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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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  • Indicted former lawmaker on way to winning state House race

    Indicted former lawmaker on way to winning state House race
    Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges. Smith declared...
  • Alvarez coasting to second term as Cook County state's attorney

    Alvarez coasting to second term as Cook County state's attorney
    A trio of Democratic women was poised to capture the top Cook County posts on Tuesday's ballot, while a grandson of late Mayor Richard J. Daley was headed to victory in his first run for public office. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, 52, a career...
  • The next election already: Bill Daley serious about running for governor

    The next election already: Bill Daley serious about running for governor
    Illinois Gov. William Daley. Get used to it. Because he wants it. And he's reaching for it. "I've thought about it before and I don't take it off the table," Daley told me in an interview on WLS-AM 890 on Wednesday as he sat for an hour talking...
  • Madigan's son's employer rakes in suburbs' insurance business

    Madigan's son's employer rakes in suburbs' insurance business
    The son of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forging a successful insurance career in the Chicago suburbs with the help of mayors who look to his powerful father to advance their political and legislative agendas. Andrew Madigan, 26, joined the...
  • Annoyingly talented

    Annoyingly talented
    You know what's annoying? Experimental short stories. You know what else is annoying? Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half- way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...
  • Emanuel turns over homeless services to Catholic Charities

    Emanuel turns over homeless services to Catholic Charities
    Catholic Charities is taking over as the agency giving people late night rides to shelters as part of Chicago's latest plan to fight homelessness. The city will use an expected $1.7 million in annual savings from turning over the overnight services to...
  • Anti-Obama ad flap deals blow to Wrigley Field rehab plan

    Anti-Obama ad flap deals blow to Wrigley Field rehab plan
    The long-shot prospect of taxpayer help to renovate Wrigley Field grew more remote Thursday, upended by revelations that the patriarch of the Chicago Cubs' ownership team had been offered a plan for using a super PAC to run racially tinged attack ads that...
  • Is that a doctored photo in the Chicago Tribune? Why yes, yes it is. Here's why (and when).

    Is that a doctored photo in the Chicago Tribune? Why yes, yes it is. Here's why (and when).
    Back on May 15 (which was the lateMayorRichard J. Daley's birthday), a reader looking at our historical almanac noticed editorial monkeying in a 1955 photo of Richard J. andRichard M. Daleythat modern eyes couldn't believe had made it into the newspaper....
  • Fitzgerald: 10 years of major cases

    Public corruption ROD BLAGOJEVICH: The first impeachment of a governor in Illinois history occurred in 2009 after Blagojevich was charged with attempting to sell the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. At Blagojevich's first trial, he was...
  • Emanuel won't pony up for Chicago's $50 million parking meter tab

    Emanuel won't pony up for Chicago's $50 million parking meter tab
    There is a multi-million dollar standoff between Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Parking Meters LLC. CPM says the city owes it $22 million.  The company says that amount covers a year's worth of free parking for vehicles that use disabled placards or license...
  • Emanuel talks tough on big parking meter bill

    Emanuel talks tough on big parking meter bill
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel stuck with the tough talk on Chicago’s parking meter deal today, pledging to fight a new bill for $22 million the meter leasing company recently sent the city for lost revenue. Emanuel has positioned himself as a staunch opponent...
  • Cook County looks at naming rights to raise money

    Cook County looks at naming rights to raise money
    Cash-strapped Cook County government and the more financially sound Forest Preserve District are looking to bring in corporate cash by selling naming rights, sponsorships and concessions. All of those, plus more mundane ideas such as advertising on...