Introduction

Introduction

Introduction Good Government Is Good Politics View all topics for “Good Government Is Good Politics” > 1 of 2 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   2 of 2 Next topic: Vote for Daley View all topics for Good Government Is Good Politics > View a list of all exhibits > All Topics: Good Government Is Good Politics Introduction Good Government is Good Politics Vote for Daley Good Government is Good Politics Leading the Party Good Government is Good Politics Kingmaker Good Government is Good Politics Ward Politics Good Government is Good Politics Loyalty in Politics Good Government is Good...
Vote for Daley

Vote for Daley

Vote for Daley Good Government Is Good Politics View all topics for “Good Government Is Good Politics” > 1 of 4 In those days, there were no advisors. Today, you go down to a political campaign. There’s a chief of staff and all of that. But it was my mother. Then, when he came in, he would talk to her. Her advice was very good. I’m sure it was the same with most of the political wives. But nowadays, they have all of these pollsters and so many people involved with the candidate. Everybody is telling them what to do. Mary Carol Vanecko, daughter of Richard J. Daley, interview excerpt, March 5, 2009 2 of 4 Campaign Ads from Richard J. Daley’s first campaign for Mayor of Chicago in 1955. Click on image to play video. Video: 1955 Democratic Party Campaign Ads for Television. RJD_04_02_0000_0000_201 3 of 4 This video offers a glimpse of a “torchlight” parade in support of Richard J. Daley’s campaign for mayor in 1955. Click on image to play video. Video: Excerpt from “1955 Torchlight Parade” (no sound), RJD_04_01_0000_0000_201 4 of 4 Next topic: Leading the Party View all topics for Good Government Is Good Politics > View a list of all exhibits > All Topics: Good Government Is Good Politics Introduction Good Government is Good Politics Vote for Daley Good Government is Good Politics Leading the Party Good Government is Good Politics Kingmaker Good Government is Good Politics Ward Politics Good Government is Good Politics Loyalty in Politics Good Government is Good...
Leading the Party

Leading the Party

Leading the Party Good Government Is Good Politics View all topics for “Good Government Is Good Politics” > 1 of 10 In addition to being mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley was also a key figure in Democratic Party politics. From 1947 on, he served as committeeman for the Eleventh Ward, where he had resided all his life. He also chaired the influential Cook County Democratic Party from 1953 until his death in 1976. When he became the ward committeeman,…he’d distribute baskets with turkey and vegetables in them. Whoever needed help, he would get together with his help and arrange some baskets to send them for Christmas or whatever. Jack Parker, friend of Richard J. Daley, interview excerpt, August 13, 2009 2 of 10 3 of 10 A former United States Senator reflects on Daley’s dual role as mayor and as chair of the Democratic Party of Cook County. Click on image to play video. Video: Adlai Stevenson III, Illinois Politician, interview excerpt, July 9, 2003 4 of 10 He was the chairman of the party. He had an important role in slating candidates. We would go to those different meetings and watch the candidates present themselves when he was the chairman. I remember him trying to balance the ticket numerous times, statewide ballots, geographically and racially, to make sure that all of the ethnic groups were represented. John Daley, Son of Richard J. Daley, interview excerpt, May 9, 2007 Well, he was an organization genius. In order to be in politics in Chicago as he was growing up, you had to be part of the organization. That was...
Kingmaker

Kingmaker

Kingmaker Good Government Is Good Politics View all topics for “Good Government Is Good Politics” > 1 of 8 Democratic candidates for office at the local, state, and even national levels sought Daley’s endorsement. 2 of 8 Everybody wanted him at their political functions. Just to have the mayor there was a success story. Ed Kelly, Chicago Park District Superintendent 1973-1986, interview excerpt, December 11, 2003   3 of 8 Most of the presidential candidates that were running at that time all stopped by to visit him. They’d be sitting there and you could see they were nervous. And these were very important people—senators, congressmen, and people who had been in Washington for a long time, and were very influential. I told my husband it reminded me of that scene in The Godfather where they were all waiting to go in and ask a favor of the godfather on the day of his daughter’s wedding. Roseanne Bonoma, Richard J. Daley’s Secretary, interview excerpt, October 3, 2014   4 of 8       5 of 8 Chicago parade in honor of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy in 1960. Click on image to play video. Video: Excerpt from “Kennedy’s Parade” RJD_04_02_0000_0000_214 6 of 8 We were walked into the White House the day after the inauguration [of President John F. Kennedy]….The first thing he [Kennedy] said was, “I would not be here if it wasn’t for your dad. I would not be the president.” John Daley, son of Richard J. Daley, interview excerpt, May 9, 2007 7 of 8 Jimmy Carter tells how Daley helped him win the the Democratic...
Ward Politics

Ward Politics

Ward Politics Good Government Is Good Politics View all topics for “Good Government Is Good Politics” > 1 of 8 Chicago was divided into wards, which were represented by aldermen, and each ward was divided into smaller voting precincts. The Democratic Party was organized parallel to this ward system. It had its own ward committeemen and precinct captains. The committeemen and precinct captains brought in the vote for Democratic candidates in their wards. To appeal to voters, they provided access to city services and offered their assistance in other ways. Critics argued that not all persons or neighborhoods benefited equally under this system. But supporters argued that the system enabled communication between wards and city hall and that Mayor Daley was particularly scrupulous and fair in how he allocated services. 2 of 8 3 of 8 But there was no doubt that the mayor knew what was going on in every part of Chicago. He knew when people died. He went to their funeral. When they had a baby he would write a note to the parents. He was a hands-on politician who loved politics and who loved his city. And in my opinion he was an honest man. He never did profit financially from his enormous responsibility and influence and power. Jimmy Carter, President of the United States 1977-1981, interview excerpt, October 17, 2014 He was a great wake-goer, and the families appreciated that. My own father died. I thought that it was wonderful he came. He paid his respects to the people. But that’s the type of man that he was. Gene Nolan, Security Detail for Richard...