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Chicago Mayor Daley won’t seek re-election

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After more than two decades in office, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced Tuesday that he won't seek reelection in 2011. "Simply put, it's time. Time for me, time for Chicago to move on," Daley told reporters Tuesday, calling it a "personal decision."

Daley is currently Chicago's second-longest-serving mayor, trailing only his father, Richard J. Daley, who served for nearly 22 years — a record the younger Daley will pass in December.

The decision is sure to prompt speculation about White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's future, as he has made no secret of his desire to run for Chicago mayor someday.

(Photo of Daley: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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