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Richard M. Daley now Chicago's longest-serving mayor

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is now the longest-serving mayor the city has ever had. He passed his father, Richard J. Daley.

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.

"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," Richard M. Daley said.

Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he won't seek another term in office. His current term is set to expire in May 2011.

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