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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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  • 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....
  • Honoring Maggie -- new school a better tribute than an old building

     
    It would not be fitting to rename the Chicago Cultural Center for Maggie Daley. Though that seems to be the sentimental choice around town, the late, widely admired wife of former Mayor Richard M. Daley is, at best, third on......
  • Where next to put the Daley name?

     
    Today's column discusses the city's upcoming decision on how best to honor the late Maggie Daley by putting her name on something. But a bigger question looms: What, ultimately, should bear the name of her husband, Richard M. Daley, the......
  • Saul, folks

     
    UPDATED with many new links: Saul Alinsky, really? What small percentage of Americans knows enough about Saul Alinsky to understand Newt Gingrich's continual use of his name to slur President Barack Obama? A list of recent commentaries and relevant...
  • Boundary violation

     
    Protesters crossed the line earlier this week when they marched on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's North Side home. I don't mean the legal line, though the demonstrators, who marched peacefully to express their anger over plans to close seven public......
  • 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......
  • 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-...
  • 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......
  • Theater review: ‘Early and Often’ at Open Fist Theatre

     
    Philip Brandes reviews the political satire "Early and Often" at the Open Fist Theatre....
  • 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...