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Did Schaumburg Township GOP head resign?

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Despite rumors of his resignation, Mike Adelizzi is still the elected head of the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization.

But the rumors of his departure remain, in part because no one in the organization has heard from Adelizzi since he told them at a meeting several weeks ago he was considering stepping down.

Elected to the post last year, the only way Adelizzi could formally stop being committeeman before his term is up would be to submit his resignation to Cook County Republican Chairman Lee Roupas.

And Roupas said Wednesday that he had received no such resignation.

According to those who were there, Adelizzi addressed the group's executive board at the meeting, expressed regret over his hand-picked candidate Ryan Higgins' defeat by Democrat Michelle Mussman in November's 56th District state representative race and said he was thinking of stepping down.

But organization Treasurer Joe Folisi said it was pure rumor that Adelizzi had followed through on that thought and resigned.

"It's entirely up to him," Folisi said. "He's done a very good job as committeeman and I hope he stays."

Adelizzi, an Elk Grove Village resident, originally was appointed to the position after his predecessor -- then state Rep. Paul Froehlich -- switched to the Democratic Party in 2007.

He's been credited with reuniting two antagonistic factions of township Republicans after a rift developed at the start of Froehlich's leadership.

Folisi and other organization members said calls made to Adelizzi in recent weeks have not been returned. An automated message answered Adelizzi's home phone number Wednesday, stating that the line had been disconnected.

But Folisi said that's not necessarily unusual as Adelizzi's job sometimes takes him out of town and out of contact with people here for periods of time.

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