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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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  • Chicagoan President Obama votes early, but only once

     
    Ah, but how many times will his ballot be counted back home in Cook County?...
  • This will be a record Christmas in the Daley household

     
    Richard J. Daley served as the Mayor of Chicago from April 20 1955 until his death on Dec. 20, 1976. The online duration calculator tells us- It is 7916 days from the start date to the end date, end date......
  • Will Obama call in a Daley to try to salvage the next two years?

     
    William Daley, son of former Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of current Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, to the rescue....
  • Day One of Obama 2.0: the William Daley era

     
    More evidence Democrat Obama is siddling toward the middle-of-the-road for 2012....
  • 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....
  • No recession for Obama's 454 White House aides: They'll make $37,121,463 this year

     
    Times are good for Democrat Obama's 454 helpers, who are getting paid $4 million more than George W. Bush's smaller staff....
  • It all starts downtown

    The history of the Loop begins with a mystery. Does the synonym for Chicago's downtown date from 1897, when the elevated train circle was completed? Or did it start a decade and a half earlier? Many historians and present-day guidebooks have asserted...
  • Was there a Dearborn? A landmarks primer

    Burnham Hotel: Daniel Burnham, a visionary architect and urban planner, was the chief of construction and director of works of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and co-author of the far-sighted 1909 Plan of Chicago. Carson Pirie Scott &...
  • Another day, another exit

    Mayor Richard Daley insisted Tuesday that he had no role in personnel decisions and denied knowledge of any criminal activity, even as a growing hiring scandal led to the departure of another top City Hall manager. John Doerrer, head of the Mayor's...
  • Feds go after City Hall

    Mayor Richard Daley's administration illegally doled out city jobs to reward campaign workers for the mayor and other politicians in a "massive fraud" that spanned City Hall for more than a decade, federal prosecutors alleged Monday. Daley's longtime...
  • In terms of clout, city's 11th Ward towers above rest

    Criminal complaints filed Monday in U.S. District Court against two men with strong ties to the 11th Ward take aim at patronage--the political lifeblood of this Daley-controlled political organization, one of the city's most powerful. Robert Sorich is...