Daughter Nora Daley Conroy at times smiled and laughed, and at others dabbed away tears, as aldermen and Mayor
Aldermen noted Maggie Daley’s civic activities, especially her founding and leadership of the After School Matters program. They noted her dignity in living with metastatic
On a tour bus during a trip to Birmingham, England, the mayor was holding forth. Maggie Daley told him, "Sit down Louie, we're not in Chicago anymore, we don't have to listen to this," O'Connor said. The former mayor, he said, smiled and sat down.
O'Connor said he later asked why she called him "Louie," and this is how he recalled her response: "Because every once in a while he thinks he's the king of France and I have to tell him."
Emanuel said the tributes offered at the council meeting were "a testament . . . to how special your mother was to all of us. And as I said just a little over a month ago, Mayor Daley was the head of the city, Maggie was its heart."