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Ald. Frank Olivo Not Running for Re-Election

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    Ald. Frank Olivo (13th) won't be running for re-election, according to documents released by Chicago's Board of Elections Commissioners.

    The move clears the way for Marty Quinn, a top aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan, to run unopposed in the Feb. 22 election.

    Reports the Chicago Sun-Times

      The decisions by both Olivo and Quinn to file nominating petitions raised eyebrows because both are so close to the speaker. But the 13th Ward Democrats last month told Sun-Times columnist Rich Miller, who also runs the Capitol Fax newsletter and blog, that Olivo was "awaiting final clearance from physicians" to seek another term.

      "Quinn filed as a precaution," Miller reported.  "The expectation is that Olivo will run and Quinn withdraws."

    That didn't happen, and Olivo has decided to put his health ahead of public service, a Madigan spokesman told the Sun-Times.

    There's been no public comment from Olivo or Quinn.