WBEZ | Mayor Richard M. Daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayor-richard-m-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 Chicago aldermen stand to get millions in pensions http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-aldermen-stand-get-millions-pensions-98707 <p><p>An analysis of pension fund documents by the Chicago <em>Tribune </em>shows retiring City Council members stand to get millions in benefits thanks to a quiet deal engineered under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p><a href="http://trib.in/K0Nlri">The newspaper reported Tuesday</a> that documents show 21 aldermen who have retired under the plan are in line to get nearly $58 million over their expected lifetimes. But contributions and the likely investment returns are forecast to cover just $19 million — or about a third — of the sum.</p><p>The gap is contributing to the municipal pension plan's $6.7 billion in unfunded liabilities. That's adding to the strain for taxpayers and current and future city employees.</p><p>Legislation creating the plan was tucked into a larger bill signed into state law in 1991 without public vetting.</p></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 10:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-aldermen-stand-get-millions-pensions-98707 City lawyers: Daley to give deposition on torture case http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/city-lawyers-daley-give-deposition-torture-case-98084 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS3083_daleypresser_4-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Lawyers for the former Chicago Mayor say Richard M. Daley will testify under oath about what he knew r<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/potential-burge-settlements-would-get-daley-hook-95565">egarding a Chicago Police torture scandal</a>.</p><div>Lawyers for Daley and one of the alleged victims of torture under former Commander Jon Burge announced the agreement in federal court Tuesday, after months of Daley lawyers fighting the deposition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The two sides are set to meet Thursday to discuss the deposition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"And we think that we are entitiled to question him on all aspects of the torture scandal from 1982 till the time he left has mayor last year," said Flint Taylor, an attorney for Michael Tillman, who was tortured into confessing to a crime he did not commit, then later exonerated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The meeting may address the scope of Daley's deposition and the type of questions he can be asked under oath, according to one of Daley's attorneys.&nbsp;Attorneys for the former mayor would not say when Daley would give testimony.</div><p>Daley was Cook County state's attorney in the 1980s before he became mayor, and Tillman's lawyers say they want to find out what he knew about the Burge torture scandal. But they say Daley and his attorneys had not been cooperating prior to Tuesday's announcement. They filed a motion last month to force Daley to answer questions under oath.<br><br>A lawyer for the city of Chicago said in court last month that the motion was "disingenuous" and said it seemed like an attempt to use Daley's name to generate publicity.</p><p>Burge is now in prison for lying about the torture.</p></p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:07:01 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/city-lawyers-daley-give-deposition-torture-case-98084 Richard Daley to stop traveling to be with wife http://www.wbez.org/story/richard-daley-stop-traveling-be-wife-94344 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/2 rich and mag 5.11 WBEZ.susiean.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has cancelled his travel plans indefinitely to stay with his ailing wife.</p><p>Daley's former top press aide Jacqueline Heard said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that the former mayor planned to fly to Harvard University next week as a visiting fellow. But Heard says Daley decided to cancel because he wants to stay with Maggie Daley, who has been battling metastatic breast cancer since 2002.</p><p>Last week, the couple's daughter, Elizabeth "Lally" Daley, was married after the family decided to move up the wedding by several weeks because of Maggie Daley's health.</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/richard-daley-stop-traveling-be-wife-94344 Daley's security detail to be reviewed http://www.wbez.org/story/daleys-security-detail-be-reviewed-89063 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/Daley face - WBEZ Kate Gardiner.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley could soon have fewer bodyguards to rely on. Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters Tuesday that a security analysis at the end of the summer will decide whether or not Daley still needs protection.<br> <br> "The former mayor's security detail was always designed to be transitional and temporary, and that's how it will be. It will be an evaluation again on security needs towards the end of the summer, but it will be temporary and it's transitional," Emanuel said.<br> <br> Daley currently has five Chicago police officers protecting him and his family. The number was determined by a Chicago Police Department analysis when the former mayor left office. The police department announced Friday that they'd be paring down security for some city leaders, including 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke and Mayor Emanuel.<br> <br> Emanuel said these cuts will save the city $650,000.</p></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/daleys-security-detail-be-reviewed-89063 Poll! Daley, Oprah, ___: Who is the next Chicago icon to fade away? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/poll-daley-oprah-who-next-chicago-icon-fade-away-86723 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/AP110511058882.