Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Gives In To Protesters, Won't Seek Re-Election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will not be seeking a third term.

Chicago, IL Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that he will not seek re-election for a third term, amid outcry from protesters who have repeatedly demanded that he step down from his position.

As much as I love this job and will always love this city and its residents, Ive decided not to seek re-election, Emanuel said during a Tuesday press conference, according to FOX News. This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.

Emanuel has held the Windy Citys mayoral position for over seven years.

Ive given my all every day and left everything on the field, he said. We have more to do and from now until then, we will do everything in our power to get it done and walk out the door hopefully leaving Chicago and Chicagoans in a better place.

In July, Coalition For a New Chicago President Reverend Gregory Livingston called a press conference to announce that the group would cause massive unrest throughout the city if their list of demands were not met.

Among their demands was the resignation of Emanuel.

We are planning a major act of civil disobedience in the Chicago business district because Chicagos unbridled violence will not end unless and until we deal with the corruption that breeds it, Livingston said.

We are demanding, again, the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, he continued. He will never be the peoples mayor. He is the downtown mayor who has destabilized our neighborhoods and delivered on empty promises. He is a Washington, DC power broker who needs to go back to DC.

Livingston demanded a meeting with city leaders to undo Mayor Emanuels corrupt practices, and referred to Chicago Superintendent Eddie Johnson as the mayors political puppet.

Calls for Emanuels resignation amped up again in mid-August, after he urged residents to speak up and help police who were trying to make their neighborhoods safer, FOX News reported. He also blamed a lack of morals in certain neighborhoods as a factor in the citys violent crime surge

This may not be politically correct," Emanuel said at the time, "but I know the power of what faith and family can doOur kids need that structureI am asking that we also dont shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad and right from wrong.

On Monday, Livingston and 11 other protesters were arrested near the Kennedy Expressway as they prepared to block traffic traveling to OHare International Airport, the Chicago Tribune reported.

I honestly think in the long run we got our message across, Frank Coconate, who helped organize the protest, told the Chicago Tribune. I think it took where this was being held, in cop land up here in this part of the city, for people to think about why its beautiful up here and why on the West and the South sides things are so badTheres a lot of money thats really not reaching those neighborhoods.

The following day, Emanuel announced he would not seek re-election.

"At the end of the day, what matters most in public life is four more years for our children, not four more years for me," he said.

Comments (12)
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Just maybe, maybe there is hope for at least support for law and order in Chicago, if the (sane) residents will vote the right person into office ...


Shouldve stepped down months ago. When 50+ people are being shot in your city every damn weekend, maybe youre not the guy to be at the helm...


Ok, good. Rob Emanuel is going soon-- and now they had themselves a "we went and done did it" moment ...

woo hoo............. Ho hum...

but ,uh oh...wait just a second there loyal readers... .although now that means the community is going to quickly need to seek other reasons to blame for their own psychotic behaviors and victim mentality. No,of course they didn't think of that now did they?

Ok, Chicago boys and girls have a homework assignment that will need to be turned in by Monday morning . It is a 3 page essay you will title "What else can I blame my own poor behaviors on?" I expect it handed in first thing Monday morning, no excuses. Come on class ,no pouting ....this should be so easy for you.


He was terrible as Mayor, a weak liberal pure politician. But Chicago has a culture problem, exacerbated by years of Democratic leadership which weakened law enforcement efforts and fanned racial divide. A new black Mayor and another black Police chief will not be enough to quell the violence and racial divided. It is what it is and will continue to morph as Detroit did - just another shithole!


Law and order is doomed in Chicago. Dont you see that the ACLU and Black Lives Matter are on the oversight committee of the police department.

All of Chicago PD should collectively go on a four-day vacation and then see if the people of Chicago want a law and order police department back to control crime.