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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ashburn thriving on a strong sense of community

    Ashburn thriving on a strong sense of community
    When Greg Lis and his friends were growing up in the 1950s and wanted to play baseball, they'd head over to Cinder Field, a vacant lot in the Southwest Side neighborhood of Ashburn, and choose sides for a pick-up game. Lis, vice president of Americorp...
  • Emotional Daley leads last St. Patrick's parade as mayor

    Emotional Daley leads last St. Patrick's parade as mayor
    For the last time in his 22 years of office, Mayor Richard Daley hoisted an Irish-style walking stick above his head Saturday at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade that his father inaugurated in 1956. It was an emotional experience, for Daley...
  • Part 6: 10 things you might not know about Chicago's south suburbs

    Part 6: 10 things you might not know about Chicago's south suburbs
    Our six-part series on Chicago's neighborhoods and suburbs concludes with a salute to the southland. 1/ Thornton goes way back. An 1840 map of the area shows Chicago, "Napierville" (Naperville), "Juliet" (Joliet) – and Thornton. And the nearby...
  • Richard Daley leaves office as one of Chicago's most ambitious mayors

    Richard Daley leaves office as one of Chicago's most ambitious mayors
    Richard Daley leaves office this month as one of the most ambitious mayors Chicago ever had, a political heir who embraced and transcended his birthright but whose hands-on drive to improve the city he loved did not always match his reach. Chicago's...
  • Daley's decades

    Daley's decades
    "… And as we enter this new season, it's time to leave behind old setbacks, disappointments and battles. Because in the campaign for a better Chicago, we're all allies. Our common opponents are crime and ignorance, waste and fraud, poverty and...
  • Rich and me: How we fell out

    Rich and me: How we fell out
    For two decades you've known Richard M. Daley as mayor and boss of Chicago. As a columnist, I've been his chief critic. But there are a few things you probably don't know about the mayor and me. I used to like him very much. And he knows it. Once he...
  • 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...
  • Class warfare bubbles in Chicago mayor race

    Money matters in politics, but in the race for Chicago mayor, another valued commodity is the ability to claim a connection to working-class neighborhoods of bungalows and grit -- true or otherwise. And so Miguel del Valle, the current Chicago city...
  • Celebrate at Pride--but also make a statement

    Celebrate at Pride--but also make a statement
    It's that time of year again. Pride is in the air around the world for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally community now that June has arrived. Parades, festivals, music, parties, shirtless boys, dykes on bikes, and more rainbows than you can...