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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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  • 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...
  • Gingrich points to 'radical' Alinsky in criticizing Obama

    Gingrich points to 'radical' Alinsky in criticizing Obama
    Nearly 40 years after his death, Saul Alinsky's name is back in the news, peppered throughout presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's speeches. A native Chicagoan, Alinsky was "the father of community organizing," said Sanford D. Horwitt, author of "Let...
  • Daley the baseball fan

    On a spring day in 2004 in his City Hall office, Richard M. Daley was shown a photo taken in 1955. It featured newly elected Mayor Richard J. Daley at Comiskey Park, standing with his sons, Richard, William, Michael and John, and chatting with Sox manager...
  • In inauguration, Emanuel steers away from Daley and sets own course

    In inauguration, Emanuel steers away from Daley and sets own course
    Rahm Emanuel took control of City Hall on Monday, calling for change and challenging Chicagoans to share in the work — and the pain — that lies ahead. On a crisp morning in picturesque Millennium Park, a landmark achievement of Richard M....
  • Maggie Daley 1943-2011: Chicago's longtime first lady

    Maggie Daley 1943-2011: Chicago's longtime first lady
    Maggie Daley, who dedicated herself to children's issues and the arts while also zealously guarding her family's privacy during 22 years as Chicago's first lady, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, more than nine years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer....
  • Daley's stunner: Mayor won't run again

    Daley's stunner: Mayor won't run again
    Richard M. Daley's 21-year run as mayor will end next spring with the city broadly reshaped by his vision and unprecedented grip on power, but with his image as Chicago's sure-handed leader increasingly challenged. He stepped off the political stage in...
  • Daley basks in praise at his last City Council meeting

    Daley basks in praise at his last City Council meeting
    Chicago aldermen spent hours Wednesday offering homages to the departing Mayor Richard Daley, lauding his civic passion, political guts and even his my-way-or-the-highway tendencies. The abundant praise from all but a few City Council members was...
  • Richard M. Daley's 22 years as mayor

    Richard M. Daley's 22 years as mayor
    April 4, 1989: Elected mayor over Timothy Evans with 55.4 percent of the vote. April 24, 1989: Inaugurated as Chicago's 45th mayor, Daley pledges in his inaugural address to justify voters' confidence in his "common sense" style of leadership. He also...
  • Occupy Chicago arrests are seen as a trial run for international summits to come next year

    Occupy Chicago arrests are seen as a trial run for international summits to come next year
    With two international summits coming to Chicago in just seven months, the city got a chance to conduct a trial run early Sunday in arresting a large group of protesters without it escalating into violence. Throughout Saturday evening, police remained in...
  • Mike Royko...smitten: son publishes love letters by future columnist during time in Air Force

    Mike Royko...smitten: son publishes love letters by future columnist during time in Air Force
    "Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol" Edited by David Royko University of Chicago Press, $24, 254 pages This city worships Mike Royko as an icon; the sharp-tongued, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist who feared no one. Whether people sat...