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/AP110511058882.jpg" title="" width="512" height="284"></p><p>The big Oprah United Center farewell came and went without a hitch (except for the couple that got engaged on stage). The morning reports had Oprah brunching with family and friends, almost like the morning after a big wedding. The shows are being edited now. The dates have been finalized. In one week's time, Oprah Winfrey will end her run as the reigning queen of talk. And more importantly, she may end her run as a Chicago celebrity.<br> <br> Now Oprah will still be around and will produce content for the national audience. But she will instantly belong to the country (or cable television) and not Chicago. It's very much like Mayor Richard M. Daley. He's no longer ours, instead he's owned by history. A new generation of Chicago celebrities are lining up replace them. Out goes Daley, in comes Rahm Emanuel. Out goes Oprah, in comes Billy Dec (or several Billy Decs).</p><p>It seems that not only are we in a changing city, but we are also moving on to a new generation of Chicago celebrities. Out is Jordan, in is Rose. Out is Corgan, in is Wentz. Even our local commercials have new faces. Out is Empire Carpet, in is Walter E. Smithe.</p><p>But as we know, everything happens in threes. It's mostly with deaths, but in this case we just lost (to retirement) Mayor Daley and Oprah Winfrey. So barring death (Empire carpet guy does not count), who is next to go? Who will be the next Chicago celebrity to leave their post and make way for a new generation?</p><p>My guess: <strong>Ozzie Guillen</strong>. Ozzie Guillen is the only coach in modern Chicago history to win a world championship. He crosses over because he is old school as a player and new school as a manager. But if you really think about it, Ozzie is getting long in the tooth. He began his managerial career in 2004. He is now enjoying his seventh season with the Chicago White Sox. Ozzie has brought great joy to the South Side with his flamboyant media appeal and his tenacity in the clubhouse. He is truly one of the greatest characters in Major League Baseball. But the White Sox have a huge payroll and are currently 10 games out of first place. So far, the season has been a bust. Add that up to the last few seasons of failures (and a first round playoff exit) and Guillen is looking pretty pedestrian. After all, it has been six seasons since we won a championship. It was Ditka's seventh season after the 85 Super Bowl that he was let go. And he perenially took the team to the playoffs. But who replaces him?</p><p>Two words: Coach Thibs.</p><p>My second guess: <strong>Charlie Trotter</strong>. Trotter has been the king of all things food in Chicago for decades. He brought the culinary industry to town and introduced the world to Chicago. But that was then and this is now. Trotter is famous. And he is using that fame to cash in, with food on airlines and in grocery stores. As he goes global, young turks like Achatz (Alinea, Aviary, Next), Kahn (Publican, Big Star, Blackbird, Avec) and Stephanie Izard (The Girl &amp; The Goat) are staking their claim to the Chicago celebrity chef throne. Could this be the end for Charlie Trotter in Chicago?</p><p>So in true blog fashion, let's try to predict who will be the next Chicago celebrity/icon to move on:</p><p><script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/5061582.js"></script><noscript> <a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/5061582/">Who's next to give up their Chicago celeb/icon status?</a><span style="font-size:9px;"><a href="http://polldaddy.com/features-surveys/">customer surveys</a></span> </noscript></p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 18:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/poll-daley-oprah-who-next-chicago-icon-fade-away-86723 Audio transcript of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's inaugural address http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/audio-transcript-chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuels-inaugural-address-86605 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Emanuel Inauguration 1_Bill Healy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-16/Emanuel Inauguration 1_Bill Healy.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 373px;" title="(Photo by Bill Healy)" /></p><p>Listen to audio Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s oath of office and inaugural address at Millennium Park:</p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/Rahm%20oath%20and%20speech.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-106512" player="null">Rahm oath and speech.mp3</span></p><p>A written transcript of his prepared remarks is listed below:</p><p style="text-align: center;">*****</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s Inaugural Address</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>May 16, 2011</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Remarks as prepared</em></p><p>Honored guests, Mr. Vice President, Dr. Biden, Mayor Daley, First Lady Maggie Daley, Members of the City Council and other elected officials, residents and friends of Chicago.</p><p>Today, more than any other time in our history, more than any other place in our country, the city of Chicago is ready for change.</p><p>For all the parents who deserve a school system that expects every student to earn a diploma; for all the neighbors who deserve to walk home on safer streets; for all the taxpayers who deserve a city government that is more effective and costs less; and for all the people in the hardest-working city in America who deserve a strong economy so they can find jobs or create jobs -- this is your day.&nbsp;</p><p>As your new mayor, it is an honor to fight for the change we need and a privilege to lead the city we love.</p><p>We have much to do, but we should first acknowledge how far we have come.&nbsp;</p><p>A generation ago, people were writing Chicago off as a dying city. They said our downtown was failing, our neighborhoods were unlivable, our schools were the worst in the nation, and our politics had become so divisive we were referred to as Beirut on the Lake.</p><p>When Richard M. Daley took office as mayor 22 years ago, he challenged all of us to lower our voices and raise our sights.