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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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  • 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......
  • From the 'Never Thought I'd See The Day' file

     
    Daley nephew indicted in '04 death of David Koschman A special Cook County grand jury indicted former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of David Koschman in a drunken confrontation on the city’s......
  • 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 file, right click to download) WLS-AM 890. Host Bill Cameron with Greg Hinz of Crain's......
  • Death of Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, stunned the city

     Death of Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, stunned the city
    The death of Chicago's first black mayor was marked by tears of sorrow, words of praise — and down-and-dirty politicking. A few days after Harold Washington had a fatal heart attack in his City Hall office, 25 years ago Nov. 25, a Tribune reporter...
  • 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...
  • Who's who on Metra's board

    One is a labor lawyer. Another heads a company that sells firefighting equipment. One runs a construction company. Of the 11, only five have held elective office. And just one has any railroad experience. They are the board of directors of Metra,...
  • Memo by former Metra CEO alleges proliferation of patronage requests

    Memo by former Metra CEO alleges proliferation of patronage requests
    When Metra CEO Alex Clifford asked about his chances for keeping his job, he received a bruising reply from the rail agency's board chairman, according to a memo that offers a snapshot of political clout as allegedly practiced in Illinois. Clifford...
  • Cook County Board approves $529,000 for patronage case

    Cook County Board approves $529,000 for patronage case
    The Cook County Board today approved a payout of more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people that a federal court monitor determined were fired for unlawful political reasons by Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios after he took office in late 2010....
  • Watchdog alleges ethics breach by Ald. Moore

    Watchdog alleges ethics breach by Ald. Moore
    In a case of only-in-Chicago political timing, the White House announced Monday it would honor Ald. Joe Moore as a “pioneer for political reform,” the same day the veteran City Council member revealed he has spoken to FBI agents about...
  • Chicago and red light vendor: Breaking up is hard to do

    Chicago and red light vendor: Breaking up is hard to do
    Chicago's divorce with Redflex Traffic Systems is getting messy. In his hurry to sever ties with the red-light camera operator amid a burgeoning bribery scandal, Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February set a six-month deadline for Redflex to leave town after a...
  • Details of billboard deal raise questions

    Details of billboard deal raise questions
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's no-bid deal for new expressway billboards guarantees the city far less than half the $700 million the private vendor expects to make and essentially requires Chicago to repay all the upfront cash the mayor touted as a key selling...