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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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  • Rewriting a constitution not for the weak of heart

    Rewriting a constitution not for the weak of heart
    Only hours after the Illinois Supreme Court threw cold water on the state's plan to deal with runaway pension obligations earlier this month, opponents of the justices' unanimous decision were touting another way to skin the cat: Rewrite the Illinois Constitution and its Article XIII, Section 5, which says that government pensions "shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired."
  • Closing arguments target 'romantic relationship' in Park Grill clout case

    Closing arguments target 'romantic relationship' in Park Grill clout case
    A clout-heavy group of investors was handed an illegal and unfair lease to run a lucrative restaurant in a prime spot in Millennium Park, and got it with the help of a Park District official who was having an affair with one of them, a city lawyer said...

    Mayor taps former CTA board chair as finance boss

    Mayor taps former CTA board chair as finance boss
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday named former CTA Chairwoman Carole Brown, an investment banker who counts the city among her clients, to take over as his chief financial officer amid a mounting series of financial woes. Brown takes over for Lois Scott, who...

    Chicago's new aldermen switching from campaign mode to governing

    Chicago's new aldermen switching from campaign mode to governing
    Chicago's 13 new aldermen had seats onstage at the Chicago Theatre for the celebratory pomp and circumstance at Monday's inauguration ceremony, but along with the oath of office came a cold dose of reality. The days of campaign promises are over, and...

    Mayor, 50 aldermen to be sworn in Monday

    Mayor, 50 aldermen to be sworn in Monday
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's 50 aldermen and other elected city officials will take the oath of office at a Monday morning inauguration ceremony at the Chicago Theatre. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m., with Emanuel kicking off his second term...