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Richard M. Daley

One of the most powerful and influential of America's big-city mayors, Richard M. Daley served six terms as Chicago's mayor. First elected in 1989, Daley was the longest-serving mayor in Chicago history, eclipsing the record set by his father, mentor and role model, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Richard M. Daley chose not to run for re-election in the 2011 campaign.

A former state legislator and Cook County state's attorney, Daley built a multiethnic, multiracial coalition that kept him in power, even as the strength and influence of the once legendary county Democratic machine waned. Daley worked to revamp and improve the city's public school system, overhauled public housing an...
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One of the most powerful and influential of America's big-city mayors, Richard M. Daley served six terms as Chicago's mayor. First elected in 1989, Daley was the longest-serving mayor in Chicago history, eclipsing the record set by his father, mentor and role model, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Richard M. Daley chose not to run for re-election in the 2011 campaign.

A former state legislator and Cook County state's attorney, Daley built a multiethnic, multiracial coalition that kept him in power, even as the strength and influence of the once legendary county Democratic machine waned. Daley worked to revamp and improve the city's public school system, overhauled public housing and invested heavily in the city's infrastructure in projects ranging from Millennium Park to the expansion of O'Hare International Airport. He also launched a beautification effort that included wrought-iron fencing on public properties and installation of planters, trees and landscaping citywide. Daley's time at the helm also was marked by federal investigations that uncovered contracting irregularities and what prosecutors called "massive fraud" in hiring and promotions designed to reward political loyalists. A top aide was sentenced to prison in the personnel scheme.
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  • 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....
  • Barack Obama: 'Let the games begin'

     
    by John McCormick and Monique Garcia In a surprise appearance at a downtown rally celebrating Chicago's selection as a finalist for the 2016 Olympics, Sen. Barack Obama noted how close his home is to the proposed site for the games....

    In politics, Chicago takes center stage

     
    Sen. Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Friday, June 6, 2008, during an unscheduled stop at the Chicago 2016 Olympic Rally in Chicago at Daley Plaza.(Chicago Tribune photo by Heather Stone) by Amanda Erickson Chicago's taking a...

    Clinton, Doyle: reading tea leaves

     
    by Christi Parsons A year ago, Hillary Clinton said she couldn't imagine running for office without Chicago's Patti Solis Doyle at her side. A lot has transpired between the two friends since then -- including a failed presidential campaign in...

    Obama: We need City Hall, not McCain

     
    by John McCormick, updated with McCain response Sen. Barack Obama told a conference of mayors Saturday in Miami that he knows he will need to listen to them if he makes it to the White House, otherwise the snow in...