&nbsp; Chicago is a different city today than the one Mayor Daley inherited, thanks to all he did. This magnificent place where we gather today is a living symbol of that transformation.</p><p>Back then, this was an abandoned rail yard.&nbsp; A generation later, what was once a nagging urban eyesore is now a world-class urban park.&nbsp; Through Mayor Daley&#39;s vision, determination and leadership, this place, like our city, was reborn.</p><p>We are a much greater city because of the lifetime of service that Mayor Daley and First Lady Maggie Daley have given us.&nbsp;</p><p>Nobody ever loved Chicago more or served it better than Richard Daley.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, Mr. Mayor, and forevermore, Chicago loves you back.</p><p>I have big shoes to fill.&nbsp; And I could not have taken on this challenge without Amy, my first love and our new First Lady, and our children, Zacharia, Ilana, and Leah.&nbsp;</p><p>And I want to thank my parents, who gave me the opportunity to get a good education and whose values have guided me through life.</p><p>I also want to thank President Obama, who turned our nation around and who loves Chicago so much, he understood why I wanted to come home to get our city moving again.</p><p>New times demand new answers; old problems cry out for better results. This morning, we leave behind the old ways and old divisions and begin a new day for Chicago.&nbsp; I am proud to lead a city united in common purpose and driven by a common thirst for change.</p><p>To do that, we must face the truth.&nbsp; It is time to take on the challenges that threaten the very future of our city: the quality of our schools, the safety of our streets, the cost and effectiveness of city government, and the urgent need to create and keep the jobs of the future right here in Chicago.</p><p>The decisions we make in the next two or three years will determine what Chicago will look like in the next twenty or thirty.</p><p>In shaping that future, our children, and their schools, must come first.&nbsp;</p><p>There are some great success stories in our schools -- wonderful, imaginative teachers and administrators, who pour their hearts into their mission and inspire students to learn and succeed.&nbsp; I honor these educators.&nbsp; I want to lift them up, support them and make them the standard for the Chicago Public Schools.</p><p>But let us also recognize the magnitude of the challenge and the distance we must go before we can declare that the Chicago Public Schools are what they should be.</p><p>Today, our school system only graduates half of our kids.&nbsp; And with one of the shortest school days and school years in the country, we even shortchange those who earn a diploma.&nbsp; By high school graduation, a student in Houston has been in the classroom an equivalent of three years longer than a student in Chicago even when both started kindergarten on the very same day.&nbsp;</p><p>Our legislature in Springfield has taken an historic first step, and I want to personally thank Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, Speaker Mike Madigan, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, and all those in the Illinois General Assembly, members from both parties, who took this courageous and critical vote.&nbsp; Finally, Chicago will have the tools we need to give our children the schools they deserve.&nbsp;</p><p>A longer school day -- and year -- on par with other major cities. And reformed tenure to help us keep good teachers and pay them better.&nbsp;</p><p>Each child has one chance at a good education. Every single one of them deserves the very best we can provide.</p><p>I am encouraged that the Governor will act soon to make these reforms a reality for our children.</p><p>To lead our efforts in Chicago, we have a courageous new schools CEO, and a strong and highly qualified new school board, with zero tolerance for the status quo and a proven track record of results to back it up.&nbsp;</p><p>As some have noted, including my wife, I am not a patient man.&nbsp; When it comes to improving our schools, I will not be a patient mayor.</p><p>My responsibility is to provide our children with highly qualified and motivated teachers and I will work day and night to meet that obligation.&nbsp;</p><p>But let us be honest.&nbsp; For teachers to succeed, they must have parents as partners.&nbsp; To give our children the education they deserve, parents must get off the sidelines and get involved.&nbsp; The most important door to a child&#39;s education, is the front door of the home.&nbsp; And nothing I do at the schools can ever replace that.&nbsp; Working together, we will create a seamless partnership, from the classroom to the family room, to help our children learn and succeed.</p><p>We will do our part.&nbsp; And parents, we need you to do yours.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Second, we must make our streets safer.&nbsp;</p><p>Chicago has always had the build of a big city with the heart of a small town.&nbsp; But that heart is being broken as our children continue to be victims of violence. Some in their homes.&nbsp; Some on their porches.&nbsp; Some on their way to and from school.&nbsp;</p><p>During the campaign I visited a memorial in Roseland, one that lists names of children who have been killed by gun violence.&nbsp; This memorial is only a few years old.&nbsp; But with two hundred and twenty names, it has already run out of space.&nbsp; There are 150 more names yet to be added.</p><p>I want you to think about that.&nbsp; Think about what it means.</p><p>Memorials are society&#39;s most powerful tribute to its highest values -- courage, patriotism, sacrifice.&nbsp; What kind of society have we become when we find ourselves paying tribute not only to soldiers and police officers for doing their job, but to children who were just playing on the block?&nbsp; What kind of society have we become when the memorials we build are to the loss of innocence and the loss of childhood?</p><p>That memorial does more than mourn the dead.&nbsp; It shames the living.&nbsp; It should prod all of us -- every adult who failed those kids -- to step in, stand up and speak out.</p><p>We cannot look away or become numb to it.