Richard M. Daley

Richard M. Daley

Richard Michael Daley (born April 24, 1942), sometimes known as "Richie" Daley, is a former Mayor of Chicago, Illinois. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. At 22 years, he was the longest serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley. Prior to serving as mayor, Daley served in the Illinois Senate and then as the Cook County State's Attorney.

Mayor Daley took over the Chicago Public Schools, developed tourism, the construction of Millennium Park, increased environmental efforts and the rapid development of the city's North Side, as well as the near South and West sides. Mayor Daley expanded benefits to same-sex, domestic partners of City employees, and advocated for gun control. As Mayor of Chicago Daley was a national leader in privatization and the lease and sale of public assets to private corporations. Mayor Daley's budgets ran up the largest deficits in Chicago history.

Police use of force was an issue in Daley's tenures as States Attorney and Mayor.

Read more about Richard M. Daley:  Early and Personal Life, Illinois State Senate (1972-1980), Post-mayoral Career

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