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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kelsey Grammer as Chicago mayor in 'Boss'

    Kelsey Grammer as Chicago mayor in 'Boss'
    Apparently Chicago politicians are hot—at least the fictional kind. They appear in Fox’s “The Chicago Code,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and, this fall, in “Boss,” a new Starz series that will begin filming...
  • By George, ‘Leighton Courthouse’ shows how to play the naming game

     
    George N. Leighton, 6/29/2012. Tribune photo by Terence Antonio James In a startling break with tradition, Cook County has just named its central courthouse after former Judge George N. Leighton. The tradition I’m referring to isn’t the long-...
  • Newsman scrootens his archives to find Daley's 'Greatest Hits'

     
    Wednesday's print column. Of all the nuggets of Richard M. Daley's wit and wisdom that veteran WLS-AM 890 political reporter Bill Cameron unearthed in a recent search of his audio vault, my favorite is this: What really makes narcotics so......
  • Image holds strong memories for family of King bodyguard

    Image holds strong memories for family of King bodyguard
    Stephanie Cox-Batson was out for a jog last month when a photograph in an art gallery window stopped her in her tracks. The shot, taken July 6, 1966, showed Martin Luther King Jr. surrounded by tense police bodyguards as he entered Soldier Field to...
  • Honoring Maggie -- new school a better tribute than an old building

     
    It would not be fitting to rename the Chicago Cultural Center for Maggie Daley. Though that seems to be the sentimental choice around town, the late, widely admired wife of former Mayor Richard M. Daley is, at best, third on......
  • Where next to put the Daley name?

     
    Today's column discusses the city's upcoming decision on how best to honor the late Maggie Daley by putting her name on something. But a bigger question looms: What, ultimately, should bear the name of her husband, Richard M. Daley, the......
  • Saul, folks

     
    UPDATED with many new links: Saul Alinsky, really? What small percentage of Americans knows enough about Saul Alinsky to understand Newt Gingrich's continual use of his name to slur President Barack Obama? A list of recent commentaries and relevant...
  • Boundary violation

     
    Protesters crossed the line earlier this week when they marched on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's North Side home. I don't mean the legal line, though the demonstrators, who marched peacefully to express their anger over plans to close seven public......