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For the third time this summer, activists used major roadways in an effort to shine a light on the violence plaguing Chicago’s South and West Sides. 

Police dashcam footage captured the shooting of Laquan McDonald, center, on a Southwest Side street in 2014.

These are the names you need to know as the murder trial of suspended police Officer Jason Van Dyke gets underway.

“Now with our three children in college, Amy and I have decided it is time to write another chapter together,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 with his wife Amy Rule by his side as he announced he would not seek re-election.

“As much as I love this job and will always love this city and its residents, I have decided not to seek re-election,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday.

From left: Special prosecutor Joe McMahon, attorney Daniel Herbert and his client, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, attend a hearing on Sept. 4, 2018 concerning the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez / Pool / Chicago Tribune)

A bombshell announcement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a rare public statement from Laquan McDonald’s family set the scene on the eve of Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek a third term. We get reaction to the news from City Council.

Watch the Sept. 4, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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.

From issues of police and violence, to community development and education, an assessment of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s legacy.

From left: Cecilia Iole, Aleah Vassell, Jeff Parker, Noelle Harb and Brittany Marie Pirozzoli in “Candide.” (Photo by Brynn Yeager)

Not only does director Calvin MacLean have deep Chicago roots, so do a number of the major players in this grand-scale production.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 28, 2018.

Winning a third term wasn’t ever going to be easy for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the dynamics of the race quickly went topsy-turvy with Emanuel’s announcement that he won’t be on the 2019 ballot.