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Fioretti Has Cancer, Abandons Mayoral Run

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    After a tonsillectomy, Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) has been diagnosed with throat cancer, forcing him to abandon his plan to run for mayor, his top aides told associates on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

    Fioretti has scheduled a news conference Tuesday to announce the surprise diagnosis that will force him to begin a two-month treatment plan that will make it impossible for him to run for mayor.

    Instead, Fioretti plans to seek re-election as alderman.

    The 57-year-old alderman could not be reached for comment on Monday. His chief of staff refused to confirm the cancer diagnosis.

    On Sunday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that a "health concern" had forced Fioretti to reconsider his mayoral ambitions

    Mayor Richard Daley announced Sept. 7 that he would not seek a seventh term.