With the exception of Obama, there are no bigger Midwest political names than Daley and Madigan. Their Democratic dynasties have dominated Chicago and Illinois government for much of the past half century.
Snow is serious business in Chicago, where the failure to handle it once drove a mayor from office. Now, a record 329 days without an inch of the white stuff has the current mayor counting mixed blessings -- savings from idled salt trucks and a higher murder rate from warmer weather.
The coalition of Richard-M.-Daley- is-the-greatest-mayor-ever includes Rick Garcia , Marca Bristo and Abner Mikva . That may not seem like such a big deal as they’re all Chicagoans, where Daley has been mayor for 21 years.
Dan Rostenkowski , a product of Chicago’s fabled political machine who engineered U.S. tax policy, indulged in the perks of his job during 36 years in Congress and wound up in prison for misusing funds, has died, according to a Democratic official. He was 82.
The resignation of William M. Daley as President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff brings to mind the words of David Wilhelm when he left his post as chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1994: “I’m going back to Chicago where they stab you in the front.”
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who earlier this month expressed interest in being mayor of Chicago, told his hometown media to calm down on the notion that he will run for that office in the near future.
President Barack Obama named William Daley , a JPMorgan Chase & Co . executive and former commerce secretary, as his chief of staff, putting a Washington veteran with strong ties to business into a key White House job.