Scott Waguespack

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains the surprise that shook the city and why he won’t seek re-election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains the surprise that shook the city and why he won’t seek re-election

Pugnacious and ever confident, Rahm Emanuel never has been one to back away from a political fight.

But on Tuesday, he did just that, abruptly dropping a bid for a third term as Chicago’s mayor to instead write an undetermined “next chapter” of his life.

After 23 years in politics, Emanuel said he had asked many sacrifices of his wife, Amy Rule, and their three children. In an interview, the mayor described his personal and professional lives as two planes preparing to land on separate runways, making the timing right to step away from public life.

So after months of discussions with his family and a long holiday weekend spent dropping off his third child at college,...

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