&nbsp; Kids belong in our schools, on our playgrounds and in our parks, not frozen in time on the side of a grim memorial.</p><p>Our new police chief understands this.&nbsp; As a beat officer on the force who worked his way through the ranks, and the leader of a department who dramatically reduced violent crime, he is the right man at the right time for the right job.</p><p>But here too, like with our schools, partnership is key.&nbsp; The police cannot do it alone.&nbsp; It&#39;s not enough to bemoan violence in our neighborhoods.&nbsp; Those who have knowledge and information that can help solve and prevent crimes have to come forward and help.&nbsp; Together, we can make all of our streets, in every neighborhood, safer.</p><p>Third, we must put the city of Chicago&#39;s financial house in order, because we cannot do any of these things if we squander the resources they require.&nbsp;</p><p>From the moment I began my campaign for mayor, I have been clear about the hard truths and tough choices we face:&nbsp;&nbsp; we simply can&#39;t afford the size of city government that we had in the past.&nbsp; And taxpayers deserve a more effective and efficient gvernment than the one we have today.</p><p>Our city&#39;s financial situation is difficult and profound.&nbsp; We cannot ignore these problems one day longer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s not just a matter of doing more with less.&nbsp; We must look at every aspect of city government and ask the basic questions: Do we need it?&nbsp; Is it worth it?&nbsp; Can we afford it?&nbsp; Is there a better deal?</p><p>While we are not the first government to face these tough questions, it is my fervent hope that we become the first to solve them.&nbsp; The old ways no longer work.&nbsp; It is time for a new era of responsibility and reform.</p><p>I reject how leaders in Wisconsin and Ohio are exploiting their fiscal crisis to achieve a political goal.&nbsp; That course is not the right course for Chicago&#39;s future.</p><p>However, doing everything the same way we always have is not the right course for Chicago&#39;s future, either.&nbsp; We will do no favors to our city employees or our taxpayers if we let outdated rules and outmoded practices make important government services too costly to deliver.</p><p>I fully understand that there will be those who oppose our efforts to reform our schools, cut costs and make government more effective. Some are sure to say, &ldquo;This is the way we do things -- we can&#39;t try something new&rdquo; or &ldquo;Those are the rules -- we can&#39;t change them.&rdquo;</p><p>This is a prescription for failure that Chicago will not accept.&nbsp; Given the challenges we face, we need to look for better and smarter ways to meet our responsibilities.&nbsp; So when I ask for new policies, I guarantee, the one answer I will not tolerate is: &ldquo;We&#39;ve never done it that way before.&rdquo;</p><p>Chicago is the city of &ldquo;yes, we can&rdquo; -- not &ldquo;no, we can&#39;t.&rdquo; From now on, when it comes to change, Chicago will not take no for an answer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, we need to make Chicago the best place in America to start a business, create good jobs, and gain the knowledge and skills to fill the jobs of tomorrow. Chicago lost 200,000 residents during the last decade.&nbsp; No great city can thrive by shrinking.&nbsp; The best way to keep people from leaving is to attract the jobs that give them a good reason to stay.&nbsp; The jobs of tomorrow will go to those cities that produce the workforce of tomorrow.</p><p>So, we must make sure that every student who graduates from our high schools has the foundation for a good career or the opportunity to go to college. We must pass the Illinois Dream Act, so the children of undocumented immigrants have the chance to go to college.&nbsp; And we must make sure our city colleges are graduating students that businesses want to hire.&nbsp; If Chicago builds a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, the businesses and jobs of the future will beat a path to our city.</p><p>Stronger schools.&nbsp; Safer streets. An effective and affordable government. Good-paying jobs.&nbsp; These are the fundamental challenges confronting our city.&nbsp; If we can get these things right, nothing can stop Chicago.&nbsp; And people will come to see a city on the move.</p><p>And we can only get them right by working together.&nbsp; I pledge to you today, that&#39;s exactly what we&#39;re going to do.</p><p>City Council members, new and old -- I reach out a hand of mutual respect and cooperation and I welcome your ideas for change.&nbsp;</p><p>That also goes for businesses large and small, and all of our labor unions.&nbsp; It goes for organizations from every neighborhood, and our charitable and academic institutions.&nbsp; All of us have a role to play in writing Chicago&#39;s next chapter.&nbsp; And anyone open to change will have a seat at the table.&nbsp;</p><p>Together, we can renew and strengthen our city -- community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, business by business and block by block.</p><p>None of what we must overcome will be easy, but in my heart I know this:&nbsp; The challenges for the city of Chicago are no match for the character of the people of Chicago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>I believe in our city.&nbsp; I believe in our city because I know who we are and what we&#39;re made of -- the pride of every ethnic, religious, and economic background, and nearly three million strong.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Almost 140 years ago, a great fire devastated Chicago.&nbsp; Some thought we would never recover.&nbsp; An entire city had to be rebuilt from the ground up -- and it was.&nbsp; That is how we earned the title of the Second City.</p><p>Less than 100 years later, portions of our city burned once again.&nbsp; They were ignited by the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the injustices he fought to overcome.</p><p>Chicago still bears some of the scars from that time.&nbsp; And while, there is still work to do, we have made substantial progress.