Ex-Bears player fails in bid for Romeoville mayor, Noak elected - FOX 32 News Chicago

`Mongo` McMichael fails in bid for Romeoville mayor, Noak elected

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Steve McMichael signs an autograph while awaiting election results Steve McMichael signs an autograph while awaiting election results
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve McMichael has lost his bid to become mayor of the Chicago suburb of Romeoville.

With all precincts reporting incumbent Mayor John Noak received nearly 61 percent of the vote and McMichael received about 39 percent of the vote.

The outspoken McMichael brought much media attention to the mayoral election. He gained the support of his old coach Mike Ditka, who endorsed him for mayor and made headlines when he lost his job with Chicago's ESPN radio affiliate.

"The fact that all this publicity that came out of this, the Republican party should be jumping for joy that I made him and gave him a name," McMichael told FOX 32 News. "People know who he is now. Statewide. And businesses know Romeoville too now. That's what everyone should be happy about now."

McMichael moved to the village last year. He says he was prompted to run by his desire to help the district where his 4-year-old daughter will attend school and conversations he's had with customers at his sports bar, Mongo McMichael's. It was his first time running for public office.

Noak says he was honored Romeoville voters put their trust in him for another four years.

"I think people have recognized what the community has been able to accomplish during these tough economic times," Noak says. "We've been a very successful community over the last four years. I think it's really shown and I think our residents have seen that day in and day out. One of the things we're most proud of is the residents have been involved in the success and I think that shows tonight."

McMichael says he'll run again in four years and might have a better chance then.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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