Richard M. Daley

Illinois Politician

Richard Michael Daley, sometimes known as "Richie" Daley, is a former Mayor of Chicago, Illinois. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and served six terms. At 22 years, he was the longest serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley.… Read More

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1942 Birth Born on April 24, 1942.


1962 20 Years Old In 1962, at age 19, home on Christmas break, Daley was ticketed for running a stop sign at Huron and Rush, and the Chicago Sun-Times headline was "Mayor's Son Gets Ticket, Uses No Clout," with a subhead reading "Quiet Boy." … Read More
1969 27 Years Old Daley was elected to his first party office as a delegate to the 1969 Illinois Constitutional Convention.


1972 30 Years Old 1 More Event
According to journalist Rick Perlstein, in June, 1972, Daley led a mob on behalf of his father's Democratic Party regulars against pro-McGovern reformers meeting in a church in Illinois' Fifth Congressional District. … Read More
1975 - 1976 2 More Events
1978 36 Years Old …  A 1978 state law designed by Illinois Democrats gave the Mayor the power to appoint to fill vacancies in the City Council rather than holding special elections, and by 2002 more than a third of the Council's 50 aldermen were initially appointed by Daley. The Council became even more of a rubber stamp than in Richard J. Daley's terms. In the 18 months from January 12, 2000 to June 6, 2001, only 13 votes in the Council were divided, less than one a month. 32 aldermen supported the mayor 90-100% of the time and another 14 80-89% of the time.
1981 39 Years Old Daley prevailed and served from 1981 to 1989. In February 1982, Andrew Wilson was arrested for the murder of two Chicago police officers. … Read More


1982 - 1988 3 More Events
…  Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and was re-elected five times until declining to run for a seventh term. … Read More
1990 48 Years Old On August 22, 1990, Daley told reporters that "people are getting hurt in drive-by shoot-a-longs." In December 1990 Amnesty International issued a report "Allegations of Police Torture in Chicago, Illinois" calling for a full inquiry into allegations that some Chicago police officers tortured criminal suspects between 1972 and 1984.
1991 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 2, 1991 Daley was re-elected to a second term (his first full, four-year term), with 70.7% of the vote, over African American civil rights attorney and Appellate Judge R. … Read More


1992 50 Years Old On the weekend of March 1–2, 1992, Daley and his wife arranged for 16-year-old son Patrick to stay with relatives while they attended a family event in New York. … Read More
1995 53 Years Old Daley took control of the Chicago Public School system in 1995 and appointed Paul Vallas. … Read More
1997 55 Years Old The first major public corruption scandal of Daley's tenure as mayor involved the circumstances of the resignation of his City Council floor leader, Alderman Patrick Huels, in October 1997. … Read More
1999 57 Years Old On February 23, 1999, Daley won re-election to a fourth term with 68.9 percent of the vote over challenger U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush. … Read More


On February 26, 2003, Daley took 78.5% of the vote to prevail over challenger Reverend Paul Jakes Jr. Daley endorsed same-sex marriage, saying on February 18, 2004 he would have "no problem" with Cook County issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Time magazine in its April 25, 2005 issue named Daley as the best out of five mayors of large cities in the United States, and characterized Daley as having "imperial" style and power.
…  Daley was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
2007 - 2009 4 More Events
…  On September 7, 2010, Daley announced that he would not seek a seventh term. "I've always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when it's time to move on. … Read More
…  In January 2011, Anthony Duffy, the president of Municipal Sewer Services, was charged with three counts of mail fraud in conjunction with minority-contracting and Jesse Brunt and his company, Brunt Brothers Transfer Inc., were indicted on three counts of mail fraud.
2013 71 Years Old 1 More Event
Deposed in August, 2013 in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration's lawsuit to renegotiate the contract, former Mayor Daley responded "I don't recall" 139 times. … Read More
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