</p><p>Look at the three of us being sworn in today.&nbsp; Treasurer Stephanie Neely and Clerk Susana Mendoza.&nbsp; Both are superb public servants who represent the best of our city.&nbsp; They are among a new generation of smart and capable civic leaders.</p><p>I think it is fair to say, we are not our parent&#39;s Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>An African-American whose family came from Grenada, Mississippi in the great migration north; a daughter of immigrants who came from Mexico; a son of an Israeli immigrant from Tel Aviv and grandson of immigrants from Eastern Europe.&nbsp; Our parents and grandparents came not just to any American city. They came to America&#39;s city.&nbsp; They came to Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>The three of us have achieved something our parents never imagined in their lifetimes. And while our three families traveled different paths, they came to the same united city for a simple reason - because this is the city where dreams are made.</p><p>Over the next four years, we have schools to fix.&nbsp;</p><p>Over the next four years, we have streets to make safe.&nbsp;</p><p>Over the next four years, we have a government to transform and businesses and jobs to attract.&nbsp;</p><p>But above all, let&#39;s never forget the dream.&nbsp; The dream that has made generation after generation of Chicagoans come here and stay here.&nbsp;</p><p>I am confident in Chicago&#39;s future because I have seen it in the eyes of our schoolchildren and heard it in their voices.&nbsp;</p><p>I saw it:</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the Whitney Young kids who took first place in our state&#39;s academic decathlon and third place in the Division 1 national championship.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the five high school students from Kenwood Academy who won the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships - the highest number in any Chicago Public School.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the Simeon High School basketball team that just won back-to-back state championships and showed us what they are made of throughout the season.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the graduates at Urban Prep Academy, a high school for African-American males, which for the second year in a row is sending 100% of its students to a four-year college.&nbsp;</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the sophomores at Englewood High School who reached the semi-finals in the spoken word contest.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In Jeremy Winters, a junior at Simeon who started his own after-school arts program, which is now a model for Chicago.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In Martell Ruffin, the young man I met at an el-stop who after a full day of school, spends several hours at the Joffrey Ballet School.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the young man who led us in the pledge today, DeJuan Brown, a child I met on the campaign.&nbsp; He was struggling in school, became interested in public service, got more serious about his studies and now he is getting As and Bs.</p><p>And I saw it in Brian Reed, the tenth-grader who gave me a tour of Ralph Ellison High School.</p><p>Shortly after I met Brian, I learned that he had been attacked at his bus stop by four young men who had beaten and robbed him.&nbsp; He was injured so badly, he was hospitalized.</p><p>When I heard the news, I reached out to his principal.&nbsp; Days later, his teacher delivered a letter from Brian.</p><p>Brian wrote:&nbsp; &#39;I am doing fine now and (I&#39;m) back in school.&nbsp; My attendance is good and I try very hard here.&nbsp; I just wanted to tell you thanks for checking on me.&#39;</p><p>Despite obstacles, our children, children like Brian, just keep on working and never stop dreaming.&nbsp; There is no doubt the children of Chicago have what it takes.&nbsp; The question is, do we?&nbsp; Will we do our part?</p><p>For the next generation of Chicagoans, let us roll up our sleeves and take on the hard work of securing Chicago&#39;s future.&nbsp;</p><p>Our problems are large, but so is our capacity to solve them -- only if all those who profess a love for this City of Big Shoulders are willing to bear the responsibility for keeping it strong.</p><p>So today, I ask of each of you -- those who live here, and those who work here; business and labor: Let us share the necessary sacrifices fairly and justly.&nbsp;</p><p>If everyone will give a little, no one will have to give too much.</p><p>And together, we will keep faith with future generations, and the visionaries of our past, who built on the shores of Lake Michigan a city where dreams are made.</p><p>Thank you.&nbsp; God bless you.&nbsp; And God bless the city of Chicago.</p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/Rahm%20oath%20and%20speech.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-106512" player="null">Rahm oath and speech.mp3</span></p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 17:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/audio-transcript-chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuels-inaugural-address-86605 Rahm Emanuel becomes Chicago's 46th mayor http://www.wbez.org/story/rahm-emanuel-becomes-chicagos-46th-mayor-86598 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Rahm Emanuel Oath2_Getty_Frank Polich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Declaring that Chicago is ready for change, Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office Monday, becoming the 46th mayor in Chicago's history and the first Jewish resident to occupy the office.</p><p>Nearly all of Chicago's top elected officials were on hand for the occasion, as were Vice President Joe Biden and several U.S. cabinet secretaries.&nbsp; The event also featured the swearing in of Chicago's new City Council, City Clerk Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Stephanie Neely.</p><p>During his inaugural address, Emanuel praised outgoing mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife, Maggie, for their lifetime of service, but declared that serious challenges lie ahead.