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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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  • Riots follow killing of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Riots follow killing of Martin Luther King Jr.
    Before darkness fell on this day, a Friday, the plumes of smoke from the West Side already were visible to Loop office workers. In Chicago and across the nation, rioting was breaking out in response to the news that Martin Luther King Jr. had been...
  • The 1968 Democratic National Convention

    The 1968 Democratic National Convention
    Across the country and in Chicago, tensions were already high by the time delegates to the Democratic National Convention arrived for the opening session on this date. The destruction of the King riots on the West and South Sides in April was still a...
  • Sears Tower opens

    Sears Tower opens
    Several thousand employees gathered outside the soaring Sears Tower for a topping-out ceremony that would see a 2,500-pound steel girder bearing 12,000 signatures hoisted more than a quarter-mile into the sky. It was now the tallest building in the world....
  • Extension 720 Audio Archives, April 2005

    Former Chicago alderman Leon Despres--along with former Chicago Tribune reporter Kenan Heise--discusses his twenty years standing up to the Chicago Democratic machine, headed by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Despres new memoir is Challenging the...
  • Nov. 5: Chicago Scene- Author Dominic Pacyga

    Nov. 5: Chicago Scene- Author Dominic Pacyga
    Events: Monday, November 9 7:00 p.m. Borders 1500 16th Street, Suite D Oakbrook Thursday, November 12 7:00 p.m. Barnes & Noble 55 Old Orchard Center Skokie 7:00 p.m. To purchase a copy of the book: Chicago: A Biography In Chicago: A Biography,...
  • December 2 - Author Jeff Davis

    December 2 - Author Jeff Davis
    Chicago Bears: Yesterday and Today CELEBRATE YESTERDAY AND TODAY'S MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY WITH CHICAGO BEARS: YESTERDAY AND TODAY Chicagoans are passionate about many things, from the food they love to the wildest politics anywhere USA. Most talk and...
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Mother Of California's First Lady, Dies

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Mother Of California's First Lady, Dies
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver, whose advocacy for the mentally disabled helped bring people with special needs into the mainstream of American life, has died. She was 88. Shriver, the sister of President Kennedy and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and the mother of...
  • 10 things you might not know about dirty politics

    10 things you might not know about dirty politics
    It's that season again, when the dead return to life. We're not talking about Halloween--we mean Election Day, when ghost voters haunt the land. Here are 10 examples of political dirty tricks: 1. When unscrupulous British political operatives show up...
  • From the Cubicle

    In 1959 Mayor Richard J. Daley switched on the city's civil defense air-raid sirens when the White Sox clinched the pennant, sending Russian-fearing non-baseball fans into a frenzy. The Sox, up three games to one over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in...
  • Part 3: Politics snarl O'Hare

    The parochial and petty politics that have turned O'Hare International Airport into a treasure-trove for concessionaires and contractors also are at the heart of why the transportation hub is a quagmire of delays, hassles and heartaches. The political...
  • O'Malley finds a confidant in a predecessor

    By all accounts, Thomas J. D'Alesandro III had had his fill of City Hall by 1971. He'd been mayor for a single but tumultuous term, marked by the 1968 riots, racial strife and strikes by city laborers, bus drivers, even symphony musicians. "It's all...