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Mayor Richard J. Daley in front of a classroom blackboard during a visit to a school

Mayor Richard J. Daley in front of a classroom blackboard during a visit to a school, circa 1972-1976. Photo: Laszlo Kondor. Laszlo Kondor photograph collection, University of Illinois Chicago Library. MSLASZ13_0003_0002_014

Governor Thompson in the Richard J. Daley collection

Governor Jim Thompson standing next to Eleanor "Sis" Daley at the dedication of the Mayor Richard J. Daley statue in Springfield, Illinois

Governor Jim Thompson standing next to Eleanor “Sis” Daley at the dedication of the Mayor Richard J. Daley statue in Springfield, Illinois, June 23, 1981. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0038_0002_016

The Richard M. Daley Oral History Collection

The University of Illinois at Chicago Library has completed a two-year oral history project bout the life and career of Mayor Richard M. Daley.

The collection contains forty-five interviews with contemporaries of Daley. The interviewees include most of the mayor’s chiefs of staff, some of his deputy chiefs of staff, a number of his political advisors, and persons who headed city agencies during his tenure. Also included are family members, community leaders, some critics, and former United States Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Peter Cunningham, a friend of and former speechwriter for Mayor Daley, conducted the interviews.

The video and audio interviews, with related transcripts, can be found online at Richard M. Daley Oral Histories.

UIC Library also holds the Mayor Richard J. Daley Oral History collection. PDF transcripts from that collection can also be found online at Remembering Richard J. Daley Oral History Contributors.

Illinois delegation at the Democratic National Convention, July 1952

In July,1952, Chicago hosted the Democratic National Convention. That convention nominated Adlai E. Stevenson II. Chicago again hosted the convention four years later, in 1956, and Stevenson was again nominated Each time, he lost to Dwight David Eisenhower.

The Illinois delegates at the Democratic National Convention, July 1952. Richard J. Daley stands in the foreground.

Richard J. Daley (foreground center) with the Illinois delegates at the Democratic National Convention, July 1952. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0010_0004_001

The Empress of Iran visits Chicago

Forty-five years ago this month, in July 1975, the Empress of Iran visited Chicago.

Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran with a bouquet of roses and Mayor Richard J. Daley on the airport tarmac upon the Empress's arrival in Chicago, July 1975

Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran (with a bouquet of roses) and Mayor Richard J. Daley on the airport tarmac upon the Empress’s arrival in Chicago, July 1975. Photo: Laszlo Kondor. Laszlo Kondor Photograph collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, MSLASZ13_05_01_12a_r5_f07.

Paul Simon in the Richard J. Daley collection

Illinois State Senator Paul Simon, 1971.

Illinois State Senator Paul Simon, 1971. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0033_0009_001

Paul Simon (1928-2003) held a number of public offices during his long political career. He was member of the Illinois House of Representatives, (1955-1963), an Illinois State Senator (1965-1969), Illinois Lieutenant Governor (1969-1973), member of the United States House of Representatives (1975-1985), and United States Senator (1985-1997).

Illinois State Representative Paul Simon greets a voter at a Suburban 68 event, 1968

Illinois State Representative Paul Simon greets a voter at a Suburban 68 event, 1968. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0027_0011_006.

During his time in the Illinois General Assembly, Simon sometimes voted differently from how Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley asked his fellow Illinois Democrats to vote. That practice earned Simon the reputation as an “independent Democrat.” He later recalled that

reporters often dubbed me an “anti-Daley Democrat.” I had no such goal. I simply voted for what I believed to be in the public interest, flawed as my judgment occasionally was, and sometimes that meant voting against the wishes of the Chicago mayor. That probably put me on his side 90 percent of the time….

Paul Simon, review of American Pharaoh Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation, p. 124-5, 2001.

Despite the occasional differences, Simon and Daley collaborated often in public celebrations and campaign events.

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon speaks at a rally to re-elect Mayor Richard J. Daley, 1971

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon speaks at a rally to re-elect Mayor Richard J. Daley, 1971. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago. RJD_04_01_0033_0001_011

Paul Simon stands with Mayor Richard J. Daley at a St. Patrick's Day Parade, circa 1972

Paul Simon stands with Mayor Richard J. Daley at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, circa 1972. Photo: Laszlo Kondor. Laszlo Kondor Photograph collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. MSLASZ13_06_02_17a_r3_f23.

