ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We're two months before the 2010 election but Tuesday brings a political shocker impacting the 2011 election. Richard M Daley says he will not seek another term as Chicago's mayor.
Daley has been first in command of the Second City since 1989. In fact, this December Daley will pass his father Richard J Daley as the longest serving mayor in Chicago history.
Daley says his reasons not to run for a 7th term are personal and not political. But it's been a tough twelve months for Daley, with Chicago's poor showing in the bid for the 2016 olympics coupled with the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the city's hand gun ban.
"If you're a politician you always want to go out on top and this mayor can certainly argue that he's going out on top, on his terms, " said NIU Associate Politcal Science Professor Matt Streb. . How that will affect Rockford, how will it affect downstate, it's tough to know. Other than you have someone who is probably likely to have a little less influence than Daley with some of the state legislators."
As for who will make a run at replacing daley; speculation centers around President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
"If you look at the tenures of the Chief's of Staff of Presidents, they're not much longer than what Emanuel's been in office for right now," said Streb. "And certainly he's made it very clear that he would love to be the Mayor of the city of Chicago. And the only thing keeping him from being the Mayor of Chicago, I think in his mind, was the fact that you had Richard Daley sitting there as an incumbent."
The deadline for filing for candidacy is November 22nd.