After serving for more than 20 years, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has decided not to run for reelection.
Daley, who was elected in 1989, told reporters at a Chicago news conference that the decision was a personal one and something he has been considering for months.
The mayor’s wife, Maggie Daley, has been battling cancer since 2002.
Daley has taken criticism recently over a failed bid to have the city to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and the controversial leasing of the city’s parking meters to a private company.
Contenders will likely line up to take Daley’s position. President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, made news in April when he said he wanted to “one day” run for mayor after Daley was no longer in the job.