WBEZ | Richard J. Daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/richard-j-daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en UIC unveils collection of Daley artifacts http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/uic-unveils-collection-daley-artifacts-108187 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Daley Collection_130725_kk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-205334a6-16f2-338c-bfb1-269a0e2158ee">The University of Illinois at Chicago unveiled a collection of documents from Richard J. Daley&rsquo;s 20-plus years as Chicago mayor Wednesday night.</p><p dir="ltr">The archive includes shelves of papers, memorabilia and more than 7,000 photographs.</p><p dir="ltr">It is open to researchers <a href="http://library.uic.edu/daley">by appointment</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">WBEZ&rsquo;s Richard Steele toured the collection with its archivist, Peggy Glowacki.</p><p dir="ltr">To hear about some surprising items in the collection (including a big fish?), listen to the audio above.</p><p><em>Produced by WBEZ&rsquo;s Katie Kather. Kather is an arts &amp; culture reporting intern at WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ktkather">@ktkather</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/uic-unveils-collection-daley-artifacts-108187 Remembering Dr. King in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-21/remembering-dr-king-chicago-105051 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/dr.%20king%20small%20AP.jpg" style="height: 419px; width: 620px;" title="Dr. Martin Luther King addresses a crowd estimated at 70,000 at a civil rights rally in Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1964. (AP/Charles E. Knoblock)" /></div><p>And so, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, a big holiday for furniture sales and discounts. Depending on where you live, you may be able to take advantage of MLK discounts at Broyhill, La-Z-Boy, Ethan Allen and American Mattress.</p><p>In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1966, he came to Chicago.</p><p>The Civil Rights leader rented an apartment on the West Side and led a march of some 700 supporters through the Marquette Park neighborhood, a white ethnic enclave on the Southwest Side, to protest housing segregation. Thousands of jeering, taunting whites had gathered. The mood was ominous. One placard read: &ldquo;King would look good with a knife in his back.&rdquo;</p><p>Someone threw a rock. It struck King on the head. He fell to one knee. He stayed on the ground for several seconds. As he rose, aides and bodyguards surrounded him to protect him from the rocks, bottles and firecrackers that rained down on the demonstrators.<br /><br />Later King said this: &ldquo;I have to do this, expose myself, to bring this hate into the open. I have seen many demonstrators in the South, but I have never seen anything so hostile and so hateful as I&rsquo;ve seen here today in Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p>WELCOME TO CHICAGO . . . RICHARD J. DALEY, MAYOR.</p><p>Daley did not greet King warmly. He did not like outsiders pointing out Chicago&rsquo;s faults. Mayor Daley said this: &ldquo;Maybe he doesn&rsquo;t have all the facts. He is a resident of another city.&rdquo;</p><p>But it was Daley who gave us Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, yes? It happened like this.</p><p>When the Democratic National Convention was on its way to Chicago in 1968, Daley was not, as one might think given the way things had turned out, concerned about the war protesters and other long-haired &ldquo;agitators&rdquo; expected to come to town. One forgets that the people he most feared might upset the convention were blacks. His paranoia was fueled by the devastating West Side riots that had taken place earlier that year in the wake of the April assassination of Dr. King.</p><p>So it was decided that police would pressure black militants and gang members, arresting some and hassling others, getting across the &ldquo;behave or else&rdquo; message. But Daley&rsquo;s savvy dictated a less aggressive maneuver, and on August 1, 1968 the City Council met to placate the black community by renaming a street in honor of King.</p><p>Many descriptions of this meeting have been written. Non better captured it than Mike Royko in <em>Boss</em>, his biography of Daley:</p><blockquote><p>The meeting was remarkable with one administration Alderman after another eulogizing King as a great man, forgetting that they had assailed him when he was alive. Daley himself described his relationship with King as one of great friendship and mutual understanding, claiming that King had told him what a fine job he was doing for the city&rsquo;s blacks.