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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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  • Bail denied for Beavers pending appeal

    Bail denied for Beavers pending appeal
    Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers will have to report to prison next week after a federal judge denied his bid Tuesday to remain free while appealing his tax conviction. Attorneys for Beavers argued that he deserved to remain free on...
  • What to expect now that we're expecting gay marriage

     
    Wednesday's print column So tell Uncle Chester: Don't worry, gay people don't want to marry you. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign into law a bill that will legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois starting next June. Chicago's......
  • Ex-alderman Medrano convicted on third corruption charge

    Ex-alderman Medrano convicted on third corruption charge
    Former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was convicted of corruption Tuesday for a third time and could face more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty in a 2010 bribery scheme to influence a bandage contract at Stroger Hospital. Medrano, 59,...
  • Other things the City of Chicago has done very well

    Other things the City of Chicago has done very well
    Sweet home, Chicago. Where the politicians are ethical, taxes make sense and practically all decisions are made for the good of its citizens. Nothing could remind us of this more than the innovative and completely-unique idea to upgrade the CTA's fare...
  • 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...
  • Roger Ebert: Quintessential Chicagoan

    Roger Ebert: Quintessential Chicagoan
    When Anthony Bourdain was in town last summer taping a Chicago-themed episode of his Travel Channel show “The Layover,” he asked various people, including me, to name the quintessential Chicagoan, and a consensus quickly emerged. The...
  • 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...
  • Former Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin dies at 84

    Former Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin dies at 84
    When he took the helm of the Chicago Police Department in the 1980s, LeRoy Martin made it his mission to tackle the city's growing problems with gangs and drugs. Colleagues said Mr. Martin handled the gang violence surge with rugged determination,...
  • GOP gubernatorial candidates jockey for position

    GOP gubernatorial candidates jockey for position
    Ask any of the four Republican governor candidates why they're running, and they'll quickly tick off a list of Illinois' perceived ills under Gov. Pat Quinn and the state's Democratic legislative leadership. Dig a bit deeper and they'll each cite the...
  • Emanuel says no Midway lease in foreseeable future

    Emanuel says no Midway lease in foreseeable future
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel left himself some wiggle room on trying again to privatize Midway Airport to raise money, saying today he was giving up the idea for "the foreseeable future" after recently halting the process of accepting bids to lease it. "I think...
  • Emanuel chief of staff to leave next month

    Emanuel chief of staff to leave next month
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s chief of staff is calling it quits in a couple of weeks and his chief operating officer will step up, the mayor told his senior staff on Thursday. Theresa Mintle, a distant cousin of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, is resigning...
  • Chicago aldermen approve Emanuel's parking meter changes

    Chicago aldermen approve Emanuel's parking meter changes
    The Chicago City Council today approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to change the terms of the city’s parking meter lease despite questions about the deal’s financial impact and fear of giving Chicago Parking Meters LLC...