</p><p>"We must face the truth," he said. "It is time to take on the challenges that threaten the very future of our city: the quality of our schools, the safety of our streets, the cost and effectiveness of city government, and the urgent need to create and keep the jobs of the future right here in Chicago."</p><p>Emanuel placed schools atop his list of priorities and vowed to push for quick, effective change - even poking fun at his own high-strung reputation in the process.</p><p>"As some have noted, including my wife, I am not a patient man," he joked. "When it comes to improving our schools, I will not be a patient mayor."</p><p>As Emanuel went on to highlight challenges in reducing crime and the city's mounting financial difficulties, he vowed to work together with all of the city's many constituents.&nbsp; But he also issued a challenge.</p><p>"So today, I ask each of you - those who live here, and those who work here; business and labor: Let us share the necessary sacrifices fairly and justly," said Emanuel.</p><p><strong>The journey to today</strong></p><p>The inauguration ceremonies took place in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, a park which became one of the signature achievements of his predecessor, the retiring mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>Emanuel's inauguration capped a whirlwind - and largely unexpected turn of events - that began with an <a href="http://www.charlierose.com/view/content/10971">appearance Emanuel made on PBS' <em>Charlie Rose</em></a> in April of last year during which the then-White House chief of staff publicly revealed his interest in becoming mayor of Chicago one day.</p><p>The comment made national news and stirred the political dust in the Windy City, but the speculation soon dissipated as most seasoned political observers expected then-Mayor Richard M. Daley to seek a seventh term in office.&nbsp; Little did most people know that Daley would stun the political world in September 2010 by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/chicago-mayor-richard-daley-will-not-seek-re-election">announcing his current term would be his last</a>.</p><p>Daley's decision not to seek re-election set off a scramble to fill the office he came to occupy for 22 years and created a political vacuum which Emanuel raced to fill.&nbsp; Within weeks, he'd stepped down as White House Chief of Staff and was given a presidential send-off that was carried live on local and national television outlets.</p><p>While the list of names of potential mayoral candidates stretched into the dozens, Emanuel's name was always on the short list of top contenders given his political and fundraising skills.&nbsp; In the end, just six candidates remained on the ballot, though it was unclear for weeks whether Emanuel would be one of them.</p><p>During much of the fall, Emanuel fended off a series of legal battles that focused on whether he was eligible to run for mayor.&nbsp; At issue was whether he met the minimum one-year residency requirement to be allowed on the ballot.&nbsp; The battle became a centerpiece of the election campaign until the <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-27/politics/emanuel.ballot_1_residency-ruling-elections-decision?_s=PM:POLITICS">Illinois Supreme Court ultimately ruled</a> in his favor, just a few weeks before&nbsp; the February municipal elections.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On Election Day, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-02-22/rahm-emanuel-be-chicagos-next-mayor-82747">Emanuel won a sweeping victory, winning a majority of votes cast</a> and avoiding a run-off, reflecting strength in all corners of the city.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>A return to elected office</strong></p><p>The election not only marked a changing of the guard for Chicago, but it also marked a return to elected public office for Emanuel. &nbsp; Previously, he served for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the legendary 5th congressional district on the city's north side. While in office, he earned a national reputation as a key architect of the Democrats successful strategy to regain control of Congress in 2006.&nbsp; Emanuel then left Congress in 2009 to serve as Chief of Staff to newly-elected President Barack Obama.</p><p>The move wasn't the first time Emanuel left the Chicago area to serve a president.&nbsp; He worked as fundraiser and key advisor to Democrat Bill Clinton during Clinton's 1992 campaign for the presidency and for most of his two terms in office thereafter.&nbsp; It was his work in the Clinton administration on such projects as the passage of the NAFTA treaty that earned him a reputation as a highly effective and fearsome political operator.&nbsp;</p><p>But Emanuel's beginnings in politics can be traced back to the man he succeeds as mayor, Richard M. Daley.&nbsp;&nbsp; He worked as a fundraiser for Daley, helping him win election to office in 1989.&nbsp; That experience and those connections helped pave the way for his career since.</p><p>"I have big shoes to fill," Emanuel said Monday. "Nobody ever loved Chicago more or served it better than Richard Daley."</p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/rahm-emanuel-becomes-chicagos-46th-mayor-86598 Great (and not so great) moments in mayoral inauguration history http://www.wbez.org/story/great-and-not-so-great-moments-mayoral-inauguration-history-86575 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Chicago Flag_Flickr_PaxPuig.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel was sworn in as Chicago's mayor on Monday, the first inauguration of a new mayor in this city in more than two decades. Emanuel has been inaugurated before (to Congress), and has attended his fair share of inaugurations as a politician, but this is the first time all the attention will be on him.</p><p>We perused some of Chicago’s previous mayoral inaugurations to find the lessons to be learned from the triumphs and mistakes of past Chicago mayors.