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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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  • GOP uses association with Chicago against Obama

    Once there was an aspiring young political strategist who disrupted a Chicago campaign event for a rival party candidate by inviting homeless to it with promises of free food, drink and more. Republicans this election season have been attacking "Chicago-...
  • City building commission overstated money to minority firms by 40 percent

    A city agency that oversees hundreds of millions of dollars of construction projects “grossly overstated” the amount paid out to certified minority contractors in 2009, according to a report issued today by the city’s top internal...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A literary look back

    A literary look back
    Rick Kogan, Tribune reporter "The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood" By Jane Leavy Harper, $27.99 Leavy's "The Last Boy" is as masterfully researched and beautifully written as any biography this year. Sox fans like me may...
  • 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....
  • 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....