paid tribute to
on Wednesday, with Commissioner
remembering his late sister-in-law and the impact she had on Chicagoans.
“She was a hope to people, she affected peoples’ lives,” Daley said. “Today, I met a woman who just said to me, she gave me hope. I’m living with
, I fight this every single day and I saw her go through it.”
Maggie Daley was 68 when she died on Thanksgiving evening, with former Mayor
and her family at her side. She had been treated for metastatic
She is perhaps best known for her work with After School Matters, a nonprofit she founded to provide various programs for Chicago children after classes are done for the day. The organization had its roots in Gallery 37, which Maggie Daley co-founded as an art program in 1991 in a vacant lot in the Loop. Mrs. Daley also was an advocate for the city's museums and other cultural institutions, and many arts patrons have said she pushed her husband to be more supportive of them.
has said he is talking with the Daley family to try to figure out the best way to permanently acknowledge what she meant to Chicago. Renaming the
is a possibility. A women's cancer center at
already bears her name. And DePaul University christened a building in its downtown campus after her and her husband.
The commissioner described his sister-in-law as someone who was the last to leave Christmas parties, and that she was one always encouraging others to dance to the end.
“That’s how I’ll remember her, the love, her smile, and, on behalf of my family, I would like to extend our gratitude,” Daley said. “As has been said, my mom saved the Cultural Center from the wrecking ball and Maggie was one who was able to preserve it. There’s many ways to remember her and I know I’ve said this before, and
had a quote, let us not cry because it’s over, but let us smile because it happened. She brought a smile to everyone and I thank her.”
County Board President
, who served as 4th Ward alderman before taking office last December, said she remembers encountering the former first lady at various events.
“My favorite, frankly, were