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Former Bear Steve "Mongo" McMichael wants to run for mayor

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Mongo is running for mayor.

Yes, it's true, he's the next candidate for Mayor of Romeoville.

Steve McMichael moved to Romeoville when he and his wife had their daughter. Now, he says he plans on running on the platform of school reform and bringing the Bears training camp closer to Chicago.

"It came up, what about you running for Mayor? And I started thinking, why not?" said Steve McMichael.

Steve "Mongo" McMichael is best known as one of the most ferocious defensive ends on the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears. McMichael even made his way to the ring as a professional wrestler.

Mongo has been know as a "tough guy" with antics off the field as well. He was ejected after he sang during the 7th inning stretch at a Cubs game 11 years ago, when he made a threatening comment to the umpire.

"Don't worry," he told the crowd. "I'll have some speech with that home plate umpire after the game."

Now, Mongo is prepared to tackle a different role: Mayoral candidate. After thinking it over for the past year, he feels he's the man for the job.

"The things I've done in my life that have been successful, you just don't at the spur of the moment do something, you game plan."

Part of that game plan, he says, will be improving the education system in Romeoville, where one of his young daughters will soon attend. He had another reason too.

"Part of the Mayoral salary will go to charity, another reason to do that too, right? Getting the Bears to Lewis University in Romeoville, being the Mayor of Romeoville might better that along wouldn't it?"

We attempted to reach the current Romeoville Mayor John Noak for comment, but he did not return our calls.

As for McMichael, he says he plans on making his bid official when he signs paperwork in October. The election is next April.

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