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.
William M. Daley has witnessed the rigors of political campaigns since he was a boy, watching his father, two brothers and even presidents run -- up close. Three months into his first electoral bid, he decided he didn’t like the view from the candidate’s side of the lectern.
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.
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.
William M. Daley’s blue-chip resume includes stints as a lawyer, banker, political fixer, U.S. commerce secretary, presidential campaign chairman, company president, and White House chief of staff. One job he’s never had until now: candidate.
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 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.”