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Richard J. Daley

Richard J. Daley
Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago from 21 years, from 1955 to 1976. During that time, he headed a vast Democratic political machine. He died unexpectedly at age 74 on Dec. 20, 1976, when he had a heart attack during a visit to his doctor's office. Daley had been mayor longer than anyone else, and his death came as a shock to a generation of Chicagoans who could remember no other mayor. He was often described as the last of the big city bosses ruling over the last of the big city political machines. But he was also an expert on municipal government and especially city finance. He was the most powerful Democrat in Illinois and the most influential mayor in the nation. His son, Richard M. D... Show more »
Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago from 21 years, from 1955 to 1976. During that time, he headed a vast Democratic political machine. He died unexpectedly at age 74 on Dec. 20, 1976, when he had a heart attack during a visit to his doctor's office. Daley had been mayor longer than anyone else, and his death came as a shock to a generation of Chicagoans who could remember no other mayor. He was often described as the last of the big city bosses ruling over the last of the big city political machines. But he was also an expert on municipal government and especially city finance. He was the most powerful Democrat in Illinois and the most influential mayor in the nation. His son, Richard M. Daley, was first elected mayor in 1989 and won a sixth term in 2007. « Show less

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  • On the Chicago set of 'The Playboy Club'

    On the Chicago set of 'The Playboy Club'
    Smoke wafts over the stage as a sexy chanteuse bursts through a curtain of gold streamers and reaches for the microphone to sing "The Lady Is a Tramp."
  • Top off summer style with classic hat

    Top off summer style with classic hat
    Think about it, fellas. How many times are you stopped on the street by a complete stranger who tells you you're looking great. Never, you say? Put on a distinctive hat this summer and I guarantee you'll acquire an instant fashion fan club. "Wow, cool!...

    The Beatles invade Chicago

    The Beatles invade Chicago
    When you dive into the Tribune's coverage of the Beatles in 1964, you find fear. Fear about the hair, the strange music and the screaming. The hair was an affront; the mop-topped four sported a sheep-dog look that was ridiculed mercilessly. Bob Hope...

    City dedicates library to former Mayor Daley

    City dedicates library to former Mayor Daley
    Chicago officials on Thursday continued the time-honored tradition of imprinting the city’s public buildings with the names of former leaders, dedicating the Richard M. Daley public library in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. It could be the...

    Chicago starts replacing lights that have shrouded city in orange glow

    Chicago starts replacing lights that have shrouded city in orange glow
    Almost four decades after the orange glow first took over Chicago’s night skies, the city’s Transportation Department is taking steps toward converting streetlights back to a more natural -- and less light-polluting -- hue. New ceramic metal-...