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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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  • Daley staying in intensive care

    Daley staying in intensive care
    Former mayor Richard M. Daley will stay at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit at least through mid-week to undergo further testing after he fell ill Friday while on a business trip to Scottsdale, Ariz. Daley, 71, is alert and...
  • Special prosecutor: Daley, family did not try to influence Koschman case

    Special prosecutor: Daley, family did not try to influence Koschman case
    Over the course of a 17-month investigation, after nearly 150 interviews and a review of more than 300,000 pages of records, special prosecutor Dan Webb found no evidence that former Mayor Richard Daley exerted political pressure to shield one of his...
  • Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley leaves hospital after a week

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley returned home Saturday after a one-week hospitalization in an intensive care unit because of an unspecified illness, his law firm said. Feeling ill, the 71-year-old Daley walked straight from a plane into an...
  • Lacey the Lab goes for gold at Westminster agility competition

    Lacey the Lab goes for gold at Westminster agility competition
    NEW YORK -- As the National Anthem played at the start of the Westminster Kennel Club’s agility championship, people weren’t the only ones standing at attention. Lacey, a Labrador retriever, sat up on her hind legs, occasionally holding...
  • The Koschman report, excerpts in text format

     
    The Death of David Koschman - Report of the Special Prosecutor In pdf format. Below are significant excerpts in text format. My once-over reading suggests that that the misconduct here had much more to do with police trying to cover......
  • Dropping the ball, not hiding it

     
    Start of Koschman investigation looks more like a bungle than a conspiracy Friday's print column What did members of the Richard M. Daley administration know about the 2004 fatal attack on David Koschman, and when did they know it? A......
  • Mixed breeds (a.k.a. mutts) take the field at Westminster dog show

    Mixed breeds (a.k.a. mutts) take the field at Westminster dog show
    NEW YORK -- Every dog has its day. Will this be the day a mutt goes home with the big prize?  For the first time since 1884, the breed known in polite company as an All-American (a.k.a. mutt) was mingling with the purebreds at a Westminster Kennel...
  • Mayor seeks to borrow up to $900 million more

    Mayor seeks to borrow  up to $900 million more
    In a move that will add to the city's mountain of debt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won support Monday from the City Council's Finance Committee to issue up to $900 million in bonds backed by property taxes. It's the largest request put forth during Emanuel's...
  • 10 things you might not know about bicycles

    10 things you might not know about bicycles
    By most accounts, the Divvy bike-sharing program has had a strong start, but it's likely to face a major test as it goes through its first Chicago winter. The Italian pro cycling team Lampre-Merida has its own share of troubles after more than 100 bikes...
  • Kenny G, former Chicago mayor to headline at Pawlowski guv fundraisers

     
    It’s that time of year, folks. No, not Christmas. It’s Ed Pawlowski fundraising season. With the days until the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering this weekend winding down, Allentown’s mayor and gubernatorial candidate is preparing...
  • Draftsman pleads guilty to threatening police after cougar killed

    Draftsman pleads guilty to threatening police after cougar killed
    On the surface, Richard Hyerczyk doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d threaten to kill cops and burn the mayor’s house down. A draftsman for a suburban machinery company, Hyerczyk is also an avid naturalist with a master’s...
  • John Kass: Mayoral tan? Bali Hai Mayor Rahmfather

    Nice tan, Mr. Mayor! You came back from steamy and tropical Indonesia to a city frozen in ice and snow, where the side streets and alleys hadn't been plowed and where schoolkids were almost sent into the worst of the cold. But Rahm Emanuel wasn't...