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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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  • Chicago police union defends request for 12 percent raises over two years

    Chicago police union defends request for 12 percent raises over two years
    City Hall has enough money to give Chicago police officers 12 percent raises over two years and still hire more cops to bolster the size of the force, the head of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police said Thursday in defending the union’s...
  • Now with a huge cast, 'Hellcab' still an iconic trip through Chicago

    Now with a huge cast, 'Hellcab' still an iconic trip through Chicago
    "Hellcab," playwright Will Kern's black comedy about a hellish winter day in the life of a cipherlike Chicago cabby, is not, let us stipulate upfront, the aesthetic equal of "American Buffalo," "A Raisin in the Sun" or "The Front Page." But when you're...
  • A preview of the top Chicago parties in 2013

    A preview of the top Chicago parties in 2013
    The best parties in Chicago don’t all take place in the summer — just most of them. But if you’re getting early stages of cabin fever and don’t feel like you can spend another weekend in your sweatpants, there is the...
  • Remembrance versus O'Hare runways in 'Over My Dead Body'

    Remembrance versus O'Hare runways in 'Over My Dead Body'
    "Over My Dead Body" The Waltzing Mechanics made their local bow with "El Stories," a series based on true-life transit tales. But their latest foray into documentary theater takes them to a final destination that fell victim to a different form of...
  • Emanuel halts Midway privatization bidding

    Emanuel halts Midway privatization bidding
    After picking two finalists for a lucrative lease of Midway Airport, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration Thursday abruptly halted its efforts to take the transportation hub private. Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said one group vying for the deal...
  • Chicago energy drink ban: Much buzz, no action

    Chicago energy drink ban: Much buzz, no action
    The perceived dangers to children posed by often-sugary, much-caffeinated energy drinks resulted in much talk but no action Tuesday during a City Council committee hearing. Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, has proposed banning drinks with at least 180 milligrams...
  • Emanuel defends Whittier demolition

    Emanuel defends Whittier demolition
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended the unexpected weekend demolition of the Whittier Elementary School field house, saying the building was unsafe and the playground and sports fields slated to replace it will be better for kids in the Pilsen...
  • City budget hole next year pegged at $339 million

    City budget hole next year pegged at $339 million
    The day of financial reckoning for Chicago is not far off, with the city budget shortfall expected to near a record $1 billion in 2015 if major changes are not made to the government worker pension systems, city officials said Wednesday. That stark...
  • Emanuel's budget passes City Council 46-3

    Emanuel's budget passes City Council 46-3
    The Chicago City Council today easily approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $6.5 billion budget for next year.As aldermen met, the only debate was over the mayor’s expected margin of victory. Last year, the City Council voted 50-0 to approve Emanuel's...
  • Eric Garcetti for mayor

    Eric Garcetti for mayor
    Los Angeles is an underachieving city led in recent decades by a succession of underachieving mayors — people who came in with big dreams or big talk but soon got bored with the day-to-day task of steering a municipality. Voters don't get to conduct...
  • 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...
  • Reservations

     
    UPDATE: From Thursday's editorial: Last year, CPS officials drained the district's reserves to what they said was zero and warned of a budget bomb that would go off, well, right about now. On Wednesday, CPS officials released their fiscal 2014......