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By Elias Cepeda
As an IL. State Senator for nearly two decades, Miguel Del Valle cultivated a reputation as a liberal idealist that also could also work reasonably and compromise with peers of all political stripes. But as a candidate for Chicago Mayor this past year, Del Valle – who held the City Clerk position during the campaign – found himself unable to garner enough attention to provide a challenge to Rahm Emanuel’s steam roller campaign.
During his election night concession speech this past February, Del Valle pointedly declared that he would not take part in the Emanuel administration.