It came as quite a shock to all, reporters, news personnel and city residents alike, the announcement from the Mayor himself. At a news conference today, the 7th of September, 2010, Mayor Richard M. Daley made the announcement that, after 21 years running the city of Chicago, he has no plans on seeking another term as the Mayor of this great city.
Mayor Daley almost had tears in his eyes and his voice trembled as he reflected on the years he has served and how much he loves Chicago and the people. He stated that he had been thinking about this for several months, with serious thoughts for the past couple of weeks. He says that his decision feels “just right” as he wouldn’t elaborate on the reasons for his choice. With his wife by his side, Mayor Daley stated “I’ve always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when it’s time to move on. For me, that time is now.” He says that this decision is a personal one for him and his family to start a new phase in their lives.
Mayor Daley was accompanied by his wife Maggie, his two daughters, two sons and son-in-law. Some who attended the conference felt that big news was coming with the presence of the family there.
Maggie Daley was diagnosed with cancer back in 2002, has several surgeries and radiation, and speculation is that the Mayor wanted to retire to spend more time with her and the family, though he did not give any specific reasons for his decision.
With Mayor Daley Senior in office from 1955 until he passed away in 1976, and his son in office for the past 21 years, it has been part of the identity of Chicago to have a Daley in the Mayor’s office. Critics have complained that the younger Daley pretty much ran Chicago, in many ways, just as his father, the boss of the democratic machine, for two decades.
Mayor stated that he has given his best for the city of Chicago and it is now time for Chicago to move on. He has seven good months left in office and vows to work just as hard for the next seven months as he has for the past 21 years to serve the people of the city of Chicago.