Last Thursday, one of City Hall’s most prominent and respected reporters, Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote about the possibility that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel might not seek a third term. When asked for reaction to Spielman’s story, an insider in the mayor’s office told Chicago Tonight political reporter Paris Schutz last week that Emanuel was 99 percent definitely running.
Either the insider did not know, did not tell us what they did know or, maybe that 1-percent probability turned into the longshot outcome.
What does the mayor’s decision to not seek re-election mean to challengers – and potential challengers – in the 2019 race? Local political reporters weigh in on this significant announcement:
Bill Cameron, WLS 890-AM
Heather Cherone, The Daily Line
Craig Dellimore, WBBM Newsradio
Carol Marin, Chicago Tonight and NBC5
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