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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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  • Ex-Mayor Daley: Power beyond

     
    by Mark Silva Okay, so maybe Chicago has a reputation for doing politics its own way. In this reputation, the after-life comes with full voting rights. But the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley serving as a superdelegate for Sen....
  • Obama's sealed records: Daley Library

     
    by John Kass Conservative writer Stanley Kurtz -- researching an article for the National Review about connections between Barack Obama and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers -- made a big mistake. The poor man took a wrong turn on...

    Video: Obama didn't know about Ayers?

     
    One of only a few documented encounters Obama had with ex-radical Bill Ayers was in 1995, when he hosted a dinner at which Hyde Park's outgoing state senator introduced Obama as her chosen successor. Today, on CNN, Obama's chief strategist...

    Obama from Chicago's political machine?

     
    Mayor Richard J. Daley at Chicago City Hall at June 14, 1973 press conference. Chicago Tribune photo by George Quinn. by Frank James Although the 2008 presidential campaign is over, its talking points apparently aren't, particularly the one about...

    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!...