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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 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...
  • 'Obama: Like a Boss' — bumper sticker for a true Chicagoan

     'Obama: Like a Boss' — bumper sticker for a true Chicagoan
    The Democrats have it all wrong when it comes to one of their choices for a new President Barack Obama bumper sticker: "Like a Boss." The Democrats foolishly think the phrase derives from an old rap song denoting cool competence. "Like a bowse" is how...
  • Ald. Burke says he'll have prostate cancer surgery Thursday

    Ald. Burke says he'll have prostate cancer surgery Thursday
    Longtime Ald. Edward Burke announced today that he will undergo surgery for prostate cancer on Thursday. The 70-year-old Southwest Side alderman addressed his health at an unrelated City Hall news conference. "When I scheduled this, I did not believe...
  • Daley claims 'medical hardship' to keep from testifying

    Daley claims 'medical hardship' to keep from testifying
    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's attorneys say it would be a medical hardship for him to testify in the city's lawsuit against operators of the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park. His lawyers did not explain in their motion filed Wednesday why...
  • Navy Pier at capacity for fireworks hours before show

    Navy Pier at capacity for fireworks hours before show
    Navy Pier filled to capacity more than two hours before the scheduled start of fireworks there, officials said. Anyone who's already on the pier can stay to view the fireworks, but if they leave, they won't be let back on, according to a release from...
  • 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...
  • America's Cup organizers have been eyeing Chicago since winter

    America's Cup organizers have been eyeing Chicago since winter
    Chicago has been under consideration as a host for the 2017 America's Cup regatta, one of the world's premier sporting events, since the winter, said Don Wilson Jr., who is leading Chicago’s host committee. “This winter, we were contacted...
  • Preckwinkle faces the glare: Will you run for mayor?

    Preckwinkle faces the glare: Will you run for mayor?
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle squinted into the bright lights of the TV cameras lined up in front of her Thursday, searching for each reporter who volleyed her variations of the same question: Will you run for mayor? She was at a River...
  • 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...
  • Chicago peddles bike-friendly image

    Chicago peddles bike-friendly image
    For years, these were the faces of biking in Chicago: messengers weaving frantically through downtown traffic, spandex-clad guys racing 21-speeds down the lakefront trail, tattooed 20-somethings zipping coolly along Milwaukee Avenue. It was a small,...
  • Chicago aldermen resist reducing their hiring power

    Chicago aldermen resist reducing their hiring power
    Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to close a loophole that for decades allowed city employees fired for misconduct to get hired at other government agencies, aldermen have refused to go along when it comes to the hundreds of jobs they control,...
  • East Garfield Park woman to challenge Emanuel for mayor

    East Garfield Park woman to challenge Emanuel for mayor
    A 31-year-old municipal consultant from East Garfield Park will officially launch her campaign against Rahm Emanuel for mayor of Chicago next week.k Amara Enyia said she's running to give voice to the frustration in Chicago neighborhoods like hers...