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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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  • 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......
  • Daley says his father was the better mayor

     
    Posted by John Byrne at 3:24 p.m. History will remember Richard J. Daley as Chicago's greatest mayor, his son said today as he approaches the moment he will surpass his father's record of more than 21 years in office. Asked......
  • 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....
  • Daley to meet with United, American on O'Hare expansion

     
    Posted by Hal Dardick at 12:12 p.m. Mayor Richard Daley today said he plans to meet with top officials at United and American Airlines to come to an agreement on the further expansion of O’Hare International Airport. City Hall recently......
  • Daley: Being Chicago mayor 'Greatest job in America'

     
    Posted by Hal Dardick and John Byrne at 12:01 a.m.; last updated at 2:17 p.m. Mayor Richard Daley today told aldermen at his final City Council meeting that he "loved every minute" of his time in office. “This is the......
  • 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....
  • Emanuel's pick for Buildings Department gets City Council thumbs-up

     
    Posted by Hal Dardick at 3:08 p.m. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pick to run the historically troubled Department of Buildings appears headed for easy approval after a key City Council committee signed off today on Michael Merchant’s appointment as the...
  • Mayor Emanuel not chatty about his time on Blagojevich trial witness stand

     
    Posted by Kristen Mack at 12:55 p.m. Mayor Rahm Emanuel today deflected questions about his testimony at the corruption trial of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying it took him longer to get to the Dirksen Federal Building than he was on......
  • 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....