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Chicago After Daley Wed Oct 20 2010

Quigley Decides Against Mayoral Run

There had been a rumor floating around for a little while now that Congressman Mike Quigley (D-5th) was going to make a run to succeed Mayor Daley. He'd indicated some interest in the past and obviously now is his big chance. But Quigley has decided not to run for mayor. In a press release today he said has decided to continue working to make the federal government "more efficient and accountable" as a member of the House of Representatives. The full press release is below the fold.

"After careful consideration, I have decided not to pursue a run to become Chicago's 55th mayor, instead choosing to continue what I started in Congress 18 months ago: making our federal government more efficient and accountable; one that works better for Chicagoans and all Americans. The people of the 5th District have put their trust in me, and it is an honor to serve them and be their voice in Washington.

As Chicago turns its attention to those seeking the mayor's office, we must remember that the greatest challenge facing candidates is not February's primary or April's election, but a city that needs guidance and strong leadership in troubled times. Our next mayor will have to reconcile limited resources with a city that counts on its public services. Chicago needs a mayor to make tough choices on our budget to protect our financial health and ensure its sustainability. We must demand a mayor who values transparency, will build Chicago's green economy, invest in education and public safety, and sees the urgency in cracking down on duplicative city and county functions.

At its most fundamental level our goal as a city is to understand what city government should be doing, who should be doing it, and making sure they do it as efficiently as possible. We need a leader willing to ask these questions and one capable of answering them."

 
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