WBEZ | Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/maggie-daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Afternoon Shift' #191: Daley's legacy http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-16/afternoon-shift-191-daleys-legacy-103895 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/DaleyProfile.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-191-daley-legacy.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-191-daley-legacy" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #191: Daley's legacy" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #191: Daley's legacy</h1><h2>Nearly a year after his wife Maggie's death, former Mayor Richard M. Daley sits down with Rick Kogan for an extended interview. Then we'll invite you to share your thoughts on Daley's legacy. Plus Ald. Fioretti tells us why he voted against Mayor Emanuel's budget today. And filmmaker Mary Fishman. </h2><p>Storified by &middot; Thu, Nov 15 2012 14:30:39</p><div>For more than 20 years, Richard M. Daley served as Mayor of Chicago. But when he left office, he left the spotlight. Nearly a year after his beloved wife Maggie's death, Daley sits down with Rick Kogan to reflect on his legacy. <br></div><div>Richard M. Daley on his life and legacy by WBEZFor more than 20 years, Richard M. Daley served as Mayor of Chicago. But when he left office, he left the spotlight. Nearly a year after ...</div><div>MAYOR DALEYRobotclaw666</div><div>Wbez</div><div>DSC_0329gadc.e.sanders@sbcglobal.net</div><div>Mayor Daley tells Kogan, if he had to do it all over again...he'd be 6'8&quot; and play basketball with #MichaelJordan #AfternoonShift on @WBEZKatie O'Brien</div><div>Following Rick's sit-down with former Mayor Richard M. Daley, we invite you to share your thoughts on the Daley legacy. Call 312-923-9239 or join the discussion on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23AfternoonShift&amp;src=typd" class="">#AfternoonShift</a><br></div><div>Rick takes listeners' calls as they weigh in on Mayor Daley's legacy by WBEZFollowing Rick's sit-down with former Mayor Richard M. Daley, we invited listeners to share their thoughts on the Daley legacy.</div><div>DSC_0423gadc.e.sanders@sbcglobal.net</div><div>@WBEZ @WBEZ: What are your thoughts on the Daley legacy? $$$$ 4 beautification of city but nothing schools #AfternoonShift #rickkoganEllen Gradman</div><div>Rick Kogan's interviewing advice: SHUT UP. Mayors, interview subjects will fill the vacuum of silence. #AfternoonShiftWBEZ</div><div>Today's 3@3 is a family thing: Father-son-journo duo, Charlieand Ben Meyerson, tackle today's City Council vote on Mayor Emanuel's budget--Ald. Robert Fioretti voted against the proposal, he'll tell us why. They'll also be joined by Pam Geller, the woman behind the new controversial "Defeat Jihad" ads seen on several CTA buses. <br></div><div>Our 3@3 panel interviews newsmakers on the city's budget and controversial CTA ads by WBEZToday's 3@3 is a family thing: Father-son-journo duo, Charlie and Ben Meyerson, tackle today's City Council vote on Mayor Emanuel's budge...</div><div>MT @katieobez: Tune in to #AfternoonShift http://bit.ly/m6vx6D RT @Fioretti2ndWard: I'll be on @WBEZ today at 3:05pm to discuss #chibudgetAld. Bob Fioretti</div><div>@Fioretti2ndWard @ward32chicago @JohnArena445 vote no on #chibudget @SandiJackson1 the only one absentParis Schutz</div><div>Seen the &quot;Defeat Jihad&quot; ads that just went up on the backs of CTA buses? Judges: 1st amendment protected speech. http://pic.twitter.com/OVyOMB0SAnna Davlantes</div><div>Chicago-basedproducer/director Mary Fishman’s new film Band of Sisters tells the story ofCatholic nuns, from different congregations across the U.S., and their work forcivil rights, women's rights, immigration reform, environmental justice andother causes after Vatican II of the 1960s.<br></div><div>&quot;Band of Sisters&quot; tells story of today's women religious by WBEZChicago-based producer/director Mary Fishman's new film Band of Sisters tells the story of Catholic nuns, from different congregations ac...</div><div>Band of Sisters NEW trailerbandofsistersltd</div></noscript></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-16/afternoon-shift-191-daleys-legacy-103895 Maggie Andersen on the Maggie Daley you didn't know http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-09/maggie-anderson-maggie-daley-you-didnt-know-94759 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-09/AP110119094115.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-09/Maggie Anderson web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="Maggie Anderson manages not to shed a tear. (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p>Writer Maggie Andersen says there was a "fierce love" between the Daleys that prompted former Mayor Richard M. to do some crazy things in wife Maggie's name:</p><p><em>I'm a sucker for a love story. December 1970. Richard M. Daley of Chicago met Margaret Corbett of Pittsburgh at a mutual friend's Christmas party. Perhaps there was mistletoe and </em>Nat King Cole's Christmas<em> on vinyl. I hope there's no shortage of boozy eggnog.