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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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  • 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......
  • 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....
  • Make No Little Plans: Richard M. Daley

    Make No Little Plans: Richard M. Daley
    A name synonymous with Chicago. A lifetime of public service. After more than 2 decades as mayor and nearly 40 years in elected office, Richard M. Daley is retiring from public life. WGN-TV presents "Make No Little Plans: Richard M. Daley" a 30-minute...
  • 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...
  • Daley basks in praise at his last City Council meeting

    Daley basks in praise at his last City Council meeting
    Chicago aldermen spent hours Wednesday offering homages to the departing Mayor Richard Daley, lauding his civic passion, political guts and even his my-way-or-the-highway tendencies. The abundant praise from all but a few City Council members was...
  • 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......
  • Richard M. Daley's 22 years as mayor

    Richard M. Daley's 22 years as mayor
    April 4, 1989: Elected mayor over Timothy Evans with 55.4 percent of the vote. April 24, 1989: Inaugurated as Chicago's 45th mayor, Daley pledges in his inaugural address to justify voters' confidence in his "common sense" style of leadership. He also...
  • 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...