</p><p>The street selected for the name change was South Park Way, which ran through predominantly black sections of the South Side. There were suggestions that the street chosen cut through the whole city (Western Avenue, perhaps), but Daley wouldn&rsquo;t listen. He knew that in white neighborhoods street signs would be defaced or destroyed.</p></blockquote><p>So that is how South Park Way became Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. And today, in Dr. King&rsquo;s honor, Sears has 50 percent off mattresses and Kmart is offering free shipping.</p></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-21/remembering-dr-king-chicago-105051 12-20-1976: Mayor Daley dies http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-12/12-20-1976-mayor-daley-dies-104401 <p><p>This was the Monday before Christmas, the last day before winter, and it was cold in Chicago. A few minutes past two in the afternoon, police began blocking off the streets near Michigan and Chestnut. An ambulance had just arrived. Something big was happening.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-20--Richard%20J.%20Daley.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 328px; float: right;" title="Mayor Richard J. Daley (City of Chicago)" />On the second floor of the building at 900 North Michigan Avenue, Richard J. Daley was dying.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Daley was 74 years old, in his 21st year as Mayor of Chicago. He&rsquo;d been having chest pains over the weekend, and had made an appointment with his doctor. That&rsquo;s where he was now.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The doctor had examined Daley. You have to be admitted to the hospital immediately, he&rsquo;d told Daley. The mayor had phoned one of his sons. Then, while the doctor was busy making hospital arrangements, the mayor had collapsed.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">So now came the paramedics. Now came the police to set up the barricades. Now came the Daley family. Now came the reporters, and the curious public.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">At 3:50 p.m., the mayor was dead.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The news spread swiftly. There was shock and disbelief. Sure, Daley had been sick before. And like everyone else, he was going to die someday. But now? Why now? And what was going to happen to our city? It felt like Chicago had suddenly become an orphan.<div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-20--Daley Memorial Book.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 361px; float: left;" title="Daley Memorial Book (author's collection)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The wake was held at the parish church in Bridgeport the next day. As mayor and Democrat Party leader, Daley had gone to hundreds of wakes. Now his citizens were returning the favor. The doors at Nativity of Our Lord stayed open all night as 100,000 people filed past the open coffin.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Jimmy Carter, president-elect, came for the funeral Mass. So did Vice President Rockefeller, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and other men of power. Then Daley left Chicago for the last time, to be buried in the family plot at Holy Sepulchre in Alsip.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Many plans were made to honor Daley. Some wanted to rename Western Avenue &ndash; the city&rsquo;s longest street &ndash; after the city&rsquo;s longest-serving mayor. An unincorporated village talked of incorporating as Daley, Ill. There was a proposal that a 25-foot statue of the late mayor be erected in the Civic Center plaza. In time, the actual memorials would be more modest.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Mayor Daley.&rdquo; The phrase had become so common, so indivisible. A ten-year-old boy was said to have asked his father, &ldquo;Who&rsquo;s going to be the mayordaley now?&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">One man died, but Chicago lived on. And eventually got a mayordaley named Daley.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-12/12-20-1976-mayor-daley-dies-104401 Taped conversations reveal special relationship between Richard J. Daley and Lyndon B. Johnson http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/taped-conversations-reveal-special-relationship-between-richard-j-daley- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/J. Daley Flick TG4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel won’t be the first Chicago mayor with connections to the White House. <a href="http://mayor.cityofchicago.org/mayor/en/about_the_mayor.html" target="_blank">Richard M. Daley</a> is a political ally of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Daley's was a good friend of John F. Kennedy’s. And Richard J. Daley also had close ties with Lyndon Johnson. In this report,Eight Forty-Eight contributor <a href="http://www.robertloerzel.com/" target="_blank">Robert Loerzel</a> takes a listen to tapes documenting that relationship.