Daley is the fourth of seven children and eldest son of Richard J. Daley, that specializes in zoning law and is often hired by developers to help get zoning changes through city hall. Their second son, Kevin, died at age two of complications from spina bifida in
Daley, was born in a working class neighborhood on May 15,the only son of Michael Daley, a sheet metal worker, and Lillian Dunne Daley. Later, after several long years of night school, Daley earned a degree common to upwardly mobile Chicago politicians—a law diploma from De Paul Law School—in Daley worked his way up through the precinct and ward organization and made his first successful run for public office as a state representative in Two years later he was elected to the Illinois senate, where he remained until when he suffered his only election loss—as a candidate for Cook County sheriff.
Defeated but not without friends, Daley was selected by Governor Adlai Stevenson in to become director of the Illinois Department of Finance. While there Daley expanded his grasp of budgets and public finance, which later served him well as mayor. Daley then returned to Chicago and was elected Clerk of Cook County.
Meanwhile, he had married Eleanor Guilfoyle on June 23,and was the father of four sons and three daughters. A devout Roman Catholic, Daley reportedly attended mass every morning. In Daley entered a Democratic primary election and defeated incumbent mayor Martin H.
In the general election which followed, Daley beat Republican challenger Robert E. Merriam by a comfortable majority of the vote.
During the next two decades Daley was reelected mayor over a series of nominally nonpartisan but generally Republican contenders in, and He ran a tightly organized party structure and made maximum use of about 35, city workers and patronage employees to bring out the vote.
Daley also won public support because he paid attention to the delivery of municipal services and gave substance to the slogan "the city that works.
Kennedy win the Democratic nomination and the presidential election in brought Daley his first national recognition as a political strategist. His administrations also set a rapid pace for urban renewal, the demolition of blighted areas, and the building of additional public housing.
As with all of his enterprises he mixed politics and business, and for the scoffers, Daley repeated over and again: Get that, organization not machine.
One notable exception was when a lucrative insurance contract was given over to a firm employing a Daley son. When chided, Daley exploded with rage over the issue, insisting that it was the duty of any good father to help out a son.
Beyond that misdeed numerous clandestine investigations by public and private agencies and local newspapers failed to produce a single solid charge of peculation against the mayor personally.
But that was only a foretaste of the bitter draught yet to come. In newscaster hyperbole, Eric Savareid on national television compared that week in Chicago to the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia with tanks.
For a few years thereafter some professional societies refused to schedule their annual meetings in Chicago. Media liberals predicted that Daley was finished, and the lockout of the Daley delegation from the Democratic National Convention by the George McGovern wing of the party seemed to support that view.
He went on to win his largest political victory ever ingaining an unprecedented sixth four-year term. Early in his new term, on December 20,Daley died and was buried at suburban Worth, Illinois. In short, Daley had expanded city services and shifted a large measure of the costs to the state, the county, and the Chicago area suburbs.
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