</em></p><p><em>Their first proper date was on New Year's Eve in Chicago. I imagine they saw fireworks lighting up a frozen lake.</em></p><p><em>I and countless others believed that the Daleys loved each other in that lucky way. Their son Patrick has said that his mother was always the first one on the dance floor, and the last one off; that his parents' companionship was an inspiration to everyone who knew them.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Evidence can be found in the footage of them marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in their 30s; then hiking, fatter and grayer, in Jordan, decades later, but still laughing like children....</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483839-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-12-03-papermachete-maggie-anderson.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This&nbsp;<a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/12/07/1210-line-up/" target="_blank">Saturday at the Horseshoe</a>&nbsp;is one of the last times you can see the&nbsp;Machete&nbsp;in December, before the holiday winds of change sweep us all away. They'll be talking about Blago, obviously, and the line-up includes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.madambarker.com/" target="_blank">Madame Barker’s Cabaret</a>&nbsp;(Molly Brennan&nbsp;and&nbsp;John Fournier); Occupiers Art and Nancy Brennan; Chad the Bird; comedian&nbsp;<a href="http://therealcameronesposito.com/" target="_blank">Cameron Esposito</a>;&nbsp;Kate James and Steve Waltien of The Second City and WBEZ's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey">Claire Zulkey</a>. With music by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myspace.com/babyteethmusic" target="_blank">Baby Teeth</a>.</p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-09/maggie-anderson-maggie-daley-you-didnt-know-94759 Month in Review: Chicago mourns the death of Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/month-review-chicago-mourns-death-maggie-daley-94447 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-30/RS3984_Maggie Daley2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>November was a month of trials, tribulations and tests: Mayor Emanuel and Cook County Board President Preckwinkle had their budgets approved, Gov. Quinn continued to wait for the green light for his budget, Rod Blagojevich's ally, Tony Rezko, was sentenced to more than 10 years for corruption and the owners of the South Loop E2 nightclub got a reprieve. The death of Maggie Daley on Thanksgiving cast a somber tone over the holidays but overall, the mood throughout November tended to be a little more feisty.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> welcomed a panel of journalists to discuss November's headlines and more for its <em>Month in Review</em>. David Greising regularly discusses business news on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> and he is a reporter with the <em><a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a></em>, Mary Ann Ahern is a political reporter for <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/" target="_blank">NBC 5</a> and Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor of the <a href="http://www.windycitytimes.com/index.php" target="_blank">Windy City Media Group</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee, "Meadown in the Summer", from the album Sing A Song, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/month-review-chicago-mourns-death-maggie-daley-94447 Maggie Daley remembered at funeral mass: tireless advocate, devoted mom, big singer http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-remembered-funeral-mass-tireless-advocate-devoted-mom-big-singer-94405 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/AP111128029217.jpg.crop_display.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's former first lady, Maggie Daley, was honored Monday in a funeral mass at Old Saint Patrick's Church just west of the city's downtown. Daley died on Thanksgiving at the age of 68.</p><p>So many people showed up, that more than a few Chicago aldermen were relegated to the church basement to watch the scene on TVs. Others without seats stood outside the church, listening to just the piped-out sound.</p><p>Delivering the homily, Father Jack Wall spoke of Maggie Daley's nearly decade-long fight with breast cancer.</p><p>"Some people when the going gets tough, they just see themselves as victims," Wall said. "But this woman kept on saying, Nothing is going to take life from me. Nothing. I'm too busy giving it away."</p><p>Wall talked of Daley's work to establish a parish school at Old St. Pat's, and her committment to after school programs for Chicago's kids. And he described the former first lady's personal "blue law."</p><p>"There was not going to be one mayoral event on a Sunday," he recalled. "There had to be a family day, a day where people celebrate and nurture this gift of family."</p><p>Speaking for the Daley children, son Patrick provided a personal remembrance.