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>President Lyndon Johnson recorded more than 9,000 phone calls when he was president. The people on the other end of the line didn’t realize LBJ was recording everything they said, and one of those people was Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.</p><p>LBJ and Daley talked on the phone a lot. The Lyndon B. Johnson Library has almost nine hours of Dictaphone tapes from more than fifty calls between these two men. It includes Daley in 1966, telling Johnson what he thinks about Martin Luther King, Jr.</p><p><em>DALEY: I think we’ve gone a long way with the “good doctor,” Mr. President. He’s not your friend. He’s against you on Vietnam. He’s a goddamn faker.</em></p><p>The tape is scratchy, but Daley’s thoughts about King are loud and clear. “He isn’t your friend,” he tells the president. “He’s a faker,” he says, adding a profanity. Longtime Chicago journalist Richard Ciccone says this tape reveals Daley expressing his true feelings about King.</p><p>“Daley had no use for Martin Luther King, but he could never say that publicly,” Ciccone says. “He thought he was a charlatan and a faker and a power-grabber. He would warn Johnson in private, you know, ‘Don’t trust that guy.’”</p><p>Ciccone wrote about Daley’s relationship with Johnson in his book, <em>Daley: Power and Presidential Politics</em>. He says Daley and LBJ had a special relationship, that they were genuine friends, but they also they also needed each other for political reasons.</p><p>“Johnson, in his Great Society programs, provided Chicago with millions of dollars that really enabled Daley to turn the city around,” Ciccone remembers. “In return, Lyndon Johnson, well, he bought into the myth that Daley had elected Jack Kennedy. Part of his reason for getting so close to Daley was because he thought he needed him.”</p><p>LBJ constantly flattered Mayor Daley.</p><p><em>LBJ: I’m a Dick Daley man…I’m a Daley man myself, first, last and all the time. And I’m for you when you’re wrong. You’re the only thing we got left in this country.</em></p><p>Daley wasn’t a yes man for the president, but he was full of flattery, too.</p><p><em>DALEY: I wanted to talk to you and say to you you’re still a great president and doing a great job.</em></p><p><em>LBJ: Thank you.</em></p><p>One of the things the tapes show is how Daley acted as an intermediary between LBJ and Bobby Kennedy. In 1968, LBJ was getting ready to run for re-election and Daley urged Kennedy not to run for president.</p><p><em>DALEY: And I said that, “I don’t care who it is that’s president. If he wants the nomination of his party, it’s a damn poor party that will not stand behind their president when it comes to delegates in the convention.”</em></p><p>Ciccone says Daley was putting party loyalty above his friendship for the Kennedy family.</p><p>“His brand of politician was…you were just loyal to the party,” Ciccone added. “You were loyal to whoever had the office. And while he liked the Kennedys, personally — Irish-Catholic, you know. Jack Kennedy was his idol, and he would have loved to have seen Robert in the White House. But Lyndon was the president. And Daley felt that kind of loyalty was paramount, even over personal friendship.”<br> <br> Robert Kennedy did end up running for president. Johnson pulled out of the race. Kennedy was assassinated. And in August 1968, protesters and police clashed at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The tapes reveal what LBJ and Daley were saying behind the scenes. On the final night of the convention, LBJ called Daley from his ranch in Texas.</p><p><em>LBJ: We are so proud of you, and you are so tremendous, and Ladybird was here and we placed a call just to tell you that the Good Lord and the…is looking over you and guiding you, and you are the one, uh, great courageous, decent thing that I know in this country.</em></p><p>A week later, they spoke again. Daley said the Chicago police couldn’t hold back when they saw protesters burning American flags.</p><p><em>DALEY: Some of our fellas that are policemen have sons in Vietnam. Some of them lost their boys. So anyone with any American blood when he saw that, they went in and goddamn it, I’ll stand behind them until the end, and they whacked the hell out of them and they raised — they raised the Viet Cong flag. Our fellas tore it down and raised the American flag. Well, what are you gonna do if someone hits you with human manure in the face? You gonna stand there? Or hits you with human — see, they were throwing bags of manure in the face. They were throwing bags of urine. And then they were calling — you should know the language, Mr. President.