</p><p><strong>Be able to predict the future</strong></p><p>Roswell B. Mason, mayor during the Great Chicago Fire, ironically said very little about the fire department during his speech (it was typical at the time to pontificate about the status of important city departments). Mason included only one sentence on the subject, saying, “The Fire Department, I believe, is well disciplined, prompt and reliable, and justly merits the high appreciation in which it is held by the public.”</p><p>Mason was later kicked out of office by Joseph Medill (yes, the Medill who was co-owner and managing editor of the&nbsp;Chicago Tribune) who aligned himself with the newly formed “Fireproof“ party. Unsurprisingly, Medill had a hard time in office; dealing with a crumbling city, he did not finish out the last three and a half months of his term, and departed for Europe on a sick leave.</p><p><strong>Invite a wide variety of guests</strong></p><p>When he was first elected to office in 1989, the currently departing mayor Richard M. Daley was criticized by an Alderman for not inviting an ethnically diverse group of Chicagoans to his festivities, with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1989/04/25/us/daley-takes-helm-as-chicago-mayor.html">The New York Times&nbsp;reporting that</a>&nbsp;“A relatively small proportion of the guests in the vast hall were black.” Saul Bellow was invited though, and made remarks.</p><p>In contrast, Harold Washington, the city’s first black mayor, declared his inauguration the “people’s ceremony.” He featured “music, prayer and poetry, which emphasized the city’s ethnic, religious and racial pluralism and the grassroots support that swept him into office,”&nbsp;<a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=n_5VAAAAIBAJ&amp;sjid=UeIDAAAAIBAJ&amp;pg=5068,7080284&amp;dq=chicago+mayor+history+inauguration&amp;hl=en">The Los Angeles Times&nbsp;reported.</a>&nbsp;He included readings by Studs Terkel and Illinois poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as prayers from a variety of religious communities. To top it all off, a multi-ethnic children’s choir sang both Spanish and black national hymn.</p><p><strong>Be careful where you stand</strong></p><p>During Mayor Francis C. Sherman’s celebration, three citizens were injured by standing in front of a cannon that discharged as part of the celebration.<img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-16/File Alexanderloyd.jpeg" style="margin: 7px; float: right;" title=""></p><p><strong>Don’t expect your constituents to respect you just because you’re now mayor</strong></p><p>On March 9, 1840, Chicago's fourth mayor, Alexander Loyd, delivered the first mayoral inaugural address on which archival evidence still exists. Just because it was the first doesn’t mean it was well received; popular newspaper of the time&nbsp;The Chicago Democrat&nbsp;didn't even mention it (despite the fact that Alexander was a democrat), while a Whig Party newspaper said Alexander's inauguration speech which “considering his embarrassing situation and that he was probably totally unaccustomed to public speaking, was as appropriate and well as could have been expected."</p><p><strong>If you want to get your picture taken with the Mayor, it might not happen the way you expect</strong>James J. Laski, a former city clerk who was convicted in 2006&nbsp;for stealing tens of thousands of dollars in bribes as part of the Hired Trucking Scandal, got more than he expected when he met with Mayor Richard M. Daley on inauguration day.In Laski’s book, he&nbsp;writes of being told by Mayor Daley’s office that he and his family might not be able to get their picture taken with the Mayor on inauguration day because of a scheduling conflict. Instead, they all ended up getting their picture taken with the Mayor and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who was then running for President. The kicker: Laski’s son accidentally said congratulations to the Senator instead of Daley.</p><p><strong>Don’t assume history will remember your inauguration very well</strong></p><p>It’s unclear when the exact date of Mayor Francis C. Sherman’s inauguration was; though the civilian injuries occurred on March 4, Sherman did not file his oath of office until the 6th&nbsp;of 1841, and his speech was not published in the paper until the 10th.</p><p><strong>There’s always next year (or a few years after</strong>)</p><p>Many of our mayors got to experience inauguration in non-consecutive terms, a practice that appears more common earlier in Chicago’s political history. Benjamin Wright&nbsp;Raymond skipped a turn, serving from&nbsp;1839–1840 and then from 1842–1843, and he’s one of many. But most impressive is Francis C. Sherman: he skipped 20 years between two of his terms.</p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 04:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/great-and-not-so-great-moments-mayoral-inauguration-history-86575 Daley biographer takes measure of the man http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-05-13/daley-biographer-takes-measure-man-86516 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-13/Daley_Gill.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-13/Daley_Gill.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" title=""></p><p>When Chicago resident Keith Koeneman turned 40 a few years ago, he used the moment, as many do, to take stock of his life.&nbsp; And he realized he was truly happy – except for one thing:&nbsp; He hadn’t written the book he’d always wanted to write, a biography of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>It was then Koeneman decided to put his finance career on the back burner and dive head-first into the life and legacy of the man who has been Chicago’s mayor for 22 years.&nbsp; He’s been researching ever since, having spoken with dozens of Daley’s closest associates and fiercest critics.</p><p>Koeneman isn’t an academic or a journalist, but he’s a longtime student of politics and boasts graduate degrees from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Northwestern University’s School of Law, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.</p><p>Late last year, we spoke about the Daley legacy – and the challenges inherent in chronicling it.