</p><p>"Enjoying life, laughter, and the occasional piece of dark chocolate," he said to laughter. "She was the first one out and the last one off the dance floor. She was a singer, encouraging everyone - sometimes very strongly - to join her."</p><p>"As a mother, she was the embodiment of unconditional, yet tough, love," Patrick Daley said. "And as a grandmother, we saw her move from tough love and discipline to tenderness and indulgence."</p><p>Former Mayor Richard Daley embraced his children when they returned to their seats. He did not speak at the mass.</p><p>Others in attendance: Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Sens. Duck Durbin and Mark Kirk, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.</p><p>Bagpipes played outside the church. As the casket was carried out to the hearse, the former mayor followed right behind.</p><p>By order of the current mayor, Rahm Emanuel, city flags are supposed to remain at half-mast for the rest of the week in honor of Maggie Daley.</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-remembered-funeral-mass-tireless-advocate-devoted-mom-big-singer-94405 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago theaters honor Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-28/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theaters-honor-maggie-daley-94391 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-04/IMG_0080.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;Former first lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-dies-94357">died on Thanksgiving</a>.</strong></span></span> She was renowned for her tireless support of the arts and in honor of her legacy, theaters across Chicago honored her Sunday by turning off their lights for two minutes at noon. They then kept their lights on throughout the city for the duration of her wake, which ended at 10 pm. The event, which was organized by the League of Chicago Theatres, was primarily applicable to the larger, marquee theaters downtown, but other participants, including theaters on the North Side like Steppenwolf and Second City, did the same.&nbsp;Both Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League and Eileen LaCario, Chair and VP of Broadway in Chicago, released statements expressing their sadness on behalf of the Chicago theater community.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Ebenezer Scrooge is back on Twitter</strong></span></span> -- that is, the Ebenezer in residence at the Goodman.<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/scrooge-r-us-christmas-carol-still-relevant">&nbsp;Reread Kelly Kleiman's comments</a>&nbsp;from last holiday season on whether&nbsp;<em>A Christmas Carol</em>&nbsp;is even culturally relvevant in today's modern times. She wrote about the Scrooge Twitter account and the positive and negative responses to it, but said, "For those of us a bit less serious about our encounters with comic promotional efforts, Scrooge’s comments bring tidings of great joy to all people." No matter what your opinion, you can't say he's not topical;&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/GoodmanTheatre/status/141190103270821888">Scrooge's latest</a>&nbsp;touches on the Occupy movement.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-28/grouponUP.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 196px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. There's a <a href="http://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-second-city">Groupon for Second City's UP</a></strong></span></span>. What are the odds that a Grouponer who works or takes classes there actually wrote it? Come forward if it was you, uncredited copy slave! Anyway, the deal is half off on two tickets, and isn't valid for the New Years show. Also: "Every show is rated for appropriate audiences, letting parents know when to bring the kids to fine-tune their funny bones, and when to bring pet parrots to update their repertoire."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. More best bets of holiday theater</strong></span></span>, this set from <a href="http://chicagolikealocal.com/2011/11/21/best-bets-for-holiday-theatre-in-chicago/#more-2315">Bob Bullen via Chicago Like A Local</a>. He vouches for<em> A Klingon Christmas Carol</em> at Greenhouse, dubbing it "Klingon Kabuki theatre."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The <a href="http://www.redeyechicago.com/redeye-7-chicago-comedians-to-watch-in-2012-20111122,0,3492788.photogallery">RedEye lists their comedy acts</a> to watch</strong></span></span> for the coming new year. Some older faces (Cameron Esposito, Brian Babylon) with some new ones (Ever Mainard, Seth and Kellen). Vote your least favorite off the island, it's a contest (no, it's really not, support everyone).&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 16:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-28/daily-rehearsal-chicago-theaters-honor-maggie-daley-94391 Saying goodbye to Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/saying-goodbye-maggie-daley-94386 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/Maggie Daley applaud.