Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves office for last time, political future uncertain

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel left Metropolis Corridor for the last time Friday afternoon, ending his eight-year, usually turbulent tenure.

The mayor hugged and high-fived cheering staffers as he walked via the halls however shortly exited right into a ready black SUV outdoors, the place a a lot smaller and quieter public crowd stood.

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It was reportedly a drastically completely different scene from 2011, when Emanuel’s predecessor — former Mayor Richard M. Daley, son of Chicago legend Richard J. Daley — left office after 22 years on the job.

Sparred with Trump

Emanuel, who was identified for being a flamboyant politician, began his mayoral profession preventing with a trainer’s union, then constantly sparred with President Trump, defending Chicago as a sanctuary metropolis. He additionally took warmth for allegedly overlaying up a video of a police officer’s 2014 deadly capturing of 17-year-old  Laquan McDonald till after he was re-elected to his second time period, the Chicago Solar-Instances reported. McDonald was shot 16 instances. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was convicted of second-degree homicide.

The capturing occurred at a vital level in Emanuel’s reelection marketing campaign in 2015, and he didn’t launch the video till after he received, and even then solely beneath a judicial order. Town settled with McDonald’s household for $5 million.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last September that he would not seek a third term in office. (Associated Press)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced last September that he wouldn’t search a 3rd time period in office. (Related Press)

“Once more and many times he has resisted reforms, he resisted the consent decree course of that he has now embraced and is taking credit score for as a part of his legacy,” investigative reporter Jamie Kalven wrote, in line with WLS-TV in Chicago. Kalven first reported on the existence of the dashcam video of McDonald’s capturing.

‘Lifeless drained’

In an interview with WLS, Emanuel defined he didn’t need to run for a 3rd time period as a result of he was “lifeless drained.”

“Being mayor is just not a part-time job,” he stated. “There isn’t any Fourth of July vacation. I knew I did not have 4 years within the fuel tank.”

Many consider, nevertheless, that the 59-year-old Emanuel — who first drew nationwide consideration as a congressman, then as an adviser to former President Invoice Clinton and White Home chief of employees for former President Barack Obama — didn’t have the votes to get re-elected after the fallout from the McDonald capturing.

‘Who is aware of in the event that they even need me?’

“Rahm Emanuel couldn’t have received the African-American vote wanted to safe his spot as a three-term mayor,” Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton wrote last September. “The picture of the 17-year-old [McDonald] mendacity on the pavement after Officer Jason Van Dyke pumped 16 bullets into his physique is just too ingrained in African-American voters’ minds.

He has dominated out working for president and stated he wants a break from politics to be along with his household. “Nevertheless, ought to a Democrat win in 2020, may you go to Washington? what, who is aware of in the event that they even need me?” he informed Chicago’s WMAQ-TV.

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Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot takes office on Monday.

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