Oral History Contributors

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Abboud, Robert (b. 1929 — ). Served as the president and chief operating officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, independent co-chairman of Ivanhoe Energy Inc., chairman of First Chicago Corporation and The First National Bank of Chicago, chairman of First City Bank Corporation of Texas, and chairman of ACB International, Ltd.

Interview Transcript, December 3, 2009

Adduci, Alexander A. (b. 1930 — ). Alderman, Chicago’s Ninth Ward (1971 – 1979).

Interview Transcript, July 18, 2014

Bedore, Ed (b. 1932 — ). Grew up in Bridgeport and graduated from De La Salle High School and DePaul University. Served as City Budget Director (1970-76) and was one of Richard J. Daley’s trusted cabinet members.

Interview Transcript, May 18, 2009

Interview Transcript, October 1, 2009

Berman, Arthur (b. 1935 — ). Precinct captain in Edgewater in 1955. Elected to state legislature in 1969, and then to the Illinois state senate in 1977, where he worked for education reform.

Interview Transcript, October 8, 2003

Bonoma, Roseanne (b. 1938 — ). Secretary for the Cook County Democratic Party and neighbor of Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, October 3, 2014

Burke, Ed (b. 1943 — ). Democratic committeeman and alderman for Chicago’s Fourteenth Ward (1969 – present). First elected in 1969.

Interview Transcript, July 22, 2014

Interview Transcript, August 5, 2014

Interview Transcript, October 20, 2014

Butler, Jerome (b. 1928 — ). Served as architect for the city of Chicago from 1966 to 1979, during which time he oversaw the award-winning Navy Pier restoration. He later served as Chicago’s Commissioner of Public Works (1979-1985) and Commissioner of Aviation (1985 – 1987).

Interview Transcript, July 8, 2002

Carter, Jimmy (b. 1924 — ). Governor of Georgia (1971 – 1975) and president of the United States (1977 – 1981).

Interview Transcript, October 17, 2014

Christensen, Robert W. (b. 1932 — ). Executive director, Public Building Commission (1961 – 1974). Studied engineering at Northwestern University (BS 1955, MS 1956) under Frederick T. Aschman.

Interview Transcript, September 8, 2003

Compton, James (b. 1939 — ). Civic leader and civil rights activist. Worked in the Chicago Public School system and later served as president of the Chicago Urban League (1978 – 2006).

Interview Transcript, August 27, 2010

Crown, Lester (b. 1925 — ). President of Henry Crown & Company and director of the Continental Illinois Bank, Transworld Airlines, and Esmark. Friend of former Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson II.

Interview Transcript, August 31, 2009

Curry, Richard L. (b. 1929 — ). Served as law clerk for Daley & Lynch. He later served as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago and then as corporation counsel (1970 – 1974). Elected circuit court judge in 1974.

Written statement, November 10, 2014

Daley, Eleanor “Sis” (b. 1907 – d. 2003). Wife of Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, July 18, 2002

Interview Transcript, October 9, 2002

Interview Transcript, October 16, 2002

Interview Transcript, January 17, 2003

Interview Transcript, February 5, 2003

Interview Transcript,  February 12, 2003

Daley, John (b. 1946 — ). Son of Richard J. Daley, John Daley now serves as the Eleventh Ward Democratic Committeeman and serves on the Cook County Board of Commissioners (1992 – present).

Interview Transcript, May 9, 2007

Daley, Michael (b. 1943 — ). Son of Richard J. Daley and partner at Daley & Georges law firm since 1970. He has never sought or held elected public office.

Interview Transcript, July 21, 2006

Daley, Richard M. (b. 1942 — ). Eldest son of Richard J. Daley. He served as Eleventh Ward Democratic Committeeman (1976 – 1980), Illinois state senator (1972 – 1980), the State’s Attorney for Cook County (1981 – 1989), and mayor of Chicago (1989 – 2011).

Interview Transcript, March 11, 2009

Daley, William “Bill” (b. 1948 — ). Youngest son of Richard J. Daley. Served as Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton (1997 – 2000), as campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000, and as chief of staff for President Barack Obama (2011 – 2012).

