Tribune archive photo
April 4, 1989
Richard M. Daley, holding daughter Elizabeth, celebrates his election victory with wife, Maggie in 1989. The restoration of City Hall to the Daley family came four mayors and 12 years after Richard J. Daley's death in December, 1976. The first successor, Michael Bilandic, an 11th Ward alderman and Daley loyalist, was assumed by some to be merely a steward holding the chamber for young Richard, who was then a state senator and already embarked on a political path many expected would lead to City Hall. Jane Byrne's victory in 1979 threatened the Daley succession and Richard M. Daley moved to assert his claim on the office in 1983. The subsequent three-way battle elected Washington, whose death in November, 1987, led to the 14-month interim tenure of Eugene Sawyer.