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Chicago’s ill conceived handgun ban may technically be finished, but that doesn’t mean that the trouble in the Windy City has gone with it.

In fact, thanks to the massive armament disparity between the criminals and the citizens of Chicago during the 30-some years that the ban was in effect, the trouble is truly just now beginning to diminish.

This has led to week after week of unchecked violence in Chiraq, with shootings and gun related homicides skyrocketing at an alarming rate.  Now, amid the turbulence, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made a surprise announcement.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that he is not seeking re-election for a third term amid withering criticism over his administration’s policies and a soaring violent crime rate in the Windy City.

“As much as I love this job and will always love this city and its residents, I’ve decided not to seek re-election,” Emanuel said at a press conference on Tuesday. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.”

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Emanuel added: “For the last seven and a half years I’ve given my all every day and left everything on the field. This commitment has required significant sacrifice all around. … We have more to do and from now until then, we will do everything in our power to get it done and walk out the door hopefully leaving Chicago and Chicagoans in a better place.”

Emanuel was a Democratic congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama before becoming mayor in 2011. He followed Richard M. Daley, who was mayor for more than 20 years.

This will undoubtedly fuel speculation that Emanuel could have aspirations for a higher office in the coming years, especially given his closeness to Barack Obama.

And while we don’t know for certain what’s in the future for Emanuel, there is no doubt that the ghosts of slain Chicagoans will be following him.

 

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