Richard M. Daley
Illinois politician
Richard M. Daley
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.
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Preckwinkle wants to give commissioners $500K each for projects
Chicago Tribune - 4 months
As she tries to persuade commissioners to vote for a beverage tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to give each board member control over a pot of money for local projects. It's a page out of the City Hall playbook, where former Mayor Richard M. Daley launched the practice of...
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More Cops Will Worsen, Not Help, Our Violence Problem
Huffington Post - 5 months
So the City is going to hire yet more cops. Yet more, you say? Yes - the city already almost leads the nation in its level of sworn officers, and has got precious little to show for it. When politicians say we need more police, from Bill Clinton's 1990s call for 100,000 more cops, to the 2012 Chicago mayoral election, a certain amount of fact-free electioneering is expected. But when Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz is joined by his editorial board in this fact-free nonsense, we've reached a new low in the civic discussion about how to save more lives in our city. Like the mass incarceration boom of the 1990s, the City is escalating a disastrous trend which our communities (and wallets) will spend many years extricating ourselves from. Before making their hire-more-cops pronouncements, did either Hinz or Crain's editorial board bother looking up the numbers and crunching them to see where Chicago ranks on sworn officers per capita? According to data from the FBI's Uniform ...
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Is Daley tiring of Rahm's blame game?
Chicago Times - 6 months
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has for years not so subtly laid the blame for many of Chicago's problems at the doorstep of his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. But five years out of office, Daley may be tiring of Rahm's shtick. Twice on Tuesday, Daley's longtime spokeswoman Jackie Heard interjected to prevent...
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Is Daley tiring of Rahm's blame game?
Chicago Times - 6 months
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has for years not so subtly laid the blame for many of Chicago's problems at the doorstep of his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. But five years out of office, Daley may be tiring of Rahm's shtick. Twice on Tuesday, Daley's longtime spokeswoman Jackie Heard interjected to prevent...
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Who is to blame for poverty & unrest in America’s urban communities?
Fox News - 6 months
Last night Donald Trump laid much blame for the poverty and unrest in our urban communities on the Democrats and what he describes as essentially failed policies. If you watch ON THE RECORD at 7pm, you know I often bring up the fact that LBJ declared “WAR ON POVERTY” in 1965 and the fact that we have not won this war and what a disgrace that so many of our fellow Americans live in poverty. My first 12 years of my career as a lawyer, I worked with very poor people in an urban community – Washington, DC – and I remain distressed that we have not won the WAR ON POVERTY. I decided to “fact check” Trump and see if he is right that the Democrats have been running these urban areas where poverty is destroying people. Check out my results (and I went back in time to 1965, when LBJ declared WAR ON POVERTY.) Is it fair to blame those in office? Did they and do they have responsibility for their communities? See below…and then tell me what YOU think. PS. I am NOT telling you how to vote ...
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Oscar D'Angelo, 'mayor of Little Italy,' dies at 84
Chicago Tribune - 7 months
Oscar D'Angelo, a controversial city power broker and onetime confidant of Mayor Richard M. Daley who was known as the "mayor of Little Italy" died Sunday of prostate cancer, according to friend Gery Chico. D'Angelo, who was 84, was born in the Little Italy neighborhood on Chicago's Near West Side...
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CPD moves to fire, suspend cops tied to fatal Koschman case involving Daley nephew
Chicago Times - about 1 year
The Chicago Police Department took action Wednesday to fire a police lieutenant and suspend two other officers for their handling of the 2004 homicide investigation of David Koschman, who died after a punch from the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to the department. In a statement...
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Red light camera trial offers rare glimpse into City Hall intrigue
Chicago Times - about 1 year
During the two-week trial in one of largest bribery schemes ever to envelop City Hall, federal prosecutors tossed around the names of such powerful political luminaries as Michael Madigan, Richard Daley and Edward Burke. But the focus has been on a lifelong bureaucrat who is far less known. Sometime...
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Red light camera trial offers rare glimpse into City Hall intrigue
Chicago Times - about 1 year
During the two-week trial in one of largest bribery schemes ever to envelop City Hall, federal prosecutors tossed around the names of such powerful political luminaries as Michael Madigan, Richard Daley and Edward Burke. But the focus has been on a lifelong bureaucrat who is far less known. Sometime...
