According to ABC News, Steve McMichael, 55, a former Chicago Bears football player, is running for mayor of Romeoville, Illinois which is about 30 miles southwest of Chicago, just south of Interstate 55 approximately from Route 53 to Weber Road. On Thursday, it was announced that due to McMichael’s political ambitions, he has been taken off of his radio show on ESPN.
Though the incumbent and current mayor, John Noak, demanded equal radio time under the Federal Communication Commission rules, ESPN officials said that is not the reason they ended the show now. Officials at ESPN believe that taking McMichael off the air immediately – not allowing him to do the final Bears pre-game show – was the right move considering the circumstances.
McMichael, a Chicago Bears football player when the Bears won Super Bowl XX, concurred. Though he says his show was not political at all, he said he was happy to comply with the law while exerting his efforts to becoming the southwestern suburban village’s new mayor.
McMichael’s inspiration for running for office is his five-year-old daughter, Macy Dale. As mayor of Romeoville, he hopes to improve education in the area. The election is to be held on April 9, 2013.