</em></p><p><em>LBJ: Oh, I know it, I know it…</em></p><p>Daley insisted that the leaders of the protest movement should be prosecuted.</p><p><em>DALEY: If the attorney general will only stand up, we will turn up with a conspiracy on all — and show, and, and, reveal it with documentation and with evidence and fact. We don’t wanna go after anyone on a witch hunt. But gosh darn it, Mr. President, I think these people should be exposed to the entire nation and show what you’ve been up against for the last year and a half when you go about this country. Organized behind it. Commie.</em></p><p>The federal government did prosecute some of the protesters. The Chicago Seven were acquitted of conspiracy. Five were convicted of crossing state lines to incite a riot, but an appellate court threw out those convictions.</p><p>On the morning after the 1968 presidential election, LBJ sounded tired. Republican Richard Nixon had just defeated Democratic Vice President Hubert Humphrey.</p><p><em>LBJ: Well, we put up a good fight, Dick. We did our best…</em></p><p>But Daley was defiant. He said LBJ could’ve won the race if he’d stayed in it. Daley criticized Humphrey for apologizing for the violence in Chicago.</p><p><em>DALEY: You, you woulda breezed in. You would, and I, honest to God, you woulda, you woulda won and — because you presented the thing. You fought. You weren’t pussyfooting. You weren’t — like, he comes out here Friday and makes a talk in which he talks about the convention. And, “We’re all sorry what happened in Chicago.” Well, we’re not sorry. I’m not, I, I — mistakes were made. That’s one thing. But goddamn it, you don’t be reminding an audience of 25 or 30,000, all Democrats, that we regret what happened in the city.</em></p><p>Author Richard Ciccone says the tapes of Daley talking with LBJ are a gold mine of information about both men.</p><p>“It really shows you what a relationship Daley had with the president,” says Ciccone. “The tapes are wonderful to listen to. Give you an insight into history you couldn’t get any other way.”</p><p>Will we get that same sort of insight into the relationship between Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama? It seems likely the two of them will talk on the phone in the months and years ahead. But it’s unlikely we’ll hear tape recordings of it all. For that sort of intimate eavesdropping, it’ll be hard to top the tapes of LBJ and Richard J. Daley.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Lou Busch &amp; His Orchestra, "Street Scene '58", from the CD Ultra Lounge Vol. 4 Bachelor Pad Royale, (Capitol)</em></p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/taped-conversations-reveal-special-relationship-between-richard-j-daley- A guide to Chicago's mayoral inauguration festivities http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-09/guide-chicagos-mayoral-inauguration-festivities-86263 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-09/Rahm_20110125_ScottOlson_Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-09/Rahm shakes hands outside the Berghoff - Bill Healy.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 329px;" title=""></p><p>Rahm Emanuel will be sworn into office on Monday, May 16th as Chicago's 46th mayor.&nbsp; Emanuel, of course, succeeds the retiring Richard M. Daley, who has held office for 22 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Daley's 22-year mayoralty not only means that he's the longest-serving mayor in Chicago's history (outlasting even his father, Richard J. Daley), it also means it's been a really long time since anyone in this city has experienced a mayoral inaugural celebration.</p><p>Not to worry.&nbsp; We've published the list of official inaugural festivities below for your reference.&nbsp;</p><p>The events kick off on Saturday, with a series of events aimed at celebrating Chicago's neighborhoods and its culture.&nbsp; According to the Emanuel campaign, the theme for the inauguration will be togetherness."&nbsp;</p><p>Then on Monday, Emanuel will take oath of office during a ceremony at Millennium Park.&nbsp;</p><p>WBEZ will feature live coverage of the event on-air at 91.5FM and on line here at wbez.org.</p><p><u><strong>Sat, May 14th</strong></u></p><p>9:00am-12:00pm</p><p>The weekend kicks off with a city-wide Day of Service. The Mayor-elect, City Clerk-elect, and Treasurer will join forces with Chicagoans to perform service activities in their neighborhoods and across the city. The Chicago Park District, Friends of the Chicago River, One Good Deed Chicago and Chicago Cares are among the organizations coordinating service projects.