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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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  • Emanuel names Claypool to 3rd stint as mayoral chief of staff

     Emanuel names Claypool to 3rd stint as mayoral chief of staff
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned to old friend and City Hall veteran Forrest Claypool to be his new chief of staff as the mayor tries to deal with a growing scandal at the Chicago Public Schools and confront a series of lingering, serious problems facing the city as he heads into his second term.
  • CPS' billion-dollar budget hole leaves unappealing options

    CPS' billion-dollar budget hole leaves unappealing options
    With a nearly empty rainy day fund, a bond rating on the edge of junk status and a new round of teacher contract negotiations underway, Chicago Public Schools has no clear way to fill its projected billion-dollar budget hole. After decades of poorly...

    Daley nephew starts own consulting firm

    Daley nephew starts own consulting firm
    Peter Thompson, a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and former chief executive of Perkins Investment Management, is starting his own firm, Magis Leadership Advisers. Magis has three arms: consulting and advisory services, particularly to...

    The 606 park to open in June

    The 606 park to open in June
    A long-planned Chicago park stretching along abandoned Northwest Side train tracks will debut June 6, the city announced Monday. The idea for The 606 park and trail system, which will run along 2.7 miles of elevated tracks near Bloomingdale Avenue...

    Burke lacks votes on strip club measure

    Burke lacks votes on strip club measure
    With too few colleagues in his corner, Ald. Ed Burke on Wednesday left languishing a proposal to loosen nudity rules at Chicago strip clubs. Burke had filed the paperwork for a vote on a measure to allow topless dancing at strip joints that serve...