Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he won't seek re-election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that he won't seek re-election to a third term."As much ...

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 3:24 AM
Updated: Sep 5, 2018 3:25 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that he won't seek re-election to a third term.

"As much as I love this job and will always love this city and its residents, I've decided not to seek re-election," he said in an announcement Tuesday from City Hall. "This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime."

Chicago

Continents and regions

Elections and campaigns

Government and public administration

Illinois

Midwestern United States

North America

Political Figures - US

Politics

Rahm Emanuel

The Americas

United States

Crime, law enforcement and corrections

Crimes against persons

Criminal offenses

Government bodies and offices

Heads of government

Laquan McDonald

Mayors

Misc people

Shootings

US federal government

White House

Donald Trump

Education

Labor and employment

Labor disputes and negotiations

Labor relations

Labor strikes

Teachers and teaching

He added, "Now with our three children in college, Amy and I have decided it's time to write another chapter together."

Emanuel said he won't be a lame duck, saying he and his team "have more to do, and from now until then, we'll do everything in our power to get it done."

He also promised a "smooth and positive" transition for his successor, who will be elected by Chicagoans in February 2019.

"It will fill my eyes with tears to leave a job I love, and already my heart is full with gratitude," he said.

Emanuel was elected the Windy City's mayor in February 2011, becoming the city's first Jewish mayor. He was reelected in 2015.

Before he was mayor, Emanuel served as a US congressman representing Illinois' 5th District for three terms and later worked as President Barack Obama's chief of staff for nearly two years.

Obama, who lived in Chicago and was an Illinois senator before becoming president, lauded Emanuel for his "work to improve our schools" by prioritizing universal pre-K, debt-free community college, and "record job growth."

"Chicago is better and stronger for his leadership, and I was a better President for his wise counsel at a particularly perilous time for our country," Obama said.

A high-profile Democratic political warrior, Emanuel has also gone up against President Donald Trump as mayor, declaring his city a "Trump-free zone" and criticizing Trump's immigration policies. Under his leadership, Chicago sued the Justice Department last year over its policy to withhold federal grants unless sanctuary cities comply with immigration enforcement.

Long known for his trademark brash attitude, Emanuel's seven and a half years at City Hall have not been without controversy.

In his first year in office, Emanuel dealt with a teachers' strike over tougher teacher evaluations and the length of school days. In 2013, he received backlash from Chicago's teachers union after shuttering 50 public schools.

He faced the toughest challenge of his administration responding to the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, fatally shot McDonald, a black teenager, in October 2014. Dyke was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on the same day that dashcam video showing the shooting was released in November 2015, sparking protests across the city.

However, the 13-month gap from the incident until the charge and video release was too long for some critics, who accused police and Emanuel of a cover-up. Emanuel rejected the calls to step down and denied that he was involved in keeping the video from being released.

Emanuel expressed regret about the circumstances surrounding McDonald's death, saying in a 2015 speech during a special City Council meeting that he "take(s) responsibility for what happened, because it happened on my watch."

Emanuel's announcement comes the day before jury selection begin in Van Dyke's trial. McDonald's family declined to comment on Emanuel's decision not to run for re-election.

Chicago has struggled with high shooting and murder rates in recent years. According to Chicago's Bureau of Patrol Chief, shootings are down 30% from last year, and murders are down 25%.

June marked 15 straight months of fewer killings and shootings, police said. However, a weekend in August saw 66 people shot, 12 of them fatal.

Chicago will elect a new mayor on February 26, 2019. Twelve candidates have announced they're running for mayor, including former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who Emanuel asked to resign in 2015 following McDonald's death.

Progressive groups, such as Democracy for America, celebrated the news Emanuel won't try for a third term as a win.

"While it's disappointing that Chicagoans won't have the chance to give Rahm Emanuel the massive defeat at the polls he deserves for his long record of sheltering injustice, perpetuating inequity, and failing to keep Chicago safe, this is a great day for the Windy City," the organization's chair Jim Dean said in a statement.