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Is Ted Cruz the Next Barry Goldwater
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The most memorable political party convention in modern history remains the 1968 Democratic Convention, made famous by images of police brutality on the streets of Chicago, television closeups of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley hurling epithets at U.S. Senator Abraham Ribocoff, chants of "the whole world is watching," a pretty good Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tune, and an even better film by the late Haskell Wexler. More. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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2nd NFL team in Chicago? After Rams move, what's Shahid Khan thinking?
Chicago Times - about 1 year
When former Mayor Richard M. Daley floated the concept of a second NFL team in Chicago before the 2012 season, fantasy trumped reality. The possibility appeared as impractical as it was improbable. Daley sounded hopelessly out of touch, stuck in another era, even suggesting government assistance...
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December 2015 Is Gone, and So Is Arne Duncan -- But USDOE Nonsense Remains
Huffington Post - about 1 year
December 2015 is gone, and so is US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who announced in October that he would be leaving DC in December. In this January 02, 2016, NBC "Meet the Press" article, President Obama offers an unsubstantiated statement in an effort to portray Duncan's tenure in Washington, DC, as successful: "Arne has dedicated his life to the cause of education -- and sometimes in the nicest possible way, he has gotten on people's nerves because he has pushed them and prodded them," Obama said at the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act. "Had he not been, I believe, as tenacious as he was, I think that we would not have as good of a product as we do here today. And so I could not be prouder of Arne Duncan," the president added. I wonder exactly what that "as good of a product" is. Obama isn't offering details. The NBC article is generous in its assessment (funny word choice) of Duncan's accomplishments. For example, NBC credits Duncan with "helping ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard M. Daley
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    The National Law Journal included Daley in its 2013 list of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," based on "his political connections — the best in Chicago."
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2006, Skyway Concession Company, a joint venture between the Australian Macquarie Infrastructure Group and Spanish Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte S.A., paid the City $1.83 billion for rights to operate the Chicago Skyway and collect tolls for 99 years. The deal was the first of its kind in the U.S. In December 2006, Morgan Stanley paid Chicago $563 million for a 99-year lease of the city's parking garages. "I'm the one who started talking about leasing public assets. No other city has done this in America," Daley recalled in 2009. Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator George F. Will wrote of the deals in the Washington Post, Unfortunately, Daley's theory—that it can be better to get a sum X immediately, rather than getting over many years a sum Y that is substantially larger than X—assumes something that cannot be assumed. It assumes that governments will prudently husband sudden surges of revenue from the lease or sale of assets.
  • 2011
    Daley was married to Margaret "Maggie" Corbett until her death on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011 after a decade-long battle with metastatic breast cancer, which had spread to her bones and liver; Maggie Daley Park in the Chicago Loop commemorates her.
    More Details Hide Details They have four children: Nora, Patrick, Elizabeth and Kevin, all born at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Their second son, Kevin, died at age two of complications from spina bifida in 1981. Daley graduated from De La Salle Institute high school in Chicago and obtained his bachelor's degree from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island in 1964.
    Daley chaired his final city council meeting on Wednesday morning, May 11, 2011 and his term ended May 16, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Daley was succeeded by Rahm Emanuel. Daley was supported by Chicago's traditionally Republican business community. He came under criticism for focusing city resources on the development of businesses downtown, the North, Near South, and Near West Sides, while neglecting neighborhoods in the other areas of the city; in particular the needs of low-income residents. According to Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman, "Daley lasted 22 years in office partly because he resolved to ingratiate himself with black Chicagoans. He appointed blacks to high positions, stressed his commitment to provide services to all neighborhoods, tore down public housing projects, and pushed reform of the minority-dominated public schools." Daley focused on Chicago as a tourist destination as opposed to a manufacturing base, improved and expanded parkland, added flower planters along many primary streets, and oversaw the creation of Millennium Park on what had previously been an abandoned train yard. He spearheaded the conversion of Navy Pier into a popular tourist destination. Daley supported immigration reform, and green building initiatives, for which he was presented with an Honor Award from the National Building Museum in 2009 as a "visionary in sustainability." Chicago avoided some of the most severe economic contractions of other midwest Rust Belt cities such as Detroit and Cleveland.
    According to a March 2011 report from the city's Office of the Inspector General,
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    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.
