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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Maggie Daley 1943-2011: Chicago's longtime first lady

    Maggie Daley 1943-2011: Chicago's longtime first lady
    Maggie Daley, who dedicated herself to children's issues and the arts while also zealously guarding her family's privacy during 22 years as Chicago's first lady, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, more than nine years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer....
  • Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley dies at 68; 'She was an inspiration for all of us'

    Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley dies at 68; 'She was an inspiration for all of us'
    Maggie Daley, who dedicated herself to children’s issues and the arts while also zealously guarding her family’s privacy during 22 years as Chicago’s First Lady, died a little after 6 p.m. Thursday, more than nine years after she was...
  • 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...
  • Gingrich points to 'radical' Alinsky in criticizing Obama

    Gingrich points to 'radical' Alinsky in criticizing Obama
    Nearly 40 years after his death, Saul Alinsky's name is back in the news, peppered throughout presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's speeches. A native Chicagoan, Alinsky was "the father of community organizing," said Sanford D. Horwitt, author of "Let...
  • An invitation to join us at Chicago Live! in Pipers Alley

    An invitation to join us at Chicago Live! in Pipers Alley
    I grew up three blocks from Piper’s Alley in Old Town, the new home for Chicago Live!, which begins its eight-week winter season Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. As many of you know, and I was glad to see you in the audience, I previously hosted the...
  • The night McCormick Place burned

    The night McCormick Place burned
    The scope of the disaster was hard to fathom. Tribune reporters and photographers who raced to the scene that bitterly cold January night in 1967 sent word that McCormick Place was ablaze, engulfed in flames, raging — destroyed. Back at Tribune...
  • Top off summer style with classic hat

    Top off summer style with classic hat
    Think about it, fellas. How many times are you stopped on the street by a complete stranger who tells you you're looking great. Never, you say? Put on a distinctive hat this summer and I guarantee you'll acquire an instant fashion fan club. "Wow, cool!...