Former Chicago Bears Linebacker to Run for Palatine Mayor

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Former Chicago Bear Linebacker Jim Schwantz plans to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday at the Palatine train station to officially announce his candidacy for Palatine mayor.  Schwantz was born and raised in Palatine and attended Fremd High School.

He played for the Chicago Bears in 1992 and was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 1994, where he spent three seasons and played on the Super Bowl XXX winning team.

Schwantz played for the San Francisco 49ers as a restricted free agent in 1997 and then finished with the Chicago Bears  in 1998.

Schwantz still works in the area as a Bears pre-game and post-game host and interviewer on WBBM 780-AM. He also works as an account sales manager at  Von Sydow’s Moving and Storage company in Palatine. He’s also a motivational speaker and helps several local charities.

Incumbent Mayor Rita Mullins has held the office since 1989.

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