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  • 2010
    In his annual budget address on October 13, 2010, Daley projected a deficit for 2010 of $655 million, the largest in city history.
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    Daley proposed a 2010 budget totaling $6.14 billion, including spending $370 million from the $1.15 billion proceeds from the parking meter lease.
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    On December 26, 2010, Daley surpassed his father as Chicago's longest-serving mayor.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details For me, that time is now," Daley said.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On the first day of City Council hearings on Daley's 2009 budget proposal, several aldermen questioned the administration's public relations spending. On November 4, 2008, Jacquelyn Heard, the mayor's press secretary, said the city would halt spending on 10 public relations contracts that could have paid as much as $5 million each.
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    In his annual budget address on October 21, 2009, Daley projected a deficit for 2009 of more than $520 million.
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  • 2008
    In his annual budget address in City Council Chambers on October 15, 2008, Daley proposed a 2009 budget totaling $5.97 billion, including not filling 1,350 vacancies on the 38,000 employee city payroll and $150 million in new revenue from a then-obscure parking meter lease deal to help erase a $469 million budget shortfall.
    More Details Hide Details The Daley administration employed an in-house staff of more than 50 public relations officers across City departments at a cost of $4.7 million, and millions more on seven private public relations firms. "It's worth it", Daley said.
  • 2007
    On December 3, 2007, shortly after Patrick received the last of those payments, Mayor Daley's press secretary, Jacquelyn Heard said Patrick Daley "has no financial interest with the wi-fi contract at O'Hare."
    More Details Hide Details The Chicago Sun-Times editorialized, " the conflict of interest was blatant."
  • 2006
    On July 5, 2006, Robert Sorich, formally, director of the Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and, informally, Daley's patronage chief, and Timothy McCarthy, Sorich's aide, were each convicted on two counts of mail fraud connected to rigging blue-collar city jobs and promotions.
    More Details Hide Details Sorich's best friend, former Streets and Sanitation official Patrick Slattery was convicted of one count of mail fraud. A former Streets and Sanitation managing deputy commissioner was found guilty of lying to federal agents about political hiring. Sorich, McCarthy and Slattery lived in the Bridgeport neighborhood in 11th Ward, the Daley family's home neighborhood and ward. "I've never known them to be anything but hard working, and I feel for them at this difficult time," Daley said. "It is fair criticism to say I should have exercised greater oversight to ensure that every worker the city hired, regardless of who recommended them, was qualified and that proper procedures were always followed," Daley admitted a few days later. Weeks later, David Axelrod, a Democratic political consultant whose clients included Daley, defended patronage in an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune. Mayor Daley's son Patrick R. Daley was an MBA student at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business working as an unpaid intern at Cardinal Growth, a Chicago venture capital firm, when he profited from two Cardinal Growth ventures formed to win city contracts while concealing his role. Patrick's cousin, and Mayor Daley's nephew, is Robert G. Vanecko. In June 2003, Patrick and Vanecko formed a Delaware company, MSS Investors LLC, and invested $65,000 each. MSS Investors LLC in turn purchased a 5% stake in Municipal Sewer Services, a Cardinal Growth venture.
    Wall Street analysts noted that the Daley administration began drawing on the city's reserves as early as 2006, before the 2008–2012 global recession. "While there had been sound economic growth in years prior to 2008, there were still sizable fund balance drawdowns in both 2006 and 2007," Fitch wrote.
    More Details Hide Details The city's budgets continued to increase even after the recession began, to more than $6 billion a year, and, when under-funded city employee pension funds were included, the city's annual deficit exceeded $1 billion. In January 2011, Moody's Investors Service downgraded to a "negative" outlook some of the revenue bonds issued for the $15 billion O'Hare Modernization Program and related infrastructure projects, citing the city's plan to postpone repayment of interest and principal on some construction bonds.
    On January 17, 2006, during Daley's fifth term, at a joint press conference with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich calling for a statewide ban on semi-automatic assault weapons, Daley said, "If we are really to make the progress that we want, we have to keep the most dangerous weapons that are right here off of our streets."
