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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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  • What drives man busted 3 times since he was 14 for impersonating a cop?

    What drives man busted 3 times since he was 14 for impersonating a cop?
    Vincent Richardson was just 14 when he gained international notoriety for convincing cops at a South Side station he was one of them.
  • CTA veteran Dorval Carter to return from D.C. to run transit agency

    CTA veteran Dorval Carter to return from D.C. to run transit agency
    Dorval Carter Jr., a former acting CTA president whose career in public transit in Chicago and Washington has spanned more than 30 years, will be named the transit agency's new leader Tuesday, officials said Monday. Carter, who will become the first...

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take second-term oath at Chicago Theatre

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take second-term oath at Chicago Theatre
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel will start his second term indoors with a May 18 swearing-in ceremony at the Chicago Theatre. It's a change from four years ago, when Emanuel accepted the baton from outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley on a sun-kissed morning before a...

    New Chicago heliport aims to fill downtown air service void

    Owners of a new helicopter airport on Chicago's West Side hope high-profile corporate clients will use it for a quick commute downtown from the city's airports. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1HVsBNj ) reports the $11 million Vertiport Chicago...

    The story behind the Newton Minow story

    The story behind the Newton Minow story
    The office of Newton Minow is on the 24th floor of a building in the heart of the Loop, and it has, as you can imagine, striking views of the city in all its skyscraping, hustling vigor. Minow is 89 years old and has been a high-powered attorney for...