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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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  • Theater review: ‘Early and Often’ at Open Fist Theatre

     
    Philip Brandes reviews the political satire "Early and Often" at the Open Fist Theatre....
  • 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...
  • Daley calls Rostenkowski the 'nation's congressman' at funeral

     
    The casket of former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski is brought into St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. (Nancy Stone/Tribune) Posted by Tribune staff at 4 a.m.; last updated at 11:58 a.m. Chicago's political class is gathered at a North Side church this......
  • Daley announcement not so stunning, really

     
    Today's announcement makes even more sense to me now than it did on Oct. 2, 2009 when I posted this in the wake of Chicago's failed Olympic bid: Mayor Richard M. Daley? This is the beginning of the end of......
  • Weekend getaways: A guide to suburban B&Bs, historic hotels

     
    Crisp autumn temperatures and colorful fall foliage create an idyllic setting no matter where you travel. So why waste valuable time and money traveling to …...
  • Richard M. Daley, Chicago mayor, boss and Obama mentor, calls it quits next year

     
    Big-city Democratic boss retires after 21 years, setting off a political succession scramble including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel....
  • Daley faces aldermen for first time since big announcement

     
    Posted by Hal Dardick, John Byrne and John Chase at 8:10 a.m.; last updated at 12:27 p.m. Mayor Richard Daley today presides over his first City Council meeting since stunning Chicago with his announcement that he won't seek re-election. Aldermen......
  • Chicagoan President Obama votes early, but only once

     
    Ah, but how many times will his ballot be counted back home in Cook County?...
  • Daley testy about campaign criticism

     
    UPDATED at 5:12 p.m. by Kristen Mack with Chico saying he's for casino in Chicago to fund schools. Posted by John Byrne at 1:10 p.m. Mayor Richard Daley took a shot today at former top aide Gery Chico, who's running......
  • Chicago gearing up for snow removal

     
    Posted by John Byrne at 12:55 p.m. Mayor Richard Daley might not be running for re-election, but he says that'll have no bearing on how his administration prepares for snow removal this winter. The city will continue with efforts to......
  • This will be a record Christmas in the Daley household

     
    Richard J. Daley served as the Mayor of Chicago from April 20 1955 until his death on Dec. 20, 1976. The online duration calculator tells us- It is 7916 days from the start date to the end date, end date......