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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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  • A literary look back

    A literary look back
    Rick Kogan, Tribune reporter "The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood" By Jane Leavy Harper, $27.99 Leavy's "The Last Boy" is as masterfully researched and beautifully written as any biography this year. Sox fans like me may...
  • 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...
  • Image holds strong memories for family of King bodyguard

    Image holds strong memories for family of King bodyguard
    Stephanie Cox-Batson was out for a jog last month when a photograph in an art gallery window stopped her in her tracks. The shot, taken July 6, 1966, showed Martin Luther King Jr. surrounded by tense police bodyguards as he entered Soldier Field to...
  • Ex-Mayor Daley: Power beyond

     
    by Mark Silva Okay, so maybe Chicago has a reputation for doing politics its own way. In this reputation, the after-life comes with full voting rights. But the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley serving as a superdelegate for Sen.......
  • Obama's sealed records: Daley Library

     
    by John Kass Conservative writer Stanley Kurtz -- researching an article for the National Review about connections between Barack Obama and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers -- made a big mistake. The poor man took a wrong turn on......
  • Video: Obama didn't know about Ayers?

     
    One of only a few documented encounters Obama had with ex-radical Bill Ayers was in 1995, when he hosted a dinner at which Hyde Park's outgoing state senator introduced Obama as her chosen successor. Today, on CNN, Obama's chief strategist......
  • Obama from Chicago's political machine?

     
    Mayor Richard J. Daley at Chicago City Hall at June 14, 1973 press conference. Chicago Tribune photo by George Quinn. by Frank James Although the 2008 presidential campaign is over, its talking points apparently aren't, particularly the one about......
  • Michelle Obama's Chicago Olympics pep rally

     
    Text of the First Cheerleader's Copenhagen remarks....
  • Ticket Replay: Protesters from '68 Democratic National Convention gather in Chicago to protest police reunion to celebrate those who thumped protesters 41 years ago and probably wouldn't mind doing it again if those balding hippies get too close

     
    The more things change the more they stay the same after all these years....
  • Political runners-up shouldn’t win

     
    from Sunday's print editions In 1968, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley famously declared that "The policeman isn't there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder." Last year, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said, "I know the truth of........
  • JFK Says 'No Pictures, Please'

     
    July 11, 1960: In the photo above, Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.) tells photographer Joe Kennedy “No pictures, please” while sitting with Vel Phillips on July 10, 1960. The photo was taken during a rally at Shrine Auditorium led by the Rev. Martin...