Sen. Meeks Contemplating Political Retirement

Chicago Democrat has served in Illinois Senate since 2003

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011  |  Updated 5:59 PM CDT
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Sen. Meeks Contemplating Political Retirement

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Just a few months ago, Illinois State Senator James Meeks had hoped to become Chicago's first mayor, but not he may retire from politics entirely.

Meeks, the head of the Salem Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago's far south side, has said at least twice publicly that he felt it was probably time to concentrate on the church.

The latest came Thursday during an appearance on WLS-AM.  He said it was "probably time to concentrate on the church and give them that kind of exclusivity that I was willing to give the office of mayor."

He said he's not yet made a decision but is leaning toward running for office again.  His term ends next year.

He announced his candidacy for mayor in November and bowed out a month later.

Meeks has served in the Illinois Senate since 2003.

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