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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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  • Nearly half polled favor Emanuel's shortened Taste

    Nearly half polled favor Emanuel's shortened Taste
    Chicago mayors have been scaling back the Taste of Chicago and the hoopla surrounding it for years. That downsizing is playing well among white voters but proving unpopular among African-Americans and Latinos, according to a Tribune/WGN-TV poll. The...
  • Norma Reyes, who served in Daley's Cabinet, dies at 56

    Norma Reyes, who served in Daley's Cabinet, dies at 56
    Norma Reyes, who served as Chicago's deputy chief of staff and commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection, died Monday. She was 56. Reyes worked as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney for nine years before becoming chief...
  • Why won't Emanuel talk about Mayor He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named?

    Why won't Emanuel talk about Mayor He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named?
    One subject that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel never touches involves a legendary political figure: Mayor He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. So when I sat down for an interview with Emanuel last week to mark his two-year anniversary in the job, I asked: Why...
  • Divorce court weds power and privacy

    Divorce court weds power and privacy
    J.F.'s marriage was crumbling in 2010, but he didn't want that public. J.F. is a well-known Chicago politician, and when he and his wife ended up in divorce court, he asked that their names be kept secret to avoid a “media frenzy.” Despite...
  • Drivers to pay longer under parking meter settlement

    Drivers to pay longer under parking meter settlement
    Drivers would have to feed most Chicago parking meters for more hours every day except Sunday under a plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced as part of a deal to settle a long-running dispute with the private firm that holds the controversial 75-year meter...
  • Harris: Digital startup makes move to challenge Facebook

    Harris: Digital startup makes move to challenge Facebook
    The idea behind Cayova, a startup moving its headquarters to Chicago via Dublin, is that the time we spend in the digital world and the information we share about ourselves is a valuable commodity to marketers. So why shouldn't we, as consumers,...
  • Emanuel's trade: recycling carts for soft drink plugs

    Emanuel's trade: recycling carts for soft drink plugs
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday announced his latest partnership with Coca-Cola: The soft drink giant will pay for 50,000 blue recycling carts for Chicago homes and in return gets to put images of Coke products on the lids of the familiar bins. Emanuel tied...
  • Trib Nation responds to one Chicagoan's view of it for an East Coast paper

    Trib Nation responds to one Chicagoan's view of it for an East Coast paper
    Boy, Trib Nation had a few things to say about DePaul Professor Rachel Shteir's Sunday Book Review article on Chicago, drawn from three books written by people from here, and which appeared this week in The New York Times. She reviewed "Golden," by...
  • Let's review: Rachel Shteir and poor Chicago

    Let's review: Rachel Shteir and poor Chicago
    And they said the gentle art of literary criticism was dead, confined to irrelevance. Not this week, gentle reader. Not in Chicago. Not in the heat of L'affaire de Shteir. What book review in the history of Chicago literature — heck, what recent...
  • Deep Tunnel, shallow thinking?

    Deep Tunnel, shallow thinking?
    Heavy rains in April quickly swamped Chicago's underground labyrinth of sewers, forcing a stomach-churning surge of waste and runoff back into basements and flooding neighborhoods across the city. The deluge so overloaded the city's aging infrastructure...
  • Covering Chicago's struggles with the rain starts, ends with history

    Covering Chicago's struggles with the rain starts, ends with history
    For a city built on a swamp, dealing with rainstorms has always been a problem. More than a century ago, Chicago infamously engineered its namesake river to flow backward, away from Lake Michigan. The dredging of canals and construction of locks and...
  • Missing School Board Member Prompts Questions

    Has anyone seen Luis Rodriguez-Davila? Mr. Rodriguez-Davila is a member of the Hartford Board of Education. Published minutes indicate he has not been at a board meeting since Nov. 20. He has not answered calls or emails, and the word on the street is...