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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 starts replacing lights that have shrouded city in orange glow

    Chicago starts replacing lights that have shrouded city in orange glow
    Almost four decades after the orange glow first took over Chicago’s night skies, the city’s Transportation Department is taking steps toward converting streetlights back to a more natural -- and less light-polluting -- hue. New ceramic metal-...
  • 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...
  • City dedicates library to former Mayor Daley

    City dedicates library to former Mayor Daley
    Chicago officials on Thursday continued the time-honored tradition of imprinting the city’s public buildings with the names of former leaders, dedicating the Richard M. Daley public library in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. It could be the...
  • Top off summer style with classic hat

    Top off summer style with classic hat
    Think about it, fellas. How many times are you stopped on the street by a complete stranger who tells you you're looking great. Never, you say? Put on a distinctive hat this summer and I guarantee you'll acquire an instant fashion fan club. "Wow, cool!...
  • 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....
  • A truly foul, nasty river ran through it

    A truly foul, nasty river  ran through it
    Cleaning up the Chicago River, a waterway engineered to flow backward and lined with dozens of sewage pipes, has always been a tough fight. At the turn of the last century, officials reversed the river and started sending Chicago's waste toward the...
  • City building commission overstated money to minority firms by 40 percent

    A city agency that oversees hundreds of millions of dollars of construction projects “grossly overstated” the amount paid out to certified minority contractors in 2009, according to a report issued today by the city’s top internal...
  • AT PEACE, AT LAST: AFTER 11 YEARS AND AN EMOTIONAL PARADE, VIETNAM VETS FINALLY FEEL WELCOME

    AT PEACE, AT LAST: AFTER 11 YEARS AND AN EMOTIONAL PARADE, VIETNAM VETS FINALLY FEEL WELCOME
    This story by William Mullen orginally ran in the Aug. 17, 1986, Tribune Sunday Magazine.    At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13, three men left the entrance to Navy Pier and began moving west along Grand Avenue. The three were old soldiers, the point men...
  • Mayor takes the stand

    Little more than a week after raising his right hand to be sworn in as Chicago's new mayor, Rahm Emanuel assumed the position again Wednesday -- this time to testify for the defense in the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich . Emanuel spent...
  • In inauguration, Emanuel steers away from Daley and sets own course

    In inauguration, Emanuel steers away from Daley and sets own course
    Rahm Emanuel took control of City Hall on Monday, calling for change and challenging Chicagoans to share in the work — and the pain — that lies ahead. On a crisp morning in picturesque Millennium Park, a landmark achievement of Richard M....
  • 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....