Mayor Richard Daley says he will not run for re-election in 2011.
“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 spoke for less than five minutes and took no questions.
Mayor Richard Daley rings in the new school year this morning at Wells Community Academy High School. Hours later, he announced he would not seek another term. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune).
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, announced the mayor’;s retirement in the middle of a City Council Finance Committee debate that he was leading at the same time Daley was making his announcement.
“Wow, wow,” Burke said. “So all you wanna-be mayors, I guess you better run out and get your petitions.”