In a stunning decision, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday morning that he will no longer seek a third term in office, signaling the end to what has been a tumultuous – and at times transformative – eight years in office.
With First Lady Amy Rule by his side, an emotional Emanuel said the time simply had come to write a new chapter in their lives together.
No doubt he read the writing on the wall. For us geezers, it isn't as shocking as President Lyndon Johnson's televised announcement that he wouldn't seek re-election, but it's amazing nonetheless. For Emanuel, the trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke that begins today (a coincidence?) hangs over his head like the proverbial Sword of Damocles.
Emanuel's departure will be good for Chicago, but not so great for wherever he lands. One can hope that it give Paul Vallas a better shot at winning the mayoral election.
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