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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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  • Former big league catcher Merullo will stress 'fun' in first year as IronBirds manager

    Former big league catcher Merullo will stress 'fun' in first year as IronBirds manager
    At a preseason news conference Thursday at Ripken Stadium, first-year Aberdeen IronBirds manager Matt Merullo said the time will come when fans become frustrated with him. And that's because a time will inevitably come when one of his players on the...
  • Timeline of Schaefer's public life

    Timeline of Schaefer's public life
    Significant dates in William Donald Schaefer's half-century in politics: 1950: Schaefer, a graduate of the University of Baltimore law school, opens downtown practice. Runs unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates from West Baltimore. 1954: Fails again...
  • What Barack Obama whispered in Carla Hayden's ear

    What Barack Obama whispered in Carla Hayden's ear
    The president leaned in, lightly touched Carla Hayden's shoulders and sent a whispered message into her right ear. What exactly did Barack Obama, leader of the free world, say to the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library? A national secret? A sweet...
  • Emanuel's 'Rahmbo' image

    Rahm Emanuel combines political instincts, White House experience and a Chicago tough-guy attitude - traits he's likely to need as President-elect Obama's new chief of staff. His combative style as political director in the early days of the Clinton...
  • Schaefer couldn't leave on his own

    In the end, Maryland Democrats wanted no more of William Donald Schaefer. Whether it was the unseemly behavior that became too much to ignore, or the cumulative effect of years of befriending Republicans, or simply the sense that the 84-year-old Schaefer...
  • Some see cloud over City Hall

    With the raid of Mayor Sheila Dixon's house, the complicated financial investigation that has bubbled through Baltimore news cycles for years officially jumped the local threshold. Political and public relations experts say this whiff of scandal will...
  • 'American Idol' updates

     
    American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino sang at the funeral of Jennifer Hudson's dead family members last week in Chicago. The two competed against each other on the show. Jesse Jackson and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley spoke at the service. American...
  • Dixon's invitation to White House abruptly withdrawn

    Dixon's invitation to White House abruptly withdrawn
    After being invited yesterday to join more than 70 mayors for a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House today, indicted Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was abruptly un-invited hours later, according to her spokesman. "We were really hoping...
  • Council OKs renaming park to honor Jane Byrne

    Council OKs renaming park to honor Jane Byrne
    Renaming the park next to Chicago's historic Water Tower as Jane M. Byrne Plaza in honor of the former mayor was approved today by the City Council.    Aldermen a day earlier set aside other proposed ways to honor Byrne after the former mayor's daughter,...
  • Emanuel won't take questions on red light ticket spikes

    Emanuel won't take questions on red light ticket spikes
    Update: the mayor spoke briefly with a Tribune reporter this afternoon. That story is here. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to be out for a photo opportunity this afternoon at a school, but for the fifth straight day he won't answer questions about a...
  • Judge wants more details on Daley health to determine Park Grill testimony

    Judge wants more details on Daley health to determine Park Grill testimony
    Richard M. Daley's health took center stage Tuesday in the city's lawsuit against the operators of a popular Millennium Park restaurant, with a judge calling on lawyers to provide more proof it would be a medical hardship for the former mayor to be forced...
  • Former L.A. Mayor James Hahn lands in traffic court — as judge

    Former L.A. Mayor James Hahn lands in traffic court — as judge
    Peter Horton, the television actor who played Gary on "Thirtysomething," stood at the defendant's table in a Santa Monica courtroom and told the judge why he'd skipped his trial for allegedly failing to stop for a school bus boarding children. "I was...