Chicago Mayor Daley announced today he would not be running for re-election. Daley has been mayor since 1989. The mayor made the announcement at a City Hall press conference.
“The truth is I have been thinking about this for the past several months,” Daley said at a City Hall news conference. “In the end this is a personal decision, no more, no less.”
Daley (68) will surpass his father’s 21-year tenure this year.
I’m here today to say what I hope you already know: I love Chicago. I love the ‘I will’ spirit of the place, and most of all, I love the people. Throughout this great city, in every neighborhood, on every block, there are people who give unselfishly, unbending in their determination, bold in the belief that they can make a difference. And they have. Together as a city, we have moved past our differences to make real progress. We are Chicago, in my view, the greatest city on Earth. For 38 years I’ve been a public servant, and for the last 21 years, as mayor. From the beginning, I’ve been guided by one belief: that every day I could do better for the people of Chicago. I’ve always known that people want you to work hard for them.