County colleagues honor -- and kid -- John Daley

John Daley’s fellow Cook County Board commissioners surprised him Tuesday with a resolution honoring his two decades as a county leader — and being “human.”

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle let out a big laugh when her floor leader, Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, started listing Daley’s accomplishments.

More mirth and remembrances followed, with commissioners at times displaying sitcom sensibility.

“I often refer to you as the stealth Daley,” said Larry Suffredin, comparing John to two of his better-known brothers, former Mayor Richard Daley and former White House Chief of Staff William Daley.

“I think I have an affinity for John,” added John Fritchey, “because he is the only Daley brother who hasn’t been mad at me.”

Noting how Daley was never haughty, Deborah Sims remarked, “You are human.”

For his part, Daley recalled his long political career and lauded his colleagues, saying he “enjoyed every day” in county government, if not so much the earlier years of his political career when as a state senator he spent long stretches away from his wife and three young children.

He even found kind words for William Beavers, with whom he often clashes during debate. “You always try to advise me,” said a deadpan Daley.

hdardick@tribune.com

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