The Week in Review: Mayor Emanuel Won’t Seek 3rd Term

Mayor Rahm Emanuel drops a political bombshell that shakes up the crowded list of declared candidates for Chicago mayor. News that he won’t seek re-election also paves the way for political heavyweights to enter the fray: Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle; Valerie Jarrett, former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser; and Bill Daley, brother of longtime mayor Richard M. Daley and Emanuel’s replacement as Obama’s chief of staff from 2011 to 2012.

The murder trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke gets underway as the family of Laquan McDonald calls for “complete peace,” no matter the verdict.

And in sports, the NFL’s oldest rivalry will be on full display Sunday night as the Bears face the Packers at Lambeau Field. The Bears haven’t beaten the Packers since November 2015, but fans are hoping the big-time acquisition of linebacker Khalil Mack, the highest-paid defensive player in the league with a six-year, $141 million contract, will shake up Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who’s coincidentally the highest paid NFL player after a recent four-year, $134 million extension.


Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times | @MarkBrownCST
Mary Ann Ahern, NBC 5 Chicago | @MaryAnnAhernNBC
Kimberley Egonmwan, WVON | @BlkFolkStayWoke
Julie DiCaro, 670 The Score | @JulieDiCaro

The conversation continues in our web-extra video. This week, Mary Ann Ahern describes some of the backlash she received from Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich in response to a NBC 5 Chicago segment on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s review of sex abuse allegations implicating priests with connections to Illinois.

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