    More Details Hide Details The US Supreme Court took up McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025, 130 S.Ct. 3020 (2010), which challenged handgun bans in the Chicago and in the neighboring suburb of Oak Park. In May 2010, Daley held a press conference to address gun control and a pending possible adverse decision in McDonald v. Chicago. After Mick Dumke, a reporter for the Chicago Reader, questioned the effectiveness of the city's handgun ban, Daley picked up a rifle with a bayonet from a display table of confiscated weapons and told him, "If I put this up your butt, you'll find out how effective it is. Let me put a round up your, you know." The remark was voted "the stoopidest thing that Mayor Richard Daley the Younger has ever said" in an online poll by the Chicago Tribune. On June 28, 2010, the US Supreme Court held, in a 5–4 decision in McDonald v. Chicago, that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was incorporated under the Fourteenth Amendment, thus protecting the right of an individual to "keep and bear arms" from local governments, and all but declared Mayor Jane Byrne's 1982 handgun ban unconstitutional. That afternoon, at a press conference concerning the gun ban, Daley said,
    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.
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  • 2005
    The Chicago Sun-Times dubbed the Park Grill the "Clout Cafe" and included the contract award process in a year-end review of 2005 Daley administration scandals.
    More Details Hide Details The contract was never renegotiated, and after Daley announced he would not seek a seventh term, the owners of the Park Grill sought to sell.
    In 2005 Daley criticized the deal, saying that the city wanted to renegotiate the pact.
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    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.
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  • 2003
    In 2003 an operating company included over 80 investors, including some of Mayor Daley's friends and neighbors won, under controversial circumstances, a lucrative contract to operate the Park Grill, the only restaurant in the new Millennium Park.
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    Fresh off a 2003 re-election mandate, one of Daley's first major acts was ordering the demolition of Meigs Field.
    More Details Hide Details On Sunday night, March 30, 2003, shortly before midnight, transport trucks carrying construction equipment moved onto Meigs with Chicago Police escort. By early Monday morning, city crews excavated six large X's into the only runway. The city's 50 aldermen, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security were not consulted on the plan. The demolition of the runway trapped planes. In the days following, many of those aircraft were able to take off using the taxiway. "To do this any other way would have been needlessly contentious," Daley explained at a news conference Monday morning. Daley argued that the airport was a threat to Chicago's high-rise cityscape and its high-profile skyscrapers, such as the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center. Daley criticized the Federal Aviation Administration, saying "Now, think of that; Mickey and Minnie have it. I mean, I can't believe that. They get it first before we get it?", referring to the post-9/11 air space restrictions in place over Orlando, Florida. "The signature act of Richard Daley's 22 years in office was the midnight bulldozing of Meigs Field," according to Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn. "He ruined Meigs because he wanted to, because he could," Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass wrote of Daley. "The issue is Daley's increasingly authoritarian style that brooks no disagreements, legal challenges, negotiations, compromise or any of that messy give-and-take normally associated with democratic government," the Chicago Tribune editorialized.
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In August 1999, prompted by police excessive-force incidents in Chicago, New York and other cities, the U.S. affiliate of Amnesty International issued a report "Race, Rights & Brutality: Portraits of Abuse in the USA," that called on federal officials to better document excessive-force cases and to pursue prosecutions of the officers involved. In October 1999 the organization issued a report "Summary of Amnesty International's concerns on police abuse in Chicago" which expressed concerns including improper interrogation tactics, excessive force, shootings of unarmed suspects, and the detention and interrogation of children.
  • 1997
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Daley, Huels, and another close friend Michael Tadin grew up within two blocks on S. Emerald Avenue in Bridgeport. Huels attended De La Salle Institute, the same high school attended by Daley, his father, and Michael Bilandic. Huels worked for the city's Public Works Department as a laborer and tree trimmer, then as an administrative assistant in the Environment Department, and then as a City Council investigator. He answered phones for the 11th Ward Democratic organization, and was its secretary for several years. When Mayor Richard J. Daley died, 11th Ward Alderman Bilandic was named acting mayor, and Huels, then 26, replaced Bilandic as alderman. Huels chaired the Council's Transportation Committee and became Mayor Richard J. Daley's floor leader. In the summer of 2007, in reaction to ongoing indictments and convictions of aldermen, Daley and Huels shepherded a package of ethics reforms through city council. Huels owned a security firm, SDI Security, Inc. along with his wife and his brother, a Chicago police lieutenant. In the mid-1990s, the firm had about 390 full-time employees and was grossing $7 million a year. Huels was president and a director, and Council Finance Committee Chairman Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th) was secretary. Huels and Burke authorized $633,971 in legal consulting fees from their respective Council committees to attorney Michael A. Pedicone, a long-time officer of SDI. In March 1995 the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien on SDI for $326,951 and in June 1996 for $997,382 for failing to pay payroll taxes, including money withheld from its employees' pay checks.
