John Merlo

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John Merlo
Member of the Chicago City Council from the 44th ward
In office
Preceded by Bruce Young
Succeeded by Bernie Hansen
Personal details
Born (1912-09-12)September 12, 1912
Chicago, Illinois
Died August 9, 1992(1992-08-09) (aged 79)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Meryle Merlo (née Strate)
Children Three
Residence Lake View, Chicago, Illinois

John Merlo (September 9, 1912 - August 9, 1992) was an American politician, who served for seven terms as an Illinois State Representative, for three years as an Illinois state senator, as well as for two years as a Chicago City Council alderman for Chicago's 44th Ward.


John Merlo was born September 9, 1912 in Chicago to Mike Merlo, a leader of Unione Siciliana. In 1922, he moved from the south side to Lake View where he would reside for the rest of his life.[1] He joined the Chicago Park District in 1933, where he would work for decades. For a period of time, he was also the Secretary Edward J. Barrett's 44th Ward Regular Democratic Organization.[2]

He was appointed to the Chicago City Council in 1981 after the resignation of Bruce Young. He won a special election to win served for two years before he stepped down. He was succeeded by Bernie Hansen.

He died August 9, 1992 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was survived by his wife, Meryle, and three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b Barrionuevo, Alexei (August 10, 1992). "John Merlo, 79". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Illinois Blue Book 1963-1964 page 224