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After hearing thoughts from local leaders, politicians and patrons of the arts in tribute to Chicago's former first lady Maggie Daley, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to two people who knew her and her family well to learn more about Mrs. Daley. WBEZ blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey" target="_blank">Lee Bey</a> served as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Daley; he and Mrs. Daley shared a passion for Chicago architecture and historic preservation. Bey <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey" target="_blank">writes about and photographs architecture</a> for WBEZ and is the executive director of the <a href="http://www.ccac.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Central Area Committee</a>. And <a href="http://www.alavelleconsulting.com/about.html" target="_blank">Avis LaVelle</a> served as Mayor Daley's press secretary before she became a board member with the <a href="http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/" target="_blank">After School Matters</a> program. She is also president and chief executive officer of <a href="http://www.alavelleconsulting.com/" target="_blank">A. LaVelle Consulting Services</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Phil Manley, "Make Good Choices", from the album Life Coach, (Thrill Jockey)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/saying-goodbye-maggie-daley-94386 Maggie Daley remembered for dedication to Chicago's youth http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-remembered-dedication-chicagos-youth-94369 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-25/AP090930083028.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley is being remembered for her dedication to the arts. But another great passion of Daley’s was Chicago’s youth.</p><p>Some 20 years ago, Maggie Daley helped found what would become the nationally known After School Matters program. It provides artistic, athletic and academic activities for thousands of Chicago youth.</p><p>The project started small with a couple hundred &nbsp;teens getting &nbsp;arts experience at a vibrant summer training called Gallery 37. That grew into After School Matters.</p><p>This past September, Maggie Daley spoke of wanting to see this idea of supporting teenagers thrive well into the future. “I encourage everyone to consider what more we can do to help ensure that such life changing opportunities are available to all Chicago teens,” Daley said an event at Navy Pier.</p><p>Maggie Daley died Thursday at the age of 68, nearly a decade after being diagnosed with breast cancer.</p><p>A family spokesperson said a public memorial is planned for Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.</p><p>A funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W Adams, Chicago.</p></p> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 00:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-remembered-dedication-chicagos-youth-94369 Memories and a memorial for Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/memories-and-memorial-maggie-daley-94367 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-27/Maggie Daley wake 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 11/27/11 at 5:31 p.m.</em></p><p>Hundreds of mourners streamed through a downtown cultural center Sunday to pay their respects to former Chicago first lady Maggie&nbsp;Daley at a public wake and visitation.</p><p>A choir sang in the background as hundreds walked by a closed casket, flower arrangements and a large photograph of a smiling Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>The line wrapped almost around the entire Chicago Cultural Center as mourners waited in the rain. Among them was retired teacher Margie Zaugh of Chicago, who clutched an arrangement of pink tulips. The flowers were reportedly Daley's favorite and a tulip was even named after her. The "Tulipa Maggie&nbsp;Daley" is planted along the city's Magnificent Mile shopping district.</p><p>"I can't see tulips without thinking of her," Zaugh said. "She was a great lady."</p><p>The former Chicago first lady, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died Thursday night. Mourners remembered her as a reserved and dignified presence at her husband's side during his 22 eventful years as mayor.</p><p>The public wake was planned until 10 p.m. Sunday. The former mayor was in attendance along with current Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Memorial books were on display for the public at City Hall, the Cultural Center and Gallery 37, a downtown shopping center.</p><p>Instead of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the After School Matters program, the youth-focused after school activities initiative which Daley founded and led, or the Maggie Daley Cancer Center at Northwestern University.</p><p>Since news of her death surfaced on Thanksgiving night, Chicagoans have been remembering her legacy in myriad ways.</p><p>In recognition of Mrs. Daley's longtime support of arts and cultural organizations, members of the League of Chicago Theaters turned off their marquee lights for two minutes at Noon on Sunday to mark the beginning of the wake.