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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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  • Riots follow killing of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Riots follow killing of Martin Luther King Jr.
    Before darkness fell on this day, a Friday, the plumes of smoke from the West Side already were visible to Loop office workers. In Chicago and across the nation, rioting was breaking out in response to the news that Martin Luther King Jr. had been...
  • The 1968 Democratic National Convention

    The 1968 Democratic National Convention
    Across the country and in Chicago, tensions were already high by the time delegates to the Democratic National Convention arrived for the opening session on this date. The destruction of the King riots on the West and South Sides in April was still a...
  • 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...
  • Everybody's Irish

    St. Patrick's Day is a major event on any serious beer drinker's calendar, so we understand if you're not going to settle for a green brew at the corner bar. But there's no need to trek across the city for a proper pint. Odds are, there's an Irish pub...
  • 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....
  • 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...
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