- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 7, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he’s not running for re-election after more than 20 years in office.

Mr. Daley said Tuesday he’s been thinking about not running for several months and has become comfortable with his decision over the last several weeks. Mr. Daley said “it just feels right,” and that the time to move on “is now.”

The 68-year-old Democrat has been Chicago’s mayor since 1989. He called the announcement “a personal decision,” and said he and his family now begin a “new phase of our lives.”

His wife, Maggie, recently has been battling cancer.

Mr. Daley was elected to the state Senate in 1972 and as Cook County state’s attorney in 1980. He became Chicago mayor in 1989 when he won a special mayoral election after the death of Mayor Harold Washington.