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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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  • No charges against Chicago police, prosecutors in Koschman case say

     No charges against Chicago police, prosecutors in Koschman case say
    The special prosecutor who brought involuntary manslaughter charges against former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew after a Rush Street confrontation led to the death of David Koschman concluded Thursday that he will not bring charges against the Chicago...
  • 11 digital billboards going up along expressways

    11 digital billboards going up along expressways
    Chicago motorists and some residents looking out their front windows soon can expect to see the towering digital billboards favored by Mayor Rahm Emanuel going up on city-owned property near area expressways. The Illinois Department of Transportation...
  • Pension debate at 1970 Constitutional Convention echoes in today's crisis

     Pension debate at 1970 Constitutional Convention echoes in today's crisis
    Illinois' crushing public pension crisis has been literally decades in the making, but the present stalemate in Springfield over how to resolve it can be traced in great measure to a single point in time: July 21, 1970. Richard Nixon was president,...
  • City Treasurer Neely says she's talked to Quinn about Lt. Gov. spot

    City Treasurer Neely says she's talked to Quinn about Lt. Gov. spot
    City Treasurer Stephanie Neely is one of several potential running mates under consideration by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. On Tuesday, Neely confirmed she's spoken with the governor about the ballot spot that opened up when Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon opted...
  • Embattled UNO chief Juan Rangel steps down

    Embattled UNO chief Juan Rangel steps down
    When United Neighborhood Organization CEO Juan Rangel held a school opening ceremony or Latino leadership forum, he could count on some of Illinois’ most powerful politicians to show and often provide substantial financial backing. That kind of...
  • Snowfall takes bite out of city budget

     Snowfall takes bite out of city budget
    The snow sandwich that has forced Chicagoans to lean into their shovel handles and idle in slushy traffic jams with annoying frequency in recent weeks also has dug into the city’s winter street plowing budget. Snow removal in November and December...
  • Convicted ex-Streets and Sanitation boss thrown off ballot

    Convicted ex-Streets and Sanitation boss thrown off ballot
    Convicted ex-Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Alfred “Al” Sanchez’s political comeback hit a major roadblock Thursday: an elections board kicked him off the Cook County ballot because he’s not done with his parole. State law...
  • Chicago casino more economically viable for Michael Reese site than Obama library, hotels

    Chicago casino more economically viable for Michael Reese site than Obama library, hotels
    A Chicago casino anchoring a redevelopment that includes the former Michael Reese Hospital site would be more economically viable for the city than a Barack Obama presidential library or a cluster of convention hotels, according to a study Mayor Rahm...
  • Chicago won't fight ruling allowing gun sales

    Chicago won't fight ruling allowing gun sales
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel all but acknowledged that people will be able to legally buy guns in Chicago later this year, announcing Thursday that he has chosen not to fight a federal court ruling that struck down the city's gun shop ban. Instead, City Hall will...
  • Back from Indonesia, Emanuel talks weather response

    Back from Indonesia, Emanuel talks weather response
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped off the plane Monday morning from a family vacation in Indonesia into a city blanketed in a winter freeze and quickly addressed the optics of his absence from Chicago in the run-up to some of the nastiest weather the area has...
  • More Burge torture settlements: $12.3 million

    More Burge torture settlements: $12.3 million
    Marvin Reeves has struggled to escape the long shadow of notorious former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge since being released after 21 years in prison and being declared innocent in the homicides of two mothers and their three children. Not even...
  • Judge refuses to dismiss case against Daley nephew

    Judge refuses to dismiss case against Daley nephew
    A judge this afternoon turned down motions to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter case against a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and postponed a ruling on whether Chicago Sun-Times reporters will have to turn over notes from interviews on the...