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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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  • CPS commissioned, then abandoned anti-truancy plan

    CPS commissioned, then abandoned anti-truancy plan
    Chicago school officials two years ago knew the depth of the city's crisis in K-8 grade truancy and absenteeism, and even developed a detailed plan to tackle the problem in the most affected communities. But only fragments of that plan were ever...
  • Chicago parking meter rates to rise again in 2013

    Chicago parking meter rates to rise again in 2013
    In an annual ritual that has become as predictable if not as joyous as a New Year’s Eve countdown to midnight, Chicago drivers again will have to dig a little deeper to pay to park at meters in 2013. Loop rates will go up 75 cents to $6.50 an...
  • Adela Cepeda carved her own path to success

    Adela Cepeda carved her own path to success
    Adela Cepeda stepped adroitly along her path to become one of the city's most prominent Latina businesswomen. But she walked it on her own, rather than as part of the power couple she and her husband were once well on their way to becoming. Cepeda, an...
  • Judge in Daley nephew trial once worked for Daley

    Judge in Daley nephew trial once worked for Daley
    A judge was chosen for the manslaughter trial of Richard Daley's nephew; but he may be replaced before the trial even gets started.  Richard Vanecko pleaded "not guilty" Monday in connection with a street brawl that killed David Koschman. The fight...
  • Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban

    Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban
    The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place. In a 2-1 decision that is a major...
  • Bear for all seasons

    Bear for all seasons
    In August 2001, Dick Butkus was approached with a deal. If he would record a radio advertisement, he would be given an EBCT heart scan. The scan normally would have cost about $15,000 and insurance didn't cover it. "What the hell," Butkus said. "I hadn'...
  • In all seriousness, please go fly a kite

    In all seriousness, please go fly a kite
    There was the day, four years ago, when the great jazz singer Kurt Elling and I, two people not light on self-confidence, decided that we would teach our 4-year-old daughters to fly kites. So, we bought a couple of plastic, diamond-shaped kites at a toy...
  • Inspector general blasts red light ticket program

    Inspector general blasts red light ticket program
    City Hall cannot back up claims that its controversial red-light camera program is designed to make intersections safer, according to a watchdog's report released Tuesday. Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said the city cannot provide documents to prove...
  • Nearly half polled favor Emanuel's shortened Taste

    Nearly half polled favor Emanuel's shortened Taste
    Chicago mayors have been scaling back the Taste of Chicago and the hoopla surrounding it for years. That downsizing is playing well among white voters but proving unpopular among African-Americans and Latinos, according to a Tribune/WGN-TV poll. The...
  • Norma Reyes, who served in Daley's Cabinet, dies at 56

    Norma Reyes, who served in Daley's Cabinet, dies at 56
    Norma Reyes, who served as Chicago's deputy chief of staff and commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection, died Monday. She was 56. Reyes worked as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney for nine years before becoming chief...
  • Divorce court weds power and privacy

    Divorce court weds power and privacy
    J.F.'s marriage was crumbling in 2010, but he didn't want that public. J.F. is a well-known Chicago politician, and when he and his wife ended up in divorce court, he asked that their names be kept secret to avoid a “media frenzy.” Despite...
  • Drivers to pay longer under parking meter settlement

    Drivers to pay longer under parking meter settlement
    Drivers would have to feed most Chicago parking meters for more hours every day except Sunday under a plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced as part of a deal to settle a long-running dispute with the private firm that holds the controversial 75-year meter...