Interview Transcript, December 5, 2008

Interview Transcript, January 12, 2009

Daley-Martino, Patricia (b. 1937 — ). Eldest daughter of Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, June 12, 2002

Donovan, Tom (b. 1938 — ). Hired as an administrative assistant to Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1969, under which position he was responsible for patronage. He later served as president of the Chicago Board of Trade (1982 – 2000).

Interview Transcript, April 2, 2009

Dunne, George (b. 1913 – d. 2006). President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners (1969 – 1991).

Interview Transcript, December 16, 2003

Durbin, Sen. Richard J. (b. 1944 — ). Served as legal counsel for Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon (1969 – 1972) and then for the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee (1972 – 1982). He later represented Illinois in the United States Congress (1983 – 1996) and Senate (1997 – present).

Interview Transcript, September 8, 2014

Elrod, Richard (b. 1934 – d. 2014). Assistant corporation counsel for city of Chicago (1958 – 1965), Chicago’s chief prosecutor (1967 – 1969), Illinois state legislator (1969 – 1970), and Cook County sheriff (1970 – 1986). In October 1969, he was partially paralyzed after trying to apprehend a suspect during the “Days of Rage” protest in Chicago.

Interview Transcript, April 10, 2009

Fitzgerald, Joseph (b. 1928 — ). Chicago Building Commissioner (1969 – 1979).

Interview Transcript, July 24, 2014

Frost, Wilson (b. 1925 — ). Served as alderman for Chicago’s Thirty-fourth Ward (1967 – 1987).

Interview Transcript, November 13, 2014

Gavin, Vince  (b. ? — ). Headed Mayor Richard J. Daley’s security detail (1967 – 1975), and later served on the Chicago Liquor Commission (1975 – 1979).

Interview Transcript, July 19, 2014

Graham, Gilbert (b. 1921 – d. 2008). Roman Catholic priest, lifelong friend, and unofficial chaplain to the Daley family. He delivered the eulogy at Richard J. Daley’s funeral.

Interview Transcript, November 17, 2003

Hartigan, Neil (b. 1938 — ). Worked for the city of Chicago as legislative counsel, as a member of the Board of Health, as a member of the Chicago Park District, and as liquor commissioner. He later served as Illinois’s lieutenant governor of Illinois (1973 – 1977) and attorney general in (1983 – 1991).

Interview Transcript, February 20, 2009

Heineman, Ben W. (b. 1914 – 2012). Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad who was a friend to Richard J. Daley. Heineman also served the public in several capacities. Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson named Heineman special assistant attorney general for Illinois to investigate cigarette tax fraud in 1951. Heineman headed the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1962-1969), and in 1966 he chaired Mayor Daley’s Chicago Civil Rights Summit Conference on Fair Housing. He also served on several commissions for President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Interview Transcript, October 22, 2003

Hynes, Thomas (b. 1932 — ). Served in the Illinois State Senate (1971 – 1979) and was president of that body for the last two years of his tenure.

Interview Transcript, March 10, 2010

Kelly, Ed (b. 1924 — ). Worked for thirty-eight years at the Chicago Park District, eventually becoming its superintendent. As Forty-seventh Ward Committeeman (1968 – 1975), he befriended Richard J. Daley, managed his final campaign, and was with the mayor the day he died.

Interview Transcript, December 11, 2003

Kondor, László. (b. 1940 — ). Mayor Richard J. Daley’s official photographer (1972 – 1976).

Interview Transcript, November 6, 2013

Madigan, Michael (b. 1942 — ). Member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1971 – present). He has served as speaker of that body (1983 – 1995, 1997 – present ).

Interview Transcript, August 10, 2009

McDonough, James (b. 1933 — ). Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation (1968 – 1974) and later chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority (1976 – 1980).

Interview Transcript, September 17, 2003

Minow, Newton (b. 1926 — ). Worked for the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson II (1952, 1956) and John F. Kennedy (1960). Served as chair of Federal Communications Commission (1961 – 1963).

Interview Transcript, October 2, 2003

Natarus, Burton (b. 1933 — ). Alderman from the Forty-second Ward (1971 – 2007).

Interview Transcript, June 16, 2010

Nolan, Gene (b. ? — ). A police officer who served on Richard J. Daley’s security detail.

