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Richard M. Daley

One of the most powerful and influential of America's big-city mayors, Richard M. Daley served six terms as Chicago's mayor. First elected in 1989, Daley was the longest-serving mayor in Chicago history, eclipsing the record set by his father, mentor and role model, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Richard M. Daley chose not to run for re-election in the 2011 campaign.

A former state legislator and Cook County state's attorney, Daley built a multiethnic, multiracial coalition that kept him in power, even as the strength and influence of the once legendary county Democratic machine waned. Daley worked to revamp and improve the city's public school system, overhauled public housing an...
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One of the most powerful and influential of America's big-city mayors, Richard M. Daley served six terms as Chicago's mayor. First elected in 1989, Daley was the longest-serving mayor in Chicago history, eclipsing the record set by his father, mentor and role model, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Richard M. Daley chose not to run for re-election in the 2011 campaign.

A former state legislator and Cook County state's attorney, Daley built a multiethnic, multiracial coalition that kept him in power, even as the strength and influence of the once legendary county Democratic machine waned. Daley worked to revamp and improve the city's public school system, overhauled public housing and invested heavily in the city's infrastructure in projects ranging from Millennium Park to the expansion of O'Hare International Airport. He also launched a beautification effort that included wrought-iron fencing on public properties and installation of planters, trees and landscaping citywide. Daley's time at the helm also was marked by federal investigations that uncovered contracting irregularities and what prosecutors called "massive fraud" in hiring and promotions designed to reward political loyalists. A top aide was sentenced to prison in the personnel scheme.
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  • Chicago Mayor Kennelly honored a half-century after his death — in suburbia

     Chicago Mayor Kennelly honored a half-century after his death — in suburbia
    In the early 1960s, a Chicago alderman proposed naming what is now the Eisenhower Expressway after former Mayor Martin H. Kennelly, whose name nowadays may not be as recognizable as Daley or Emanuel, but who led the city from 1947 to 1955.
  • 10 things you might not know about Chicago mayoral elections

    10 things you might not know about Chicago mayoral elections
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus "Chuy" Garcia face off April 7 in the most competitive Chicago mayoral race in decades. Here are 10 facts about mayoral politics, to be read early and often: 1. For the first four mayoral elections, there was no silent...

    Chicago's on the brink of bankruptcy

    Through one of the greatest boom times in American history, Mayor Richard M. Daley managed to bring Chicago to the brink of bankruptcy. Now, the next mayor must seriously confront a horrendous financial situation, as there is no room for further delay....

    Garcia raises money in D.C. for Chicago runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

     Garcia raises money in D.C. for Chicago runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel
    Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia wrapped up a two-day East Coast swing Tuesday with a $500-a-person fundraiser that drew teacher unions officials, lobbyists and many Latino supporters. The candidate got a boost from labor leaders who framed up...

    African-American vote could be key to Chicago mayoral election

    African-American vote could be key to Chicago mayoral election
    Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joined with supporters in Englewood as they walked past abandoned buildings and trash-strewn vacant lots before coming upon one of the few occupied storefronts along Halsted Street between Marquette Road and 68th Street. "The only...