Introduction

Good Government Is Good Politics

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Richard J. and Eleanor Daley at their Bridgeport polling place, 1975. RJD_04_01_0035_0007_008

Richard J. and Eleanor Daley at their Bridgeport polling place, 1975. RJD_04_01_0035_0007_008

It has been my philosophy all my life that good government is good politics. It is this philosophy I will follow as Mayor of Chicago. Whatever political aspect there is in the mayor’s office will be deferred while we concentrate on the immediate and urgent problems that face the city.

Mayor Richard J. Daley, inauguration speech excerpt, April 20, 1955

 

 

As a slogan it sounds good, but it depends upon who becomes, you know, the beneficiary or the one that’s subjected to it. Good and bad are relative terms, and it depends on who’s making the judgment call.

Wilson Frost, Alderman, interview excerpt, November 13, 2014