Paul Simon and Mayor Richard J. Daley at event to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, undated

Paul Simon and Mayor Richard J. Daley at event to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, undated. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0039_0001_046

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon at Mayor Richard J. Daley's fifth inauguration, 1971

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon at Mayor Richard J. Daley’s fifth inauguration, 1971. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0033_0006_015

Illinois State Representative Paul Simon, 1961

Illinois State Representative Paul Simon, 1961. Inscription reads, “To Mayor Daley – with thanks for his service to Chicago, our state, and our nation. Paul Simon.” Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0047_0020_001

The Richard J. Daley collection also contains a number of documents that relate to Simon. To learn more about using that collection, see UIC Library’s research guide for the Daley Family collections.

Sources consulted

Long, Ray. “A Legacy of Honesty and Dignity,” Chicago Tribune, December 10, 2003.

Simon, Paul. Review of American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation, by Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 94, (spring 2001): 124-7.

“U.S. Senator Paul Simon.” Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. <https://paulsimoninstitute.siu.edu/about/senator-paul-simon.php>. Accessed June 12, 2020.

Mayor Richard J. Daley’s Summer Neighborhood Program

Mayor Richard J. Daley with children from his Neighborhood Summer Program at a Co-Ho fishing derby, circa 1970

Mayor Richard J. Daley with children from his Neighborhood Summer Program at a Co-Ho fishing derby, circa 1970s. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0028_0016_003.

Supporting hospitals

Richard J. Daley at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center event

Mayor Richard J. Daley pushes a button at a podium during an outdoor event at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center. Henry Kutsch is behind him at the right, circa 1972-1976. Photo: Laszlo Kondor. Laszlo Kondor Photograph collection, MSLASZ13_06_01_09a_r6_f08A.

A day in May–in Ireland!

A snapshot from Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley’s visit to Ireland in 1964. For more on Daley’s visit to Ireland–and much of the rest of Europe–that year, see Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley visits Europe (1964).

Eleanor "Sis" Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley with a group Irish relatives outside a cottage, during a trip to Ireland, May 1964

Eleanor “Sis” Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley with a group Irish relatives outside a cottage, during a trip to Ireland, May 1964. University of Illinois at Chicago Library, Richard J. Daley collection. RJD_04_01_0023_0005_028

Mayor Richard J. Daley greets the Apollo 13 astronauts

Fifty years ago today, on May 1, 1970, Mayor Richard J. Daley and the city of Chicago welcomed the crew of Apollo 13.

Mayor Richard J. Daley accepts a gift from members of the Apollo 13 team during a dining event in their honor, May 1, 1970

Mayor Richard J. Daley accepts a gift from members of the Apollo 13 team during a dining event in their honor, May 1, 1970. Photo: Mart Studios. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0052_0017_014.

Apollo 13’s mission had been to land on the moon, but on its way, the an oxygen tank on the craft ruptured, endangering the crew. The crew and mission control worked hard finally returned safely to earth on April 17, 1970. Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago  honored the Apollo 13 crew with a parade, a ceremony outside City Hall, and a Medal of Merit.

Source consulted

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. “NASA Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13, ‘a successful failure.'” April 6, 2020, updated April 9, 2020. <https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-commemorates-50th-anniversary-of-apollo-13-a-successful-failure>. Accessed April 23, 2020.

Wolfe, Sheila. “Apollo 13 Astronauts Cheered by 500,000 in Triumphal City Visit.” Chicago Tribune, May 2, 1970.

The Little Misses of Chicago’s neighborhoods

Mayor Richard J. Daley in the center of a group of Little Misses, June 1961

Mayor Richard J. Daley in the center of a group of Little Misses, June 1961. Photo: Mart Studios. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0020_0006_006.

A new mayor elected 65 years ago today

Sixty-five years ago today, on April 5, 1955, Richard J. Daley won election as Chicago’s 48th mayor.

Mayor-elect Richard J. Daley stands with his family and supporters on election night, 1955

Mayor-elect Richard J. Daley stands with his family and supporters on election night, 1955. University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0012_0001_017.

In the wards

40th Ward Democratic Organization headquarters, 1964

40th Ward Democratic Organization headquarters, 1964. Photo: Howard Wallen. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0048_0019_003a.

Richard M. Daley wins Democratic Party nomination for Cook County State’s Attorney

Forty years ago today, March 18, 1980, Richard M. Daley won the Democratic Party’ nomination for Cook County State’s Attorney. Daley had been serving as a senator in the Illinois legislature since 1973, and before that, he had served in the Illinois state constitutional convention, or “Con Con.”

