After 21 years in office, Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley announced on Tuesday that he would not be running for re-election this year. The announcement, made during a surprise press conference yesterday, came as a shock to Democrats and political analysts across the country.
Daley is the second longest serving mayor in Chicago history after his father, Richard J. Daley, who died in office in 1976. All eyes are on Chicago to see who will fill the political void left by Daily. Pundits and political observers are already speculating as to who will succeed Daley. Everyone from local aldermen to congressmen to President Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are thought to be potential candidates.
Sam Hudzik, political reporter from WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, joins The Takeaway to talk about Mayor Daley's legacy and what his departure will mean for Chicago.