Interview Transcript, September 4, 2003

O’Connor, Jim (b. ? — ). Attorney who worked for Commonwealth Edison Company (1963 – 1998), eventually serving as its president and later as its chief executive officer.

Interview Transcript, July 22, 2014

Parker, Jack (b. ? — ). Longtime friend and neighbor of Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, August 13, 2009

Pavia, Richard (b. 1930 – d. 2010). Became assistant commissioner in Chicago’s department of water and sewers in 1966. He later served as the city’s water commissioner (1973-1979).

Interview Transcript, June 20, 2002

Pounian, Charles A. (b. ? — ). Director of Personnel for the city of Chicago (1960 – 1985).

Interview Transcript, September 3, 2003

Quinlan, Catherine “Kay” (b.? — ). Richard J. Daley’s personal secretary (1967 – 1976).

Interview Transcript, August 7, 2014

Reilly, Frank (b. 1921 – d. 2015). Associate at the law firm of Daley & Lynch, of which Richard J. Daley was a partner.

Interview Transcript, July 20, 2010

Riley, James (b. 1937 — ). Businessman who assisted Richard J. Daley in his 1967, 1971, and 1975 runs for mayor.

Interview Transcript, October 30, 2014

Interview Transcript, June 15, 2015

Rostenkowski, Dan (b. 1928 – d. 2010). Chicago Democratic ward committeeman and congressman (1959 – 1995).

Interview Transcript, July 1, 2004

Interview Transcript, June 3, 2005

Sain, Ken (b.? — ). Administrative assistant to Richard J. Daley (1968 – 1972) and deputy mayor of Chicago (1972 – 1976).

Interview Transcript, April 17, 2015

Seith, Alex (b. 1934 – d. 2010). Democratic activist and politician. He served as chairman of the Young Democrats of Cook County (1965 – 1966) and served on numerous boards. In 1978 and 1984, he unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate.

Interview Transcript, December 19, 2008

Simon, Ray (b. 1932 — ). Simon served as corporation counsel for the city of Chicago (1965 – 1969).

Interview Transcript, June 30, 2010

Stevenson III, Adlai E. (b. 1930 — ). A Democratic politician from Illinois, Stevenson served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1965 – 1967), as Illinois Treasurer (1967 – 1970), and as a member of the United States Senate (1970 – 1981).

Interview Transcript, July 9, 2003

Stone, Bernard (b. 1927 – d. 2014). Alderman for Chicago’s Fiftieth Ward (1973 – 2011).

Interview Transcript, July 1, 2010

Suloway, Marshall (b. 1921 – d. 2014). Civil engineer who worked in the Illinois Highway Department (1950 – 1964). From 1964 on, he served the city of Chicago under Richard J. Daley as Chief Subway and Highway Engineer, Chief Engineer, and Commissioner for Public Works.

Interview Transcript, August 11, 2003

Thompson, Courtney (b. 1967 — ). Granddaughter of Richard J. Daley.

August 5, 2002

Thompson, Patrick (b. 1969 — ). Grandson of Richard J. Daley. He won election to the position of alderman for Chicago’s Eleventh Ward in 2015.

Interview Transcript, June 13, 2002

Thompson, Peter (b. 1968 — ). Grandson of Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, June 11, 2002

Vanecko, Mark G. (b. 1966 — ). Grandson of Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, July 9, 2014

Vanecko, Mary Carol (b. 1938 — ). Daughter of Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, March 5, 2009

Vanecko, Robert G. (b. 1965 — ). Grandson of Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, March 5, 2010

Vanecko, Robert M. (b. 1935 — ). Husband of Mary Carol Vanecko and son-in-law to Richard J. Daley.

Interview Transcript, March 8, 2010

Weithers, John (b. 1933 – d. 2013). Assisted in Richard J. Daley’s 1967 campaign for mayor and for a time served on Chicago’s Public Building Commission. He worked as an executive for the Midwest Stock Exchange.

Interview Transcript, October 7, 2003

Young, Andrew (b. 1932 — ). Civil rights activist who worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and accompanied Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his visit to Chicago in 1966. He later served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations (1977 – 1979) and Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (1981 – 1989).

Interview Transcript, October 16, 2014