Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel left Metropolis Corridor for the final time Friday afternoon, ending his eight-year, typically turbulent tenure.
The mayor hugged and high-fived cheering staffers as he walked by means of the halls however shortly exited right into a ready black SUV exterior, the place a a lot smaller and quieter public crowd stood.
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It was reportedly a drastically totally different scene from 2011, when Emanuel’s predecessor — former Mayor Richard M. Daley, son of Chicago legend Richard J. Daley — left workplace after 22 years on the job.
Sparred with Trump
Emanuel, who was recognized for being a flamboyant politician, began his mayoral profession combating with a trainer’s union, then constantly sparred with President Trump, defending Chicago as a sanctuary metropolis. He additionally took warmth for allegedly protecting 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-Occasions reported. McDonald was shot 16 occasions. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was convicted of second-degree homicide.
The capturing occurred at a essential level in Emanuel’s reelection marketing campaign in 2015, and he didn’t launch the video till after he gained, and even then solely below a judicial order. The town settled with McDonald’s household for $5 million.
“Once more and repeatedly 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 response to WLS-TV in Chicago. Kalven first reported on the existence of the dashcam video of McDonald’s capturing.
In an interview with WLS, Emanuel defined he didn’t need to run for a 3rd time period as a result of he was “useless drained.”
“Being mayor will not be a part-time job,” he mentioned. “There isn’t a Fourth of July vacation. I knew I did not have 4 years within the fuel tank.”
Many imagine, 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 gained the African-American vote wanted to safe his spot as a three-term mayor,” Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton wrote final 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 simply too ingrained in African-American voters’ minds.
He has dominated out working for president and mentioned he wants a break from politics to be together with his household. “Nevertheless, ought to a Democrat win in 2020, may you go to Washington? You understand what, who is aware of in the event that they even need me?” he instructed Chicago’s WMAQ-TV.
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Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot takes workplace on Monday.