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Richard M. Daley

One of the most powerful and influential of America's big-city mayors, Richard M. Daley served six terms as Chicago's mayor. First elected in 1989, Daley was the longest-serving mayor in Chicago history, eclipsing the record set by his father, mentor and role model, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Richard M. Daley chose not to run for re-election in the 2011 campaign.

A former state legislator and Cook County state's attorney, Daley built a multiethnic, multiracial coalition that kept him in power, even as the strength and influence of the once legendary county Democratic machine waned. Daley worked to revamp and improve the city's public school system, overhauled public housing an...
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One of the most powerful and influential of America's big-city mayors, Richard M. Daley served six terms as Chicago's mayor. First elected in 1989, Daley was the longest-serving mayor in Chicago history, eclipsing the record set by his father, mentor and role model, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Richard M. Daley chose not to run for re-election in the 2011 campaign.

A former state legislator and Cook County state's attorney, Daley built a multiethnic, multiracial coalition that kept him in power, even as the strength and influence of the once legendary county Democratic machine waned. Daley worked to revamp and improve the city's public school system, overhauled public housing and invested heavily in the city's infrastructure in projects ranging from Millennium Park to the expansion of O'Hare International Airport. He also launched a beautification effort that included wrought-iron fencing on public properties and installation of planters, trees and landscaping citywide. Daley's time at the helm also was marked by federal investigations that uncovered contracting irregularities and what prosecutors called "massive fraud" in hiring and promotions designed to reward political loyalists. A top aide was sentenced to prison in the personnel scheme.
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  • Mixed breeds (a.k.a. mutts) take the field at Westminster dog show

    Mixed breeds (a.k.a. mutts) take the field at Westminster dog show
    NEW YORK -- Every dog has its day. Will this be the day a mutt goes home with the big prize? 
  • Lacey the Lab goes for gold at Westminster agility competition

    Lacey the Lab goes for gold at Westminster agility competition
    NEW YORK -- As the National Anthem played at the start of the Westminster Kennel Club’s agility championship, people weren’t the only ones standing at attention. Lacey, a Labrador retriever, sat up on her hind legs, occasionally holding...

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley leaves hospital after a week

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley leaves hospital after a week
    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley returned home Saturday after a one-week hospitalization in an intensive care unit because of an unspecified illness, his law firm said. Feeling ill, the 71-year-old Daley walked straight from a plane into an...

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley hospitalized, in ICU

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley hospitalized, in ICU
    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley remained hospitalized in an intensive care unit Saturday, his law firm said. Feeling ill, the 71-year-old Daley walked straight from a plane into an ambulance after returning to Chicago on Friday evening from a...

    It's Groundhog Day: Here are 5 things to know

    It's Groundhog Day: Here are 5 things to know
    The furry rodent Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania early Sunday morning and saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter. Phil's forecast is a symbolic part of an annual celebration, which takes place in Punxsutawney, Pa....