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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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  • Hubbard Street plans work about Chagall windows

    Hubbard Street plans work about Chagall windows
    Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will celebrate its 35th anniversary this fall with its first-ever full-length production, an original work by resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, inspired by another local treasure, Marc Chagall's "America Windows." The...
  • On the Chicago set of 'The Playboy Club'

    On the Chicago set of 'The Playboy Club'
    Smoke wafts over the stage as a sexy chanteuse bursts through a curtain of gold streamers and reaches for the microphone to sing "The Lady Is a Tramp." "Wait. Can I try that again?" asks the singer, Laura Benanti, who plays Bunny mother Carol-Lynne in...
  • 'Playboy Club: The Scarlet Bunny' recap: Abe Froman, Laura Benanti & a big ol' gay-gasm

    'Playboy Club: The Scarlet Bunny' recap: Abe Froman, Laura Benanti & a big ol' gay-gasm
    Criticize NBC’s “The Playboy Club” all you want, but Carol-Lynne is one fierce Mother Bunny, er, Bunny Mother. “The Scarlet Bunny” opened with Laura Benanti putting everyone “In the Mood” with her knockout...
  • 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...
  • Chicago Showdown

    Chicago Showdown
    Chicago's decision to grant a permit allowing protestors to march during the NATO summit next month, may go a long way toward keeping the peace. Chicago is ground zero for what could be the biggest demonstration the city has seen in decades with one...
  • Children's Museum out of plan for renovating Grant Park's northeast corner

    Children's Museum out of plan for renovating Grant Park's northeast corner
    Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin reports: In the latest sign that the controversial plan to move the Chicago Children's Museum to Grant Park is crumbling, Chicago Park District officials tonight will unveil revised plans for the section of the park...
  • GOP uses association with Chicago against Obama

    Once there was an aspiring young political strategist who disrupted a Chicago campaign event for a rival party candidate by inviting homeless to it with promises of free food, drink and more. Republicans this election season have been attacking "Chicago-...
  • Walter Cronkite dies at 92; longtime CBS anchorman

    Walter Cronkite dies at 92; longtime CBS anchorman
    Walter Cronkite, the television newsman whose steady baritone informed, reassured and guided the nation during the tumultuous 1960s and '70s and who was still regarded as "the most trusted man in America" years after leaving his CBS anchor chair, has...
  • A MUSEUM'S SECRETS

    A MUSEUM'S SECRETS
    Metal doors are easy to miss when they're sandwiched between a stagecoach and a submarine. But through this doorway at the Museum of Science and Industry -- past "Emergency Exit" and "Authorized Personnel Only" signs -- a museum within this museum...
  • Sears Tower opens

    Sears Tower opens
    Several thousand employees gathered outside the soaring Sears Tower for a topping-out ceremony that would see a 2,500-pound steel girder bearing 12,000 signatures hoisted more than a quarter-mile into the sky. It was now the tallest building in the world....
  • The 1919 race riots

    The 1919 race riots
    They were separated by a line unseen and a law unwritten: The 29th Street beach was for whites, the 25th Street beach for blacks. An invisible boundary stretched from the sand into Lake Michigan, parting the races like Moses' staff parted the Red Sea....