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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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  • Redmoon harvest: A Harvard fellowship is letting a local theater artist take five

    Redmoon harvest: A Harvard fellowship is letting a local theater artist take five
    As you read this, Jim Lasko and his family, which includes his wife, two children and a dog named Beckett, are in a car heading east. Or they might have already arrived and are now unpacking boxes of clothes and all the other things that will fill their...
  • Grand jury looking into death involving Daley nephew

    Grand jury looking into death involving Daley nephew
    The special prosecutor appointed to investigate the 2004 death of a man during a drunken confrontation with a nephew of then-Mayor Richard Daley’s said today he has convened a grand jury but offered no timetable for when the investigation will be...
  • City settles Burge torture case, avoids Daley deposition

    City settles Burge torture case, avoids Daley deposition
    Aldermen today recommended paying more than $7 million to two men who say they were tortured by former Police Cmdr. John Burge, a move that means former Mayor Richard Daley will not be deposed about what he may have known about one of the cases....
  • Quinn pushes for assault weapons ban

    Quinn pushes for assault weapons ban
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn is renewing a push in Illinois to ban assault weapons in the wake of the killings at a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and dozens more wounded. The Democratic governor also revealed plans today to propose a ban on...
  • Book: Blagojevich said he believed Rezko channeled $25,000 to Obama

    Book: Blagojevich said he believed Rezko channeled $25,000 to Obama
    An upcoming book about Rod Blagojevich says undercover recordings caught the former governor saying he had heard that convicted influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko secretly channeled $25,000 in cash to Barack Obama, but federal authorities did not...
  • Woman killed by bus remembered as 'go-getter'

    Woman killed by bus remembered as 'go-getter'
    Donna Halstead rubbed shoulders with some of the most powerful people in the state, worked for the first female Supreme Court chief justice in Illinois and joked around with homeless men who hung around her West Loop apartment. Halstead, 76, was killed...
  • Emanuel: Meigs gone, Northerly Island park is 'right thing to do'

    Emanuel: Meigs gone, Northerly Island park is 'right thing to do'
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday endorsed predecessor Richard Daley’s infamous late night bulldozing of the runway at Meigs Field on the grounds the destruction of the airport opened Northerly Island to use by many more Chicagoans. The new mayor...
  • Concealed carry amendatory veto likely, Lisa Madigan says

     Concealed carry amendatory veto likely, Lisa Madigan says
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Thursday that she expects Gov. Pat Quinn to rewrite a compromise measure to legalize the concealed carrying of firearms in public. Madigan, speaking at a luncheon discussion hosted by the pro-Democratic women'...
  • Literary Saloon: Salutes to 'Dad' and Chicago

    Literary Saloon: Salutes to 'Dad' and Chicago
    Pat Byrnes, who may or may not wind up as a stay-at-home dad in Springfield, is currently balancing the care-taking duties for his two lovely young daughters with the promotional chores surrounding the publication of his insightful, funny and charming...
  • 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...