</p><p>The Chicago Human Rhythm Project offered free tickets to its Global Rhythms show at 7 p.m. Sunday in honor of Daley "and her commitment to making the arts accessible to everyone."</p><p>Chicago residents also have been encouraged to share thoughts and condolences in memorial books at the Chicago Cultural Center, City Hall and Gallery 37.</p><p>Meanwhile, Chicagoans Oscar Griffin, John Porterfields, Francine Neal, Nigle Andrews and a young man who goes by the name "Lemon" were among those who offered their personal remembrances in the audio piece above.</p><p>Maggie&nbsp;Daley was also remembered for her smile and some of those attending the wake said she was an inspiration for those battling cancer.</p><p>Bernice Cherry, a 63-year-old retired teacher and breast cancer survivor, said she met Daley at a school event; Daley created an afterschool program called After School Matters.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">"She was always very pleasant," Cherry said. "She encouraged me."</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">A public Mass was scheduled for Monday at 10:30 a.m. Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 23:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/memories-and-memorial-maggie-daley-94367 Remembering Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/remembering-maggie-daley-94360 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/111124_maggie_daley_ap_328.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans are remembering their longtime first lady, Maggie Daley. A spokeswoman for the Daley family said Mrs. Daley died on Thursday evening. She was 68.</p><p>Maggie Daley's death follows a nearly decade-long struggle with beast cancer, during which she and her husband took pains to note publicly that they were just like any family facing such a fight.</p><p>An intensely private person, Maggie Daley's rare public appearances were most often to help garner support for after school programs and Gallery 37, an organization she helped found that gets students involved in the arts.</p><p>Several elected officials released statements following news of the death. Here are some excerpts:</p><p>PRESIDENT OBAMA: "While she will be sorely missed, her initiatives on behalf of Chicago’s youth live on as national models for how to create environments for children to learn and grow outside the classroom. Maggie’s commitment to the children and people of Chicago was surpassed only by her devotion to her family."</p><p>U.S. SEN. DICK DURBIN: “Loretta and I have lost a dear friend but feel blessed to have traveled part of our life's journey with her and Rich. We remember last St. Patrick's Day at Old St. Pat’s when Maggie’s struggles were quickly forgotten as her grandkids, dressed in their finest green, scrambled in the church pew to see the Shannon Rovers piping up the center aisle. She and Rich were beaming with the joy that loving parents and grandparents live for."</p><p>GOV. PAT QUINN: "The ever-gracious Maggie was devoted to her family and her faith. Maggie had a servant's heart, especially for children. Through her founding and leadership of After School Matters, she lifted up thousands of Chicago teenagers with opportunities to discover their potential and find their path to a meaningful life."</p><p>CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: "Chicago has lost a warm and gracious First Lady who contributed immeasurably to our city. While Mayor Daley served as the head of this city, Maggie was its heart."</p><p>In addition, After School Matters, a group Daley chaired, released a statement saying the organization was "saddened beyond word."</p><p>"While After School Matters has lost its leader," the statement continued, "Chicago’s teens have lost their strongest voice and champion — a true believer in the potential of high school students if only they are offered opportunity and encouragement."</p><p>Maggie Daley is survived by her husband and three children.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483830-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-november/2011-11-25/maggie-daley-2way111125sh.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>WBEZ's Tony Sarabia and Sam Hudzik talk about the former first lady's legacy</strong>.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/remembering-maggie-daley-94360 Maggie Daley dies http://www.wbez.org/content/maggie-daley-dies <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-24/IMG_0080.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://rs.wbez.org/filestore/3/9/8/3_6f1d080874fed7a/3983_alt_27_27eb79465a7bbd7.jpg?v=2011-09-16+13%3A22%3A48" style="width: 630px; height: 354px; " title="Richard Daley and wife Maggie smile after Chicago was named as a candidate to host the 2016 Olympic Games, on June 4, 2008 in Athens, Greece. (File/Getty Images)"></p><p>Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a gracious promoter of the city's cultural and educational programs, has died. She was 68.