Terre Haute
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 43°
Robinson
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 44°
Indianapolis
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 39°
Rockville
Overcast
42° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 36°
Casey
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 43°
Brazil
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 43°
Marshall
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 43°
Cloudy and Cool!
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 664620

Reported Deaths: 12111
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook2842176339
DuPage41602748
Will35444530
Lake34539604
Kane29562445
Winnebago17480246
McHenry13125148
Madison13074217
St. Clair12087254
Champaign1015148
Sangamon923689
Peoria8239118
Rock Island8025120
Kankakee786396
McLean772949
Macon6015115
Tazewell598790
Kendall573941
LaSalle5608119
DeKalb462845
Adams439546
Boone356530
Whiteside346499
Vermilion345343
Williamson328477
Coles310057
Clinton298456
Ogle259826
Knox256156
Grundy248911
Jackson247234
Effingham246417
Henry234712
Stephenson228830
Marion223841
Randolph205223
Livingston203421
Morgan200434
Bureau194835
Macoupin191817
Monroe187544
Franklin186522
Christian174839
Lee169922
Jefferson168558
Woodford155326
Iroquois150624
McDonough149739
Logan147112
Fayette143428
Fulton127710
Douglas125416
Shelby121924
Jersey111823
Union111226
Montgomery105019
Saline104222
Crawford10159
Jo Daviess101016
Warren98818
Carroll98424
Perry96219
Pike95521
Bond91410
Hancock88710
Cass87919
Lawrence8739
Wayne82132
Moultrie81810
Greene76326
Clay74717
Clark72719
Piatt7055
Edgar69715
Mercer6749
Ford66321
Johnson6583
Richland65719
Mason63416
Washington5992
Jasper58211
De Witt57513
Cumberland56713
White5408
Massac4992
Wabash4738
Menard4131
Pulaski3792
Hamilton3633
Unassigned3530
Marshall3525
Brown2793
Henderson2580
Alexander2442
Schuyler2361
Putnam2280
Calhoun2170
Scott2120
Stark2103
Edwards2063
Gallatin1793
Hardin1270
Pope751
Out of IL100

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 300913

Reported Deaths: 5332
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41330845
Lake26364448
Allen17299290
Elkhart16665212
St. Joseph16319220
Hamilton12459164
Vanderburgh9428112
Tippecanoe826727
Porter791279
Johnson6139164
Hendricks5807154
Vigo574474
Monroe525247
Clark495374
Delaware4789103
Madison4760119
LaPorte446894
Kosciusko446139
Howard325575
Warrick316072
Floyd306177
Bartholomew303262
Wayne295261
Cass293431
Marshall289944
Grant258747
Noble246846
Hancock243749
Henry237136
Boone235154
Dubois230430
Dearborn208829
Jackson206033
Morgan200643
Knox178017
Gibson177022
Clinton174920
Shelby174554
Lawrence171646
DeKalb171229
Adams165219
Miami155114
Wabash153018
Daviess152243
Fayette145233
Steuben141113
Jasper138311
Harrison137624
LaGrange136629
Montgomery131226
Whitley129910
Ripley123714
Decatur123542
Huntington122310
Posey118913
Putnam118326
Wells118327
Randolph117819
White117421
Clay115621
Jefferson114214
Greene100253
Scott99818
Jay95012
Starke89221
Sullivan86615
Fulton81117
Perry80921
Jennings80514
Spencer8047
Fountain7378
Washington7176
Carroll66813
Franklin65925
Orange65728
Vermillion5832
Owen5816
Parke5416
Newton54012
Tipton53726
Rush5216
Blackford51211
Pike50218
Pulaski36810
Martin3485
Brown3263
Benton3251
Crawford2781
Union2621
Switzerland2473
Warren2352
Ohio2257
Unassigned0265