A flyer promotes Richard M. Daley for the position of Cook County State's Attorney, 1980

A flyer promotes Richard M. Daley for the position of Cook County State’s Attorney, 1980. Richard M. Daley papers, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, Temp_RMD16_06_0002_0001_013.

 

Mayor Richard J. Daley and a charity organization

Two girls each present Mayor Richard J. Daley with an oversized candy roll to promote Lions Club Candy Day for the Blind, 1962

Two girls each present Mayor Richard J. Daley with an oversized candy roll to promote Lions Club Candy Day for the Blind, 1962. Photo: Pics Chicago. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0015_0012_016.

65th anniversary: Richard J. Daley receives Democratic nomination for mayor of Chicago

Cook County state's attorney John Gutknecht shakes Richard J. Daley's hand to congratulate him on winning the Democratic nomination for mayor of Chicago. Joseph Lohman is at the left. A cheering and waving crowd surrounds them

Cook County state’s attorney John Gutknecht shakes Richard J. Daley’s hand to congratulate him on winning the Democratic nomination for mayor of Chicago. Joseph Lohman is at the left. A cheering and waving crowd surrounds them, February 22, 1955. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0012_0002_008.

For more information on Daley’s victory that day, see our earlier post, One step closer to the mayoralty.

Be my valentine

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley holds a baby at a Valentine's Day event

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley holds a baby at a Valentine’s Day event, circa 1972-1976. Photo: Laszlo Kondor, Laszlo Kondor Photograph collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, MSLASZ13_0002_0015_015.

Chicago at the inauguration, 55 years ago today

Chicago Fire Department marching band parading past the U.S. presidential pavilion (reviewing stand) at President Johnson's inauguration parade.January 20, 1965

Chicago Fire Department marching band parading past the U.S. presidential pavilion (reviewing stand) at President Johnson’s inauguration parade.January 20, 1965. RJD_04_01_0050_0002_015

In memory

Downtown Chicago skyscrapers at dusk, with the words "Richard J. Daley May 15, 1902 - December 20, 1976" at upper right

Downtown Chicago skyscrapers at dusk, with the words “Richard J. Daley May 15, 1902 – December 20, 1976” at upper right. RJD_04_01_0042_0001_147

Remembering 1989: Mayor Richard M. Daley and a public servant

Thirty years ago today, December 12, 1989, Mayor Richard M. Daley named Ed Bedore as Chicago’s Chief Financial Officer.

New Chief Financial Officer for Chicago, Ed Bedore, speaks at a press conference while Mayor Richard M. Daley and Sidonie Walters-Lawrence look on, December 12, 1989

New Chief Financial Officer for Chicago, Ed Bedore, speaks at a press conference while Mayor Richard M. Daley and Sidonie Walters-Lawrence look on, December 12, 1989. RMD_07_0063_0001_002_013A

Bedore already had a long history of public service. He had advised Mayor Daley since April on budget-related concerns. Years before that, he had also served as budget director under Daley’s father, Mayor Richard J. Daley, and under Mayor Michael Bilandic.

Those interested in learning more about Ed Bedore, especially his experiences working with the first Mayor Daley, can read the transcripts of two oral history interviews Bedore did for the University of Illinois at Chicago:

For other transcripts of oral interviews, please see the list of contributors to the Richard J. Daley Oral History collection.

Sources consulted

“Daley announces chief financial officer, new budget head,” December 12, 1989. Richard M. Daley papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago. Box 3-4, folder 2.

Richard J. Daley Oral History collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago.

The road to Con-Con

Fifty years ago today, on November 18, 1969, Richard M. Daley won his first election–as delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention, or “Con-Con” for short. The convention drafted a new constitution for the state, and voters ratified it soon afterward. Daley went on to serve as senator in the state legislature (1973-1981), state’s attorney for Cook County (1981-1989), and mayor of Chicago (1989-2011).

First page of a voter's guide to the new Illinois Constitution, 1970

First page of a voter’s guide to the new Illinois Constitution, 1970. RJD_02_01_0093_0001_001

Remembering 1989: Mayor Richard M. Daley welcomes Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa led Solidarity, a workers’ movement that resisted Poland’s Communist government. Solidarity’s success in securing freer elections contributed to ending the Cold War.