  • 1995
    Daley took control of the Chicago Public School system in 1995 and appointed Paul Vallas.
    More Details Hide Details When Vallas left the post to run for governor, Daley chose the relatively obscure Arne Duncan, now the U.S. Secretary of Education, to lead the district. On March 19, 1997, the Chicago City Council adopted the Domestic Partners Ordinance, which made employee benefits available to same-sex partners of City employees. Daley said it was an issue of fairness.
  • 1992
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick told the relatives he was staying with friends, drove his father's new sports utility vehicle to the Daley second home in Grand Beach, Michigan and threw a party Saturday night without parental consent or adult supervision. Someone asked two Filipino and two white youths to leave, racial epithets were exchanged, and a fistfight broke out. Patrick fetched Richard J. Daley's shotgun from the house and gave it to his cousin, who was aged 17. A youth was seriously injured when a juvenile struck him in the head with a baseball bat. On Monday a sobbing Mayor Daley read a statement at a City Hall press conference, pausing repeatedly as he tried to maintain his composure, I am very disappointed, as any parent would be, after his son held a party in their home while his parents were away. I am more deeply distressed for the welfare of the young man who was injured in this fight.
  • 1991
    Questioned about the city's rising homicide rate on September 10, 1991, Daley said "The more killing and homicides you have, the more havoc it prevents."
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    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.
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  • 1990
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Daley became the first Chicago Mayor to lead Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade, at the 20th annual parade on Sunday, June 26, 1989.
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    After winning the general election on April 4, 1989, Daley was inaugurated as Mayor of Chicago on April 24, 1989, his 47th birthday, at a ceremony in Orchestra Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Daley presided over the most docile City Council since his father. One of the new mayor's first acts was to arrogate the City Council's power to approve city contracts, a right aldermen exercised under former Mayors Washington and Sawyer. Daley's first budget proposal, the 1990 budget, included $3 billion in spending, $50 million more than 1989, featured a $25 million reduction in the property tax levy, extended Mayor Sawyer's hiring freeze, piloted recycling, and privatized the City's tow truck fleet.
    Daley defeated Sawyer in the primary. In the 1989 general election, Daley faced Republican candidate Edward Vrdolyak, a former Democratic alderman who had opposed Mayor Washington, and Alderman Timothy C. Evans, the candidate of the newly created Harold Washington Party.
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    Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and was re-elected five times until declining to run for a seventh term.
    More Details Hide Details At 22 years, he was the longest-serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley. Mayor Daley took over the Chicago Public Schools, developed tourism, oversaw the construction of Millennium Park, increased environmental efforts and the rapid development of the city's central business district downtown and adjacent near North, near South and near West sides. Daley expanded employee benefits to same-sex partners of city workers, and advocated for gun control. Daley was a national leader in privatization and the lease and sale of public assets to private corporations. Daley was criticized when family, personal friends, and political allies seemed to disproportionately benefit from city contracting. Mayor Daley took office in a city with regular annual budget surpluses and left the city with massive structural deficits. His budgets ran up the largest deficits in Chicago history. Prior to serving as mayor, Daley served in the Illinois Senate and then as the Cook County State's Attorney. Police use of force was an issue in Daley's tenures as state's attorney and mayor.
  • 1988
    Daley announced his candidacy on December 6, 1988, saying
    More Details Hide Details Let's face it: we have a problem in Chicago. The name-calling and politics at City Hall are keeping us from tackling the real issues... I may not be the best speaker in town, but I know how to run a government and how to bring people together. Rahm Emanuel worked for the Daley campaign as a fundraiser, David Axelrod as campaign strategist, William Daley as chief strategist, and Forrest Claypool as a campaign aide. Among four Daley campaign appearances on a Sunday shortly before the primary was a rally of Polish Highlanders at 4808 S. Archer Ave. In a videotaped television newscast, it appeared that Daley said, "You want a white mayor to sit down with everybody." Sawyer said he was "shocked." Daley explained, "It was my standard stump speech. I'm not maybe the best speaker in town, but I have never used the word white." That Friday, the campaign watchdog group CONDUCT censured Daley and commended Sawyer for his "rejection of racially inflammatory comments."
