A long week for Marty Moylan is coming to an end. The Des Plaines community member, volunteer, alderman, mayor, Democrat, and now elected state representative of the 55th Illinois House District won a closely fought battle with Park Ridge Republican Susan Sweeney by 2,585 votes. In the end it was Moylan: 20,715, 53.32 percent nosing out Sweeney: 18,130, 46.68 percent.
Moylan was elected mayor in 2009, second ward alderman in 2007, and has been active in community projects in Des Plaines for more than 30 years. He said he will resign sometime in December. City council meetings are scheduled for Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.
Finalizing the city’s budget, other “paperwork,” and speaking with Des Plaines City Manager Michael Bartholomew and other department heads are on Moylan’s radar.
“Right now it’s only the second day after I’ve been elected so I am at city hall, I’ll be going to city hall,” Moylan said. “I’ll be making sure that all the business is done and completed, I’ll be going through the holidays.”
Peter Friedman, of Holland and Knight law firm representing Des Plaines, said city council members could choose whether or not to discuss the appointment of an interim mayor in closed executive session, and would be required by state law to choose a sitting alderman as the temporary mayor in an open public meeting, but there is no timeframe requirement in the law. Des Plaines will elect a new mayor in the consolidated election in March 2013.
“I will make sure that any paperwork will be signed, and any projects that I have power over will be completed,” Moylan said.
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In the event that a city council meeting takes place without an acting, or interim, mayor, a pro tem mayor may be appointed to run the meeting, Friedman said.
Check out more coverage of the 55th Illinois House District Race:
Moylan Looks Ahead to Serving 55th House District; Sweeney Reflects on Close Race
Moylan Wins 55th House District
55th Illinois House District Results: Marty Moylan and Susan Sweeney