Thirty years ago this month, in November 1989, Walesa visited the United States. He stopped in Chicago, which has one of the world’s largest populations of Polish speakers. Mayor Richard M. Daley, Governor James R. Thompson, and other officials welcomed Walesa and held a luncheon in his honor.

Lech Walesa addresses a Chicago gathering as Mayor Richard M. Daley applauds, November 18, 1989

Lech Walesa addresses a Chicago gathering as Mayor Richard M. Daley applauds, November 18, 1989. RMD_07_0062_0010_002_030A

Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks with Lech Walesa at a dinner to honor the Polish leader. Illinois Governor James R. Thompson looks on, November 18, 1989

Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks with Lech Walesa at a dinner to honor the Polish leader. Illinois Governor James R. Thompson looks on, November 18, 1989. RMD_07_0062_0010_003_017A

A little more than a year after this visit, Walesa was elected president of Poland.

Bill Daley’s UIC’s Wiewel Lecture on Economic Development

(Reposted from UICToday. “Daley: It’s ‘good business’ for business to be a good social partner“: October 28, 2019, updated October 29, 2019. For UIC’s announcement about the lecture, see “William ‘Bill’ Daley to discuss roles of corporations in society as he donates papers to UIC” To research the collection, please visit the finding aid (inventory list) for the William D. Daley papers)

William “Bill” Daley presents the Wiewel Lecture on economic development in UIC’s Academic and Residential Complex

William “Bill” Daley presents the Wiewel Lecture on economic development in UIC’s Academic and Residential Complex. Photo: Joshua Clark

Between the time that William “Bill” Daley served as President Bill Clinton’s secretary of commerce and when he served as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, the internet had taken over the world and completely changed the way business and politics were conducted.

Daley, who gave the Wiewel Lecture on Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Oct. 23, tapped into his extensive background at the crossroads of business and politics to speak to about 100 people, including students, faculty, elected officials and family members.

In his lecture, “Corporations & Humanity: Why They Belong Together,” Daley focused on how the role of corporations had shifted because of technology and the rise in social media that made companies — as well as political leaders — more accountable more quickly.

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Remembering 1989: Mayor Richard M. Daley announces “GreenStreets” program

Thirty years ago today, on October 26, 1989, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced Chicago’s new “GreenStreets” program. The goal of the program was to add a half million trees to what “Chicago’s urban forest.” On the day of the announcement, Daley chipped in, helping plant a tree on the 8100 south block of Marquette.

Mayor Richard M. Daley plants a tree for Chicago's GreenStreets program, October 26, 1989

Mayor Richard M. Daley plants a tree for Chicago’s GreenStreets program, October 26, 1989. RMD_07_0061_0019_005_033

Source consulted

“Mayor Daley kicks off ‘GreenStreets,’ Chicago’s tree planting program,” October 26, 1989. Richard M. Daley papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago. Box 3-3, folder 24.

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Prime Minister Terence O’Neill of Ireland

On October 14, 1963, Mayor Richard J. Daley dined with the prime minister of Ireland, Terence O’Neill. The inscription on the photograph, written by Bishop Cletus O’Donnell (seated at the left of the image) reads: “Your Honor – a remembrance of your grand party for the Prime Minister of Ireland on the evening of October 14, 1963.”

A dinner party held in honor of the Prime Minister of Ireland. Seated from left to right: Bishop Cletus O'Donnell, Prime Minister Terence O'Neill, and Mayor Richard J. Daley, October 14, 1963

A dinner party held in honor of the Prime Minister of Ireland. Seated from left to right: Bishop Cletus O’Donnell, Prime Minister Terence O’Neill, and Mayor Richard J. Daley, October 14, 1963. RJD_04_01_0048_0010_001

A Chicago landmark: the Aon Center, formerly Standard Oil Building

The Aon Center, originally called the Standard Oil building, is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Chicago.

Chicago  Mayor Richard J. Daley inspects the plans

Mayor Richard J. Daley and John Swearingen, President of Standard Oil, view an architectural model of the Standard Oil Building (now Aon Center), circa 1967

Mayor Richard J. Daley and John Swearingen, President of Standard Oil, view an architectural model of the Standard Oil Building (now Aon Center), circa 1967. RJD_04_01_0026_0020_001

Groundbreaking!

Mayor Richard J. Daley and John Swearingen, President of Standard Oil, stand next to an architectural model of the Standard Oil Building (now Aon Center) at the groundbreaking ceremony for that building. Two unidentified men