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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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  • 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...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress, acknowledges federal probe

    Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress, acknowledges federal probe
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the ambitious political heir to a powerful Chicago family whose once promising future collapsed amid federal ethics investigations and a diagnosis of mental illness, resigned Wednesday from the South Side congressional seat he held...
  • 10 years after Daley's Meigs Field raid, the makeover of Northerly Island is slow to take shape

    10 years after Daley's Meigs Field raid, the makeover of Northerly Island is slow to take shape
    Ten years ago as Mayor Richard M. Daley worked through political channels to accelerate federal approval to build new runways at the airport his father had dearly called "O'Hara," the mayor also issued an infamous order to destroy Chicago's little...
  • What if Chicago had hit gold with 2016 bid?

    What if Chicago had hit gold with 2016 bid?
    LONDON — What if, on Oct. 2, 2009, in Denmark, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge had said: "Tonight I have the honor to announce that the Games of the 31st Olympiad are awarded to the city of ... Chicago."? In the nearly three...
  • Weeks in review

     
    A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Connected to Chicago(.mp3) WLS-AM 890. Host Bill Cameron with Dan Mihalopoulos of the Chicago Sun-Times and 89 WLS...
  • Daley nephew appears in court in Koschman death, pleads: Not Guilty

    Daley nephew appears in court in Koschman death, pleads: Not Guilty
    Richard Vanecko, the nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley, pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2004 death of David Koschman. The case was randomly assigned today to Judge Arthur Hill, a former...
  • ‘Presto Joe’ makes more than just a school-reform idea vanish

     
    With one metaphorical, magical swing of his gavel, Ald. Joe Moore, 49th, recently turned 96 hours into 48 hours and — zim zalla bim! — made a potential embarrassment for Mayor Rahm Emanuel disappear. Here’s the play-by-play: Several...
  • 10 things you might not know about razed Chicago

    10 things you might not know about razed Chicago
    Ever since the Great Fire of 1871, a cycle of destruction and rebuilding has been central to the Chicago story. This month, Northwestern University secured a permit to tear down Prentice Hospital so that it can build a biomedical research facility. Also...
  • A busy day on Elite Street

     
    Lots to report on the rich-and-famous real-estate beat for our man Robert Goldsborough: Daley sells Central Station town home to daughter Former Mayor Richard M. Daley has sold his longtime, four-level, 3,040-square-foot town home in the South Loop for...
  • Voters: It’s time to say ‘when’ to the insiders

     
    For those in Cook County who care about the state of our politics — and I’ll offer evidence in a moment to demonstrate how depressingly small your number is — here’s a helpful slogan to remember as you prepare to......
  • What if R.J. Vanecko isn't guilty?

     
    I can't fault any of the news coverage I've read and seen about the indictment of R.J. Vanecko for involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman -- the Sun-Times, which has driven this story and played a key......
  • Outside judge could clear dirty air surrounding Vanecko case

     Outside judge could clear dirty air surrounding Vanecko case
    Chicago is such a political town that it's only natural that public cynicism is growing over whether a Cook County judge should preside over the highly political manslaughter case against R.J. Vanecko. Vanecko, 38, is the grandson of one Democratic...