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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 rips scab off my Soldier Field rehab wounds

     
    I've combined a post from earlier this week with a commentary for my Sunday print column My PDSD — Post-Daley Stress Disorder — is relatively under control. I sometimes cringe involuntarily when inserting my credit card into parking meter...
  • Un-Shermanesque Preckwinkle still has time (at least) to run for mayor

     
    This Sunday print column item is adapted from a post earlier this week and riffs off this news story Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was tantalizingly un-Shermanesque in her response last week to reporters who pressed her on whether......
  • Work beginning on 'Navy Pier Flyover' to improve lakefront trail

    Work beginning on 'Navy Pier Flyover' to improve lakefront trail
    When Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Dick Durbin announced Tuesday that work was finally about to start on an elevated lakefront path near Navy Pier, one moment—apparently unscripted—spoke to the value of the $60 million project. From behind a...
  • 'Chicagoland' finale review: more violence, more Rahm

    'Chicagoland' finale review: more violence, more Rahm
    And so it ends, this extraordinary and exasperating, revelatory and redundant, infuriating and ultimately tragic eight-part series "Chicagoland." For the last two months, CNN has given us our town in mostly unscripted, sometimes contrived and...
  • In CNN's 'Chicagoland,' violence continues to dominate

    In CNN's 'Chicagoland,' violence continues to dominate
    It may be comforting to someone somewhere — though I'm hard-pressed to figure out who or where — to know that Riccardo Muti, the esteemed music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2010, believes that Chicago is "the most elegant...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Special prosecutor: Daley, family did not try to influence Koschman case

    Special prosecutor: Daley, family did not try to influence Koschman case
    Over the course of a 17-month investigation, after nearly 150 interviews and a review of more than 300,000 pages of records, special prosecutor Dan Webb found no evidence that former Mayor Richard Daley exerted political pressure to shield one of his...