</p><p><strong>MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/remembering-maggie-daley-94360">Remembering Maggie Daley</a></p><p>Maggie Daley, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died Thursday night, family spokeswoman Jacquelyn Heard told The Associated Press. Daley had been a reserved and dignified presence at her husband's side during his 22 eventful years as mayor.</p><p>Heard said Daley was surrounded by her husband and children when she died just after 6 p.m. CDT.</p><p>"The mayor and his family would like to thank the people of Chicago for the many kindnesses they've shown Mrs. Daley over the years, and they appreciate your prayers during this time," Heard said.</p><p>When she first learned she had breast cancer in June 2002, Daley said she was shocked. "But you pick up and you move on. ... I'm not alone here. There are a lot of people who have experienced this," Daley said in the weeks after the diagnosis.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://rs.wbez.org/filestore/3/9/8/5_5306bb83db2fcbf/3985_alt_30_3dea150de5607d8.jpg?v=2011-09-16+13%3A22%3A49" style="margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: left; width: 325px; height: 283px; " title=" Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary (R) with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (L) and his wife Maggie (2nd from left) visit Cloud Gate in 2009. (File/Getty Images)">The Daleys' daughter, Lally, had moved up her wedding from New Year's Eve to Nov. 17 so her mother could fully participate. The former mayor said his wife had a difficult summer, and a longtime mayoral aide said she had suffered setbacks and was not getting around as much as she normally did.</p><p>When Richard Daley was elected to his first term as Chicago's mayor in 1989, he thanked his wife in his acceptance speech, calling her "the best campaigner in the family." She was with him at the September 2010 news conference when he announced he wouldn't seek another term. He left office in May 2011.</p><p>During his time in office, Richard Daley would routinely tear up when he spoke about his wife. They had met while he was campaigning for the Illinois Senate and were married in 1972. Eventually, their partnership became a steady force for the city during his at-times turbulent two decades at the helm of the nation's third-largest city.</p><p>In the years after the cancer was diagnosed, Maggie Daley was in and out of the hospital. She received chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and had a tumor removed from her right breast.</p><p>By December 2009, doctors said the cancer had spread and Daley had radiation treatment for a cancerous lesion on a bone of her lower right leg. Doctors advised her to use a wheelchair until she finished therapy.</p><p>In March 2010, a titanium rod was inserted into her leg to reduce the risk of fracture after having radiation treatment on the leg.</p><p>All the while, she maintained a public life as Chicago's first lady.</p><p>She was in Millennium Park in 2006 when the city's "Cloudgate" statue was dedicated, calling it the cornerstone of the park.</p><p>"It serves as a gateway to the lakefront and downtown and beautifully captures our signature skyline," she said.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://rs.wbez.org/filestore/3/9/8/7_e9a961cd6dd811a/3987_alt_31_ccb2f4bec8ee202.jpg?v=2011-09-16+13%3A22%3A50" style="border-width: initial; border-color: initial; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; margin-left: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: right; width: 325px; height: 486px; " title=" Princess Mary of Denmark gets a window tour of downtown from Maggie Daley in 2009. (File/Getty Images)"></p><div><p>In 2009, she and more than a dozen athletes headlined a departure party before boarding a flight to Copenhagen where the International Olympic Committee was to decide if Chicago would host the 2016 Summer Games. The committee picked Rio de Janeiro.</p><p>She was active in Gallery 37, which educates and employs young people in the arts, and she was a champion of the educational program After School Matters. She also had held a paid position as president of Pathways Awareness Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to teach parents about disabilities affecting children.</p><p>While her husband could be prickly, particularly with the media, Maggie Daley became a beloved figure. She declined most interview requests, saying she did not want to talk about herself, but she was gracious and smiling with reporters, typically saying only that she was feeling "just fine" when asked about her health. When, for example, her crutches fell to the stage during a rare speech, she simply said, "It's OK, we'll just leave them there," and moved on.</p><p>Born Margaret Corbett, she earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Dayton and held honorary degrees from Columbia College in Chicago and the Catholic Theological Union.</p><p>She is survived by her husband and three children. Her 33-month-old son, Kevin, died of complications related to spina bifida in 1981.</p></div></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 03:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/content/maggie-daley-dies