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Chicago, After Rahm

Campaign insiders offer clues to the reasons for Emanuel’s startling announcement that he won’t seek reelection as mayor. (Others just say “good riddance.”)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with his wife, Amy Rule, at Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with his wife, Amy Rule, at Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013.Pool/Reuters

On September 7, 2010, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley—the “mayor for life”—announced he would not be seeking reelection to his 7th term in office. On Tuesday, his successor, Rahm Emanuel, made the same move. In a press conference Tuesday morning, he abruptly announced that he was throwing in the towel after his two terms were up, even though he has already raised millions in campaign funds.

“The time has come to make another tough choice,” Emanuel said at Chicago’s city hall, flanked by his wife, Amy Rule. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it’s not the job for a lifetime.”