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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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  • An invitation to join us at Chicago Live! in Pipers Alley

    An invitation to join us at Chicago Live! in Pipers Alley
    I grew up three blocks from Piper’s Alley in Old Town, the new home for Chicago Live!, which begins its eight-week winter season Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. As many of you know, and I was glad to see you in the audience, I previously hosted the...
  • The night McCormick Place burned

    The night McCormick Place burned
    The scope of the disaster was hard to fathom. Tribune reporters and photographers who raced to the scene that bitterly cold January night in 1967 sent word that McCormick Place was ablaze, engulfed in flames, raging — destroyed. Back at Tribune...
  • 'Hog butcher for the world'

    'Hog butcher for the world'
    The shuttering of the Union Stock Yard and Transit Co. on July 30, 1971, didn't mark the end of Chicago's role as "hog butcher for the world." That came a year earlier, when "hog alley" closed, a victim of the stockyards' long descent from years of...
  • Hubbard Street plans work about Chagall windows

    Hubbard Street plans work about Chagall windows
    Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will celebrate its 35th anniversary this fall with its first-ever full-length production, an original work by resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, inspired by another local treasure, Marc Chagall's "America Windows." The...
  • 'Playboy Club: The Scarlet Bunny' recap: Abe Froman, Laura Benanti & a big ol' gay-gasm

    'Playboy Club: The Scarlet Bunny' recap: Abe Froman, Laura Benanti & a big ol' gay-gasm
    Criticize NBC’s “The Playboy Club” all you want, but Carol-Lynne is one fierce Mother Bunny, er, Bunny Mother. “The Scarlet Bunny” opened with Laura Benanti putting everyone “In the Mood” with her knockout...
  • 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...
  • Children's Museum out of plan for renovating Grant Park's northeast corner

    Children's Museum out of plan for renovating Grant Park's northeast corner
    Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin reports: In the latest sign that the controversial plan to move the Chicago Children's Museum to Grant Park is crumbling, Chicago Park District officials tonight will unveil revised plans for the section of the park...
  • 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....
  • Celebrate at Pride--but also make a statement

    Celebrate at Pride--but also make a statement
    It's that time of year again. Pride is in the air around the world for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally community now that June has arrived. Parades, festivals, music, parties, shirtless boys, dykes on bikes, and more rainbows than you can...
  • Rahm Emanuel takes over as Da Mare of Chicago

     
    Rahm Emanuel, Obama's ex-chief of staff, takes control from the Daley family that's run the Windy City for 45 of the last 57 years....
  • No recession for Obama's 454 White House aides: They'll make $37,121,463 this year

     
    Times are good for Democrat Obama's 454 helpers, who are getting paid $4 million more than George W. Bush's smaller staff....