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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 seeks to borrow $900 million

    Emanuel seeks to borrow $900 million
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is making preparations to issue up to $900 million in bonds this year to lower some of its borrowing costs, push other debt off into the future at an overall higher cost, cover legal settlements and pay for...
  • Daley staying in intensive care

    Daley staying in intensive care
    Former mayor Richard M. Daley will stay at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit at least through mid-week to undergo further testing after he fell ill Friday while on a business trip to Scottsdale, Ariz. Daley, 71, is alert and...
  • Band Perry offers to pay funeral costs for Ky. family killed in fire

    A fire that killed all but two members of a Kentucky family brought devastating grief but also overwhelming generosity, the family says. Country music group the Band Perry offered to pay for the funeral of eight children and their mother, who died in...
  • It's Groundhog Day: Here are 5 things to know

    It's Groundhog Day: Here are 5 things to know
    The furry rodent Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania early Sunday morning and saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter. Phil's forecast is a symbolic part of an annual celebration, which takes place in Punxsutawney, Pa....
  • Daley taken to hospital after returning from business trip

    Daley taken to hospital after returning from business trip
    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley was undergoing tests Saturday in the intensive-care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after falling ill on a business trip to Arizona, according to representatives of the former mayor. Daley, 71, felt ill Friday...
  • Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley hospitalized, in ICU

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley remained hospitalized in an intensive care unit Saturday, his law firm said. Feeling ill, the 71-year-old Daley walked straight from a plane into an ambulance after returning to Chicago on Friday evening from a...
  • Daley nephew Vanecko pleads guilty in Koschman death

    Daley nephew Vanecko pleads guilty in Koschman death
    Nanci Koschman had spent almost a decade waiting for this moment. After a sleepless night, she sat in a Rolling Meadows courtroom Friday fighting back tears as Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley, turned to face...
  • Skater Evan Lysacek buys Chicago condo

    Skater Evan Lysacek buys Chicago condo
    Gold medal-winning figure skater Evan Lysacek has paid $850,000 for a two-bedroom, 1,600-square-foot condominium unit on the 45th floor of a high-rise off North Michigan Avenue. Raised in Naperville, Lysacek, 28, won the gold medal in the 2010...
  • How does Chicago stack up?

    How does Chicago stack up?
    Not long ago, Torsten Gessner, a top executive at a German manufacturing giant, had to decide where to locate the company's new North American headquarters. Consultants offered up a short list with some obvious candidates: San Francisco and Boston because...
  • City Hall watchdog: CDOT officials broke hiring rules

    City Hall watchdog: CDOT officials broke hiring rules
    Chicago Department of Transportation managers and employees improperly steered city business to six connected consultants in violation of competitive bidding rules and a ban on the hiring of employees for political reasons, according to a city inspector...
  • Convicted ex-Streets and Sanitation boss thrown off ballot

    Convicted ex-Streets and Sanitation boss thrown off ballot
    Convicted ex-Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Alfred “Al” Sanchez’s political comeback hit a major roadblock Thursday: an elections board kicked him off the Cook County ballot because he’s not done with his parole. State law...
  • Draftsman pleads guilty to threatening police after cougar killed

    Draftsman pleads guilty to threatening police after cougar killed
    On the surface, Richard Hyerczyk doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d threaten to kill cops and burn the mayor’s house down. A draftsman for a suburban machinery company, Hyerczyk is also an avid naturalist with a master’s...