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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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  • The Zorn/Thayer papers

     
    My Wednesday print column pulls portions out of the following e-mail dialogue (lightly edited) I had with Andy Thayer, local veteran activist and spokesman for the Coalition Against NATO/G-8 War & Poverty Agenda: To Andy: I’d like to do short......
  • Theater review: ‘Early and Often’ at Open Fist Theatre

     
    Philip Brandes reviews the political satire "Early and Often" at the Open Fist Theatre....
  • 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......
  • 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-...
  • On the Chicago set of 'The Playboy Club'

    On the Chicago set of 'The Playboy Club'
    Smoke wafts over the stage as a sexy chanteuse bursts through a curtain of gold streamers and reaches for the microphone to sing "The Lady Is a Tramp." "Wait. Can I try that again?" asks the singer, Laura Benanti, who plays Bunny mother Carol-Lynne in...
  • Beauties and beasts

    The Loop is a visual feast of world-famous buildings, but it also offers rare cases of aesthetic indigestion. LOVELIEST: 1. Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. -- An unadorned wonder, with thick brick walls that curve inward and upward to suggest an...
  • Was there a Dearborn? A landmarks primer

    Burnham Hotel: Daniel Burnham, a visionary architect and urban planner, was the chief of construction and director of works of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and co-author of the far-sighted 1909 Plan of Chicago. Carson Pirie Scott &...
  • It all starts downtown

    The history of the Loop begins with a mystery. Does the synonym for Chicago's downtown date from 1897, when the elevated train circle was completed? Or did it start a decade and a half earlier? Many historians and present-day guidebooks have asserted...
  • Daley won't run for record seventh election to be mayor

    Daley won't run for record seventh election to be mayor
    Richard M. Daley's 21-year run as mayor will end next spring with the city broadly reshaped by his vision and unprecedented grip on power, but with his image as Chicago's sure-handed leader increasingly challenged. He stepped off the political stage in...
  • WHO WILL WEAR THE MANTLE?

    When Mayor Harold Washington collapsed at his desk and died last November, he left a political and spiritual vacuum in Chicago`s black community that has created the current, informal and furious power struggle among those who would succeed him. This...
  • 10 things you might now know about Chicago mayors not named Daley

    10 things you might now know about Chicago mayors not named Daley
    Richard M. Daley and his father, Richard J. Daley, have so dominated Chicago politics that it's hard to imagine life here without a Daley as mayor. But it's happened before, and it will happen again: 1 Eight of the last nine Chicago mayors were born in...