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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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  • City dedicates library to former Mayor Daley

    City dedicates library to former Mayor Daley
    Chicago officials on Thursday continued the time-honored tradition of imprinting the city’s public buildings with the names of former leaders, dedicating the Richard M. Daley public library in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. It could be the...
  • Chicago starts replacing lights that have shrouded city in orange glow

    Chicago starts replacing lights that have shrouded city in orange glow
    Almost four decades after the orange glow first took over Chicago’s night skies, the city’s Transportation Department is taking steps toward converting streetlights back to a more natural -- and less light-polluting -- hue. New ceramic metal-...
  • 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...
  • PASSINGS

    Edward V. Hanrahan Ex-Illinois prosecutor Edward V. Hanrahan, 88, a former Cook County state's attorney in Illinois whose political career was ruined when Chicago police assigned to his office killed two members of the Black Panther Party in 1969,...
  • 'Nothing to Fear' by Adam Cohen

    Nothing to Fear FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America Adam Cohen Penguin Press: 372 pp., $29.95 Adam Cohen's cogent chronicle of the pell-mell opening months of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration couldn't be...
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver dies at 88; Special Olympics founder and sister of JFK

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver dies at 88; Special Olympics founder and sister of JFK
    Women in mid-20th century America were not yet welcome on the grand political stage, but Eunice Kennedy Shriver -- a daughter of uncommon privilege who defined herself as a mother above all -- didn't much care. As the younger sister of President Kennedy...
  • December 2 - Author Jeff Davis

    December 2 - Author Jeff Davis
    Chicago Bears: Yesterday and Today CELEBRATE YESTERDAY AND TODAY'S MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY WITH CHICAGO BEARS: YESTERDAY AND TODAY Chicagoans are passionate about many things, from the food they love to the wildest politics anywhere USA. Most talk and...
  • Congregation to mourn destruction of temple and loss of a hospital

    Congregation to mourn destruction of temple and loss of a hospital
    When the sun sets Saturday, members of the Aitz Hayim congregation in Highland Park will sit shiva on the floor of Marc Slutsky's home to mourn the destruction of a temple and a hospital and lament attempts to destroy their spirit. They will turn to...
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Mother Of California's First Lady, Dies

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Mother Of California's First Lady, Dies
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver, whose advocacy for the mentally disabled helped bring people with special needs into the mainstream of American life, has died. She was 88. Shriver, the sister of President Kennedy and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and the mother of...
  • 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....
  • Richard J. Daley elected

    Richard J. Daley elected
    When Cook County Democratic leaders met in December 1954 to pick a candidate for the 1955 mayoral race, they gave Mayor Martin Kennelly three minutes and 58 seconds to make his case for re-endorsement. Elected in 1947 to bring an air of respectability...