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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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  • Emanuel won't take questions on red light ticket spikes

    Emanuel won't take questions on red light ticket spikes
    Update: the mayor spoke briefly with a Tribune reporter this afternoon. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to be out for a photo opportunity this afternoon at a school, but for the fifth straight day he won't answer questions about a Tribune...
  • Daley lawyers: Keep health details private in Park Grill trial

    Daley lawyers: Keep health details private in Park Grill trial
    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's lawyers have filed a motion arguing they should not have to explain in public why they believe it would be a medical hardship for the former mayor to be forced to testify in the city's lawsuit against the clout-heavy owners...
  • Emanuel super PAC gets nearly $1 million in one day

    Emanuel super PAC gets nearly $1 million in one day
    Some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s biggest campaign donors dropped $950,000 in one day into a new super political action committee created to help back his run for re-election in 2015. Illinois election law caps the amount individuals can contribute to...
  • Millennium Park: 10 years old and a boon for art, commerce and the cityscape

     Millennium Park: 10 years old and a boon for art, commerce and the cityscape
    Millennium Park, which turns 10 Wednesday, is the best thing former Mayor Richard M. Daley ever did. But as this month's titillating trial over a controversial contract for the Park Grill shows, the popular park has never fully detached itself from...
  • Judge: Daley won't have to testify due to health

    Judge: Daley won't have to testify due to health
    Richard M. Daley won't have to take the witness stand in the case over the city's controversial contract with a clout-heavy group of investors to run a Millennium Park restaurant after attorneys for the Park Grill agreed it would be a “medical...
  • Parking meter firm's take from city rises

     Parking meter firm's take from city rises
    City Hall paid $6.5 million during the past year to the company that's leasing Chicago's parking meters — about $500,000 more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration predicted when it renegotiated the deal. Although there was a higher tab to...
  • Emanuel hounded by crime issue

    Emanuel hounded by crime issue
    Violent crime in Chicago has been on the decline for two decades, yet as Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to re-election next year, the scourge of shootings and gang murders still defines the conversation in many neighborhoods across the South and West sides....
  • Park Grill: Daley raised health issue, should disclose details

    Park Grill: Daley raised health issue, should disclose details
    Attorneys for a popular Millennium Park restaurant filed a motion Friday stating their case for making former Mayor Richard M. Daley disclose in open court the medical reasons that his lawyers say should prevent him from testifying in the city’s...
  • Former L.A. Mayor James Hahn lands in traffic court — as judge

    Former L.A. Mayor James Hahn lands in traffic court — as judge
    Peter Horton, the television actor who played Gary on "Thirtysomething," stood at the defendant's table in a Santa Monica courtroom and told the judge why he'd skipped his trial for allegedly failing to stop for a school bus boarding children. "I was...
  • Redflex insider: I testified about secret meeting

    Redflex insider: I testified about secret meeting
    A former employee of the company that launched Chicago's red light cameras testified Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating bribery allegations, and he said he recounted a secret meeting atop the John Hancock Center and even answered...
  • In Chicago, an anybody-but-Rahm drumbeat begins

     In Chicago, an anybody-but-Rahm drumbeat begins
    An anybody-but-Rahm movement is growing in Chicago, making big trouble for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. A new Tribune poll shows his approval rating has dropped like a stone, and now stands at an anemic 35 percent. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen...
  • Emanuel OK with Daley skipping Park Grill testimony

    Emanuel OK with Daley skipping Park Grill testimony
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today that he is OK with former Mayor Richard M. Daley not testifying in the Park Grill trial, but at the same time lobbed some criticism, saying taxpayers were taken advantage of during Daley’s time in office. The current...