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Thursday, December 20, 2012

On this day in 1976, the death of Mayor Daley


Today the man who has been referred to as the "last of the big city bosses", Mayor of Chicago Richard J. Daley died today. He was visiting the doctor talking about some health issues and was about to go to a hospital when he collapsed. John Schmidt over at WBEZ tells the story as it was back on Dec. 20th, 1976.

Refer to my book list in the sidebar. American Pharoah is a book I read years ago about Daley's rise in Chicago politics. Very interesting and very informative and you get a lesson about Chicago politics as much as you learn about Daley's life and career in politics.

BTW, this Daley was the father or another Mayor Daley - Richard M. who served as Mayor of Chicago from 1989 to 2011. Today Richard M. is enjoying his retirement even if he is involved at a local university.

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