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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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  • 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......
  • Will Obama call in a Daley to try to salvage the next two years?

     
    William Daley, son of former Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of current Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, to the rescue....
  • Day One of Obama 2.0: the William Daley era

     
    More evidence Democrat Obama is siddling toward the middle-of-the-road for 2012....
  • 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....
  • Hey good lookin'!

    We sure don't like our wrinkles! After the on anti-aging goos, readers want to join the conversation. Thanks for your suggestions on other things to try (or reject). In the interest of all of us who want to remain young, here you go: Anna Gunter Kaplan,...
  • NO APOLOGIES, NO REGRETS

    Jane Byrne, the Mt. St. Helens of City Hall, is spouting off-again-on every topic imaginable, from politics to pantyhose. The tiny, blond dynamo always has an opinion. It might not be the same as yesterday's opinion, but . . . THAT'S THE GIST of the...
  • The Beatles invade Chicago

    The Beatles invade Chicago
    When you dive into the Tribune's coverage of the Beatles in 1964, you find fear. Fear about the hair, the strange music and the screaming. The hair was an affront; the mop-topped four sported a sheep-dog look that was ridiculed mercilessly. Bob Hope...
  • Everybody's Irish

    St. Patrick's Day is a major event on any serious beer drinker's calendar, so we understand if you're not going to settle for a green brew at the corner bar. But there's no need to trek across the city for a proper pint. Odds are, there's an Irish pub...
  • Gingrich points to 'radical' Alinsky in criticizing Obama

    Gingrich points to 'radical' Alinsky in criticizing Obama
    Nearly 40 years after his death, Saul Alinsky's name is back in the news, peppered throughout presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's speeches. A native Chicagoan, Alinsky was "the father of community organizing," said Sanford D. Horwitt, author of "Let...
  • Daley the baseball fan

    On a spring day in 2004 in his City Hall office, Richard M. Daley was shown a photo taken in 1955. It featured newly elected Mayor Richard J. Daley at Comiskey Park, standing with his sons, Richard, William, Michael and John, and chatting with Sox manager...