WBEZ | Former Mayor Richard Daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/former-mayor-richard-daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Judge: Daley can still be sued over alleged police torture http://www.wbez.org/story/judge-daley-can-still-be-sued-over-alleged-police-torture-93714 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100909_shudzik_1750876_No E_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Former Mayor Richard M. Daley is one step closer to being deposed in connection with alleged torture by Chicago police. On Wednesday a Federal judge ruled for the second time that Daley can be sued over alleged police torture.</p><p>The former mayor was the Cook County state's attorney back in the 1980s. That's when Michael Tillman was arrested for murder. Tillman says police under former commander Jon Burge tortured him into confessing. He says they put a gun to his head, poured soda in his nose and choked him with a plastic bag.</p><p>Last year Tillman was exonerated after two decades in jail, and then sued several people he says were connected to the torture, ranging from individual officers to Daley.</p><p>In July, Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled that Daley can be included in Tillman's lawsuit in his capacity as mayor.</p><p>Daley's lawyers appealed, but Wednesday the judge shot them down again. Tillman's lawyers reportedly hope to question the former mayor as soon as next month.</p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/judge-daley-can-still-be-sued-over-alleged-police-torture-93714 Searching for political clout's positive pull http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-10/searching-political-clouts-positive-pull-93002 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-10/4986150349_1bc98c9def_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, the city of <a href="http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/" target="_blank">Chicago’s Inspector General</a> revealed that over $900,000 was given to <a href="http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/" target="_blank">After School Matters</a> or its <a href="http://www.youthreadychicago.org//" target="_blank">KidStart program</a> by entities that received tax increment financing funds. Eyebrows were raised because of the programs' close ties to Maggie Daley, the wife of former Mayor Richard Daley. The Inspector General did not claim that arms were twisted when it came to where or how these charitable donations were made: It was the lack of oversight and the potential for impropriety that concerned him. But does political pull ever translate to something positive--not just for the clouted but for the whole city? For answers, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> reached out to professor<a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/pols/faculty/dicksimpson.html" target="_blank"> Dick Simpson</a>, head of the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and former Chicago alderman.</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-10/searching-political-clouts-positive-pull-93002