</p><p>Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation:</p><p><strong>One thing that’s often said about the Mayor and the Daley family as a whole is that they’re very protective of their privacy.&nbsp; So how do you go about trying to tell this story and get people to talk to you in truly insightful and revealing ways?</strong></p><p>You know, I’m Catholic, which might not sound like that would be relevant, but it’s very, very relevant.&nbsp; A lot of the people I meet with are professionals and so they’re formal, but as soon as I tell them I’m Catholic, their whole body language changes.&nbsp; Catholicism in Chicago politics is important – it’s very, very important.&nbsp; And quite frankly, a lot of people I talk to say “Oh, you’re a Polish-Catholic kid from Chicago and you’re not a journalist, OK, I’ll talk to you.”</p><p><strong>Really?</strong></p><p>Yeah, and these are people whose entire lives are spent making judgments about other people - and they make judgments about me in 30 seconds. If they think I’m a good guy, they tell their buddies, “He’s a good guy, talk to him”, and if they don’t think I’m not a good guy, they tell their buddies “Stay away from him”.&nbsp; And so far, over 90 people have talked with me.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-13/AP080401015054-daley Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="(File/AP)"><strong>You’re deep in the middle of the writing and researching process. What insights have you uncovered, and what are the things that have surprised you about Mayor Richard M. Daley?</strong></p><p>His father (Richard J. Daley) was an incredibly talented man – and I think that’s true whether you agree with his policies or don’t agree with his policies.&nbsp;&nbsp; His father was a hugely talented person who literally dominated a city of 3 million people.&nbsp;</p><p>And so Rich grew up in that shadow, which is a large shadow.&nbsp; He wasn’t the greatest student at Nativity of our Lord; he wasn’t the most talented basketball player at De La Salle.&nbsp; You know, he wasn’t very charismatic - he actually ran for Class President at De La Salle and lost. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>And so there were low expectations for Rich Daley as a kid, but [he had] a father who was extremely competent and domineering.&nbsp; Many of us want to please our parents, and that is a deeply true thing about Rich Daley.</p><p><strong>In what respect?</strong></p><p>In the respect of literally spending a lifetime doing things that his dad would approve of:&nbsp; That if he was a good State’s Attorney, his dad would approve.&nbsp; That if he built Millennium Park, his dad would approve.</p><p><strong>And in some cases, addressing blemishes on his father’s record.</strong></p><p>I think that’s very true.&nbsp; This is my personal opinion, and some people disagree, but I think Rich Daley is a master of political calculus [and] is truly brilliant in terms of politics.&nbsp; He knows better than anyone what his father’s strengths and weaknesses are, and three clear weaknesses in terms of Richard J. Daley’s 21 years as mayor including: race relations, public schools and public housing.&nbsp;</p><p>And Rich Daley has spent his entire [mayoral] career focusing on race relations, trying to fix schools and trying to fix housing. &nbsp;It’s like he’s trying to finish the unfinished business of the Daley family – and his father would be very proud of that if he were alive.<img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-13/AP050831025825-Daley-and-Heard-Brian-Kersey.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 7px; float: right;" title=""></p><p><strong>You said a moment ago that Rich Daley is a brilliant politician.&nbsp; What is it that makes him brilliant?</strong></p><p>Well, one of Daley’s first Chiefs of Staff, Forrest Claypool, said that [Daley] has the best political instincts of anyone he’s ever met &nbsp;- and Claypool has met a lot of politicians, including the President of the United States.&nbsp;</p><p>Rich Daley’s first reaction to an issue will almost always be the right political reaction, because he has sort of an ‘everyman’ sense.&nbsp; That’s something you can’t teach.&nbsp; Either you have that, or you don’t.</p><p><strong>Given all of that, what’s your reaction to Mayor Daley’s decision not to seek a seventh term in office?</strong></p><p>I think it’s a truly historic, unprecedented decision – and I’m using the word historic precisely.&nbsp; I went back and I looked at all the mayors of Chicago since roughly the 1870’s, starting with Carter Harrison Sr.&nbsp; Of the 16 important mayors going back to 1870, no one has ever done this before.&nbsp; Rich Daley is the first sitting mayor to ever voluntarily retire from office.</p><p>Of the 16, nine ran for re-election and lost. One basically had a nervous breakdown in office and couldn’t finish his term (Joseph Medill).&nbsp; Four either died in office or were assassinated – the assassinations were Carter Harrison Sr. and Anton Cermak.&nbsp; One got pushed out of office by the Machine as a sitting mayor based on his progressive racial views (Ed Kelly), and Rich Daley is the only one who voluntarily retired from office.</p><p><strong>That’s astonishing to think about.</strong></p><p>It is astonishing – and I think because Rich Daley started his early life with people having low expectations of him, he has a certain sense of humility.&nbsp; Again, people may be surprised to hear me say that, but I think it’s true.&nbsp;</p><p>When Rich Daley announced he wasn’t going to run again and they said “Who are you going to pick?”, and he said “That’s up to the voters to decide. I have faith in the voters”, he was being honest.&nbsp; And since 1870, no other mayor in the history of Chicago has looked himself in the mirror and said “This city can go on without me”.&nbsp; Rich Daley is the first guy to do that.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="287" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-13/Daley Last Council Meeting_M Spencer Green.jpg" title="" width="512"></p></p> Fri, 13 May 2011 18:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-05-13/daley-biographer-takes-measure-man-86516