</p><p>1:00-4:00pm</p><p>Free family concert at Butler Field in Grant Park.&nbsp; The group, Chicago, will headline, but the event will also feature other artists performing, including JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound.&nbsp; Bring picnics and lawn chairs but no alcohol or glass will be permitted.&nbsp; A ticket will be required for entry, but the admission is free. Tickets are available at <a href="http://www.chicagotogether.org/">www.chicagotogether.org</a></p><p><u><strong>Mon, May 16th</strong></u></p><p>10:30am</p><p>Official inauguration ceremony at the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park, featuring the swearing in of the Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, City Clerk-elect Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Stephanie Neely, and City Council &nbsp; Festivities will begin at 10:30am, though by statute Emanuel won't take the oath of office until Noon. This event is open to the public.</p><p>2:00-4:00pm</p><p>Mayor-elect Emanuel will host an open house on the 5th floor of City Hall from 2pm-4pm following the swearing-in ceremony.&nbsp; In keeping with mayoral tradition, Chicago’s 46th mayor will greet his constituents and members of the public.</p><p>Emanuel named an inauguration committee to plan the festivities - and raised private funds to cover the costs.&nbsp; <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-10/news/ct-met-emanuel-inauguration-20110510_1_emanuel-transition-emanuel-administration-tarrah-cooper">According to the Chicago Tribune</a>, some donors contributed $50,000 toward the cause.&nbsp; Though Emanuel is not required to do so, he pledged to release the names of the donors after the inauguration takes place.</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 17:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-09/guide-chicagos-mayoral-inauguration-festivities-86263 Who's the better Mayor Daley? Richard M. or Richard J.? http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/whos-better-mayor-daley-richard-m-or-richard-j <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Richard M. Daley.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Now that Richard M. Daley has passed officially his father, Richard J.&nbsp;Daley, to become the longest serving mayor in Chicago history, let the great debate begin: &nbsp;Who was the better mayor? &nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-27/Richard M. Daley.JPG" style="width: 499px; height: 328px;" alt="" title="" /></p><p>To the current mayor, there's little doubt.&nbsp; When asked by reporters recently, the younger Daley said his father was the better of the two.</p><p>&quot;He was both mayor and chairman of the Democratic Party. He came out of the Roosevelt era; one man, one party. That was a whole philosophy during the Depression. So that was very instilled and educated in him as a leader in government and politics,&quot;&nbsp;Richard M. Daley said.</p><p>A true assessment will come with the passage of time and ultimately will fall to historians and political scientists to decide.&nbsp; But comparing the two Daleys is more than just a parlor game. &nbsp; Examining the accompliments of the two men creates a fascinating look at the leadership, priorities and challenges facing U.S. cities during the last half century.</p><p>Richard J. Daley was elected in 1955 and became arguably the most powerful mayor in America during his time in office.&nbsp; His influence extended to the White House and the State House, bringing largesse to Chicago that helped construct expressways, public housing high rises, McCormick Place and the modern O'Hare International Airport.&nbsp; Known as a &quot;builder mayor&quot;, he also presided over a major boom in downtown real estate development&nbsp; and led the creation of a new campus for the University of Illinois-Chicago in the city's near west side.</p><p>But the elder Daley's tenure as mayor was not without controversy.&nbsp; Machine politics strengthened and consolidated under his leadership, as did racial and social divisions, symbolized for many by the riots that erupted on the streets of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.</p><p>Even so, University of Illinois-Chicago political scientist Melvin Holli published a 1999 <a href="http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/0-271-01876-3.html">survey ranking the best mayors in American history</a> .&nbsp; Richard J. Daley ranked sixth overall among the 160 historians and political scientists polled.&nbsp;</p><p>More recently, <em>Time</em> magazine published its own list of <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1050214-2,00.html">America's Best Big City Mayors </a>in 2005, which prominently featured the younger Daley.&nbsp; Indeed, Richard M. Daley has been praised and feted widely for his leadership of Chicago during a time in which the transformation from a manufacturing to service-based economy took its toll on many Midwestern cities.</p><p>The younger Daley &quot;has presided over the city's transition from graying hub to vibrant boomtown, with a newly renovated football stadium, an ebbing murder rate, a new downtown park, a noticeable expansion of green space and a skyline thick with construction cranes&quot;, <span>wrote <em>Time </em>in 2005.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span><span>That record, in part, prompted Chicago voters to return him to office time and again during the 1990's and 2000's by overwhelming margins.&nbsp; Daley also has enjoyed near unanimous support in the City Council, support that even outpaces his father's in the legislative chamber.&nbsp; </span></span></p><p><span>Political dominance allowed the younger Daley to push through controversial, ambitious projects such as an overhaul of public housing, the control and reform of Chicago Public Schools, the expansion of O'Hare Airport, and the creation of Millennium Park.&nbsp; </span>Lesser known initiatives like the <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=LVgUw1QafHgC&amp;pg=PA38&amp;lpg=PA38&amp;dq=Daley%2Blibraries%2BRobert+Putnam&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=chj3fC_PXI&amp;sig=FP6l3zs6MYhT6ytJV8QNdgJMsqQ&amp;hl=en&amp;ei=ztoYTYWqNoyksQP3j7DeCg&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=book_result&amp;ct=result&amp;resnum=1&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CBMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">construction and expansion of the city's libraries also have earned widespread praise</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>But Daley's strength also has prompted some notable displays of power, such as the night in March 2003, <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-04-01/news/0304020002_1_meigs-field-mayor-richard-daley-lakefront-airport">when he secretly dispatched bulldozers to Meigs Field </a>under the cover of darkness to close permanently the small lakefront airport.&nbsp; It's since been converted into a public park, with <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/business/2667464-418/park-chicago-district-island-plans.html">new plans for its future</a>.</p><p>In addition, high profile scandals over patronage hiring and clouted contracts have cast a shadow over political corruption under his administration. And the city faces growing concerns about its financial health, as evidenced by budget gaps, debt loads and mounting public pension obligations.</p><p>Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he won't seek another term in office. His current term is set to expire in May 2011.</p><p>But these and other challenges&nbsp; - including improving public schools, economic development and neighborhood safety - will remain.&nbsp; And in that regard, Richard M. Daley's final legacy will be shaped much like his father's was:&nbsp; not just by his own accomplishments, but by those of his successors as well.&nbsp;</p><p>What's your take?&nbsp; Who's the better Daley Mayor - son or father?</p></p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 18:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/whos-better-mayor-daley-richard-m-or-richard-j Richard M. Daley now Chicago's longest-serving mayor http://www.wbez.org/story/mayor/richard-m-daley-now-chicagos-longest-serving-mayor <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6505.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is now the longest-serving mayor the city has ever had. He passed his father, Richard J. Daley.</p><p>The elder Daley died while in office in December, 1976 after serving as mayor for 21 years and 8 months. When asked by reporters, the current mayor said his father was the better mayor out of the two of them.</p><p>&quot;He was both mayor and chairman of the Democratic Party. He came out of the Roosevelt era; one man, one party. That was a whole philosophy during the Depression. So that was very instilled and educated in him as a leader in government and politics,&quot;&nbsp;Richard M. Daley said.</p><p>Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he won't seek another term in office. His current term is set to expire in May 2011.</p></p> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/mayor/richard-m-daley-now-chicagos-longest-serving-mayor