Home » Archive

Articles tagged with: Daley

Featured, Headline »

[20 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

Now that we won’t have a Daley to kick around much longer, let us ponder a Chicago City Council in the years AD. Will it continue to be a puppet show with a mayor pulling all the strings? Or might it turn into an actual legislative body?
Both Daleys, father and son, exerted dictatorial control over their 50-member councils—the father with an iron fist, the son with an admixture of carrots and sticks.

The father in his early terms was bothered by a single independent voice of reform—the late Leon M. Despres …

Featured, Headline »

[20 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

To non-Chicagoans…indeed tourists from throughout the world… Daley’s tenure has seemed exemplary and show-biz-like. During the nation’s boom times, he transformed the city, making it a vibrant center of the Midwest. City streets are festooned with plants and flowers ala Paris. For many Chicagoans, he was the country’s living embodiment that taxpayer-paid “bread and circuses” that made the rulers of ancient Rome popular. He re-did Chicago’s front yard with Millennium Park albeit with massive public overruns. He demolished the housing projects his father built for the poor, scattering …

Featured, Headline »

[13 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

The first time I met Mayor Richard M. Daley, I was 4 years old. I remember this moment well, not just because of its importance to my father, but because of a photo that sat on the center of the mantel in his office at home. When I would visit him there, often distracting him from his writing, he would tell me stories about the pictures that adorned his office. The photo of me, just a young boy being held by my father, shaking Daley’s hand, was one of his …

Featured, Headline »

[8 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

What led Richard M. Daley to his decision not to run again? The right answer is probably contained in these guesses. Maybe a mixture of them.

1. Maggie Daley’s health. For the first time in a long time the media cameras have focused on her fixedly. Before this we’ve gotten glimpses of her leaving the hospital and in a few seconds of viewing she looked virtually the same. But standing by her husband at the rostrum, it’s clear she has lost weight and…always charming…looks exactly like she …

Featured, Headline »

[8 Sep 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Another Victim of the Summer of Prosperity and Recovery?
While at lunch today, I saw former State Senator Howard Carroll across the dining room. I wondered what the one time Democratic Committeeman of the 50th Ward might have been thinking if he had heard of his DePaul Law School classmate’s decision not to run for re-election. I learned about Richard M. Daley’s City Hall press conference, where he announced his retirement, a few minutes before I was seated.

The news was not a complete surprise since insiders have been whispering about Daley’s …

Featured, Headline »

[7 Sep 2010 | 8 Comments | ]

I was as surprised as anyone to hear the news that RMD will not run again. In the recent past I have written that I thought he would go again unless the delicate health of his wife would make him change his mind. I can only assume that is the case here, because he certainly had no serious opposition for next February, though his low ratings suggest he might have a bit more of a fight than usual.
This sets up a situation where many will opt to run, but I …

Featured, Headline »

[6 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks’ perpetual lament was “wait until next year.” Allies of embattled Chicago Mayor Rich Daley are utilizing a similar argument: “Wait until 2015.” They say: Don’t oppose the mayor in 2011. Instead, wait to run in 2015, when Daley will retire.

Hence, the legion of mayoral wannabes are in a quandary: Is Daley beatable in 2011? Is it worth the risk to oppose him?
If Daley commits to run in 2011 and to quit in 2015, then it behooves the politically astute contenders to take a …

Featured, Headline »

[4 Aug 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

Chicago, observed Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd), has a multiplicity of problems, which can be readily cured by a simple, single solution: Get rid of Mayor Rich Daley.
“Blame it all on Daley,” said Waguespack, who said the mayor’s “reckless spending,” coupled with the city’s “perpetual scandals,” has “created a definite disconnect” between the voters and Daley. “Every day, every way, every City Hall decision is based on politics. It’s all about keeping Daley and his cronies in power.” And voters, he said, are now wising-up.

That thesis was validated by the Chicago …

Featured, Headline »

[30 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

Whatever you might think of the Supreme Court striking down Chicago’s handgun ban, it’s hard to argue that you don’t have a right to defend yourself in your own home.

If you agree, but think that government can forbid you from defending yourself with a handgun, then you have to say what weapon you can have. Sounds simple enough, but let’s try it as an exercise:
Landmines (or improvised explosive devices). Okay, a little extreme, but it meets the objections of anti-gun activists. Landmines are not portable. You can’t carry concealed landmines …