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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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  • Guv candidate Pawlowski still short of 2013 fundraising goal

     
    Mayor Ed Pawlowski needs your help to meet his 2013 fundraising goal…whatever that may be. A release sent out by the Pawlowski gubernatorial camp Thursday says that the campaign is still short of its year-end fundraising goal as the final......
  • Service Club of Chicago gala sets off disco fever

    Service Club of Chicago gala sets off disco fever
    Actors dressed as Donna Summer, Andy Warhol and Cher were on hand to greet guests at the Service Club of Chicago's annual gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on Nov. 1. More than 380 were in attendance for this black-tie event, whose theme —...
  • Top Democrats rally around CTA Red Line completion

    Top Democrats rally around CTA Red Line completion
    Top Illinois Democrats on Thursday used the completion of two major transportation projects to contrast what they say is Chicago's progress against the partisan gridlock of Washington that left the federal government partially shut down for 16 days....
  • Feb. 18 trial date set for Daley's nephew

    Feb. 18 trial date set for Daley's nephew
    A judge on Tuesday set a Feb. 18 start date for the involuntary manslaughter trial of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew. That date is nearly 10 years after the death of David Koschman, a 21-year-old Mount Prospect man who died after a drunken...
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel's finance guru Lois Scott hires bond firms she knows

     Mayor Rahm Emanuel's finance guru Lois Scott hires bond firms she knows
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand when an organization of female business executives paid tribute last year to his financial guru, Lois Scott, for her pioneering role in helping cash-strapped governments solve their problems. Many in the room shared an...
  • Emanuel backs private heliport on West Side

    Emanuel backs private heliport on West Side
    Plans to build the first commercial helicopter landing pad near downtown Chicago since former Mayor Richard M. Daley tore up Meigs Field a decade ago has won Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s backing. The mayor has proposed an ordinance to close down some side...
  • City announces new red light camera deal

    City announces new red light camera deal
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration announced Friday it has reached an agreement to replace the city’s troubled red-light camera operator that’s been embroiled in a federal bribery investigation at City Hall. As a result of the...
  • Chicago OKs deal with new red light camera vendor

     Chicago OKs deal with new red light camera vendor
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration announced Friday that it has reached an agreement to replace the city's troubled red light camera operator that has been embroiled in a federal bribery investigation at City Hall. As a result of the changeover, the...
  • City Treasurer Neely says she's talked to Quinn about Lt. Gov. spot

    City Treasurer Neely says she's talked to Quinn about Lt. Gov. spot
    City Treasurer Stephanie Neely is one of several potential running mates under consideration by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. On Tuesday, Neely confirmed she's spoken with the governor about the ballot spot that opened up when Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon opted...
  • Open thread: The Weeks in Review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
  • What to expect now that we're expecting gay marriage

     
    Wednesday's print column So tell Uncle Chester: Don't worry, gay people don't want to marry you. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign into law a bill that will legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois starting next June. Chicago's......
  • Chicago casino more economically viable for Michael Reese site than Obama library, hotels

    Chicago casino more economically viable for Michael Reese site than Obama library, hotels
    A Chicago casino anchoring a redevelopment that includes the former Michael Reese Hospital site would be more economically viable for the city than a Barack Obama presidential library or a cluster of convention hotels, according to a study Mayor Rahm...