconduct Forfeiture Act. in Springfield, otherwise known as House Bill 4078, doesnt refer to indicted former Gov. Rod Blagojev...

House Impeaches Blagojevich Again, Gov's Sister-In-Law Lone 'No' Vote

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The new Illinois House has voted 117-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich with his sister-in-law as the lone "no" vote. Rep. Deborah Mell voted Wednesda...

Patti Blagojevich's Family Defend Tarnished Illinois First Lady (VIDEO)

Chicago Sun-Times | Carol Marin and Chris Fusco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lady Macbeth. Carmela Soprano. Potty mouth. Patti Blagojevich is not any of those, her family said Wednesday. "That is absolutely not my sister," De...

Blagojevich's Sister-In-Law May Cast Impeachment Vote

Chicago Sun-Times | Carol Marin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Jan. 14, Deborah Mell will be sworn in as the new state representative from the district her brother-in-law once represented. She could be called u...

Battle For Rahm Emanuel's Congressional Seat Underway

The Hill | Aaron Blake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It didn't take long for Chicago Democrats to start jumping at the impending open seat in Rep. Rahm Emanuel's (D-Ill.) district. State Rep.-elect Debo...