  • 1987
    On December 2, 1987, the Chicago City Council appointed Alderman Eugene Sawyer as mayor until a special election for the remaining two years of the term could be held in 1989.
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  • 1982
    In November 1982, Daley announced his first campaign for mayor.
    More Details Hide Details The candidates in the three-way Democratic primary, which included incumbent Mayor Jane Byrne, a former protegée of his father, and Congressman Harold Washington, held a series of four televised debates. Daley finished third. Many of Richard J.'s political allies blamed Richard M. for splitting the white vote, enabling Washington to become Chicago's first black mayor. On November 25, 1987, Mayor Washington died in office of a heart attack.
  • 1981
    Daley prevailed and served from 1981 to 1989. In February 1982, Andrew Wilson was arrested for the murder of two Chicago police officers.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson was taken to Area 2 detective headquarters on the South Side for interrogation under Chicago Police Detective Jon Burge. Dr. John Raba, Medical Director of Cermak Health Services, the prison hospital in the Cook County Hospital system, examined Wilson, determined Wilson had been tortured, and complained in writing to then Chicago Police Superintendent Richard Brzeczek: I examined Mr. Andrew Wilson on Feb. 15 & 16, 1982. He had multiple bruises, swellings and abrasions on his face and head. His right eye was battered and had a superficial laceration. Andrew Wilson had several linear blisters on his right thigh, right cheek and anterior chest which were consistent with radiator burns. He stated he'd been cuffed to a radiator and pushed into it. He also stated that electrical shocks had been administered to his gums, lips and genitals. All these injuries occurred prior to his arrival at the Jail. There must be a thorough investigation of this alleged brutality.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    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.
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  • 1976
    After his father died in 1976, Daley succeeded his father as the 11th Ward Democratic committeeman, a party post, until succeeded in the post by his brother John P. Daley in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details With John P. Daley holding the post from 1980 to the present, a Daley has held the post of 11th Ward Committeeman for 60 years.
  • 1975
    After the Spring 1975 state legislative session, Chicago Democrat Dawn Clark Netsch, who served with Daley as Illinois Constitutional Convention delegates and as State Senators, blamed "dirty little Richie" for frustrating her good government legislative agenda in the state legislature.
    More Details Hide Details Daley challenged incumbent Republican Bernard Carey for Cook County State's Attorney. Democratic Mayor Jane Byrne endorsed Alderman Edward M. Burke in the Democratic primary, and after Daley prevailed in the primary, endorsed Carey in the general election.
  • 1972
    With the support of the Democratic political organization, Daley was elected to the Illinois Senate, serving from 1972 to 1980.
    More Details Hide Details State Senator Daley rarely spoke to reporters and didn't hold a news conference for six years. Daley chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee. Daley was named one of Illinois' ten worst state legislators by Chicago Magazine "for arrogance, for sharklike qualities, for living off his father's name, and for pulling puppet strings attached to some of the worst members of the Senate." He was considered "too shrewd to be one of the worst, but he controls so many of the worst senators that he belongs on the list to represent all of them."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The action was unsuccessful and the reformers' slate (which included Rev. Jesse Jackson) replaced the Daley slate at the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida.
  • 1969
    Daley was elected to his first party office as a delegate to the 1969 Illinois Constitutional Convention.
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  • OTHER
  • 1962
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Sources conflict on Daley's military record. The only book-length biography of Daley makes no mention of military service. A 1995 profile in the Chicago Sun-Times stated that Daley served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1961 to 1967, while a 1996 profile in People Magazine cited 1960 to 1964. A civilian website for Marines and their families found no military record for Daley. Daley earned a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University. He passed the Illinois Bar Examination on his third try. Daley later reflected, "I flunked the bar exam twice. I had to keep studying harder and harder and harder. I passed it the third time." Daley never tried a case.
  • 1942
    Born on April 24, 1942.
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