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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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  • Council to hold hearing on closing of city mental health clinics

    Council to hold hearing on closing of city mental health clinics
    More than two years after Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed six of the city’s mental health clinics, patients, unions and other critics that continue to oppose the move are getting a hearing on the matter.
  • Emanuel hounded by crime issue

    Emanuel hounded by crime issue
    Violent crime in Chicago has been on the decline for two decades, yet as Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to re-election next year, the scourge of shootings and gang murders still defines the conversation in many neighborhoods across the South and West sides....

    In Chicago, an anybody-but-Rahm drumbeat begins

     In Chicago, an anybody-but-Rahm drumbeat begins
    An anybody-but-Rahm movement is growing in Chicago, making big trouble for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. A new Tribune poll shows his approval rating has dropped like a stone, and now stands at an anemic 35 percent. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen...

    Tribune poll: Daley gets blame for city's financial condition

    Tribune poll: Daley gets blame for city's financial condition
    Far more Chicago voters believe former Mayor Richard M. Daley is more responsible for the city's ongoing financial woes than his successor, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll. At the same time, a strong majority of those surveyed continue to...

    Thank you, Montgomery Ward

    Thank you, Montgomery Ward
    On a summer day, thousands flock to Chicago's beaches, cast a fishing line into its harbors and play softball in Grant Park, oblivious to their indebtedness to A. Montgomery Ward, who fought to keep developers' hands off the city's lakefront. Few...