Rahm Emanuel calls it quits as Chicago Mayor

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek a third term in office, he announced Tuesday morning, a stunning reversal that will leave the city’s politics in turmoil.

Emanuel, 58, first won the election in 2011, succeeding the legendary Richard M. Daley. His two terms in office had been marred by repeated waves of violence, especially in low-income minority neighborhoods, and frequent clashes with education activists, labor allies and the city’s African American community.

“Today, the time has come to make another tough choice. As much as I love this job, and will always love this city and its residents, I’ve decided not to seek re-election,” Emanuel said at a City Hall press conference. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.”

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