Education is one yardstick by which people measure Mayor Richard M. Daley's level of achievement – on the local or national front. But the final grade you give him often depends on where you're coming from. Many Chicagoans are prone to grumbling – about our city's education system, but also the parking meter deal, the crime – you name it. But to outsiders, Daley is often viewed as the quintessential mayor, a model for leaders of towns big and small – around the world. Evan Osnos
brings a little of both perspectives in his recent profile of the Mayor, which appears in the latest issue of The New Yorker
. Osnos is a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune
– he ended his time there as the paper's Beijing bureau chief.