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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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  • City Escape owner Connie Rivera talks about gardening, following your dream

     City Escape owner Connie Rivera talks about gardening, following your dream
    When Mayor Richard M. Daley was putting together a landscape advocacy task force in the early '90s, he asked Connie Rivera to participate. It put her back on familiar turf.
  • Create an 'aerotropolis' for Southland

    Create an 'aerotropolis' for Southland
    "Airports will shape business location and urban development in the 21st century as much as highways did in the 20th century, railroads in the 19th and seaports in the 18th." Those are the words of John Kasarda, a business professor at the University of...

    Minnie Minoso documentary airs tonight on WTTW

    Minnie Minoso documentary airs tonight on WTTW
    A documentary about White Sox great Minnie Minoso, whose death was reported Sunday, will air Monday night on the local PBS affiliate, WTTW-Ch. 11. "Baseball Has Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story" (comprising footage shot by producer...

    Maggie Daley Park restaurant renderings revealed

    Maggie Daley Park restaurant renderings revealed
    Chicagoans and tourists may have to wait until early next year to sit down and order food at the new restaurant at Maggie Daley Park. The Four Corners Tavern Group, which will be operating the restaurant and paying $1.1 million to build it, is...

    Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia forces runoff, steps into spotlight

     Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia forces runoff, steps into spotlight
    Re-election battles typically are referendums on the incumbent, one reason Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia framed his Chicago mayoral candidacy as a reaction to perceived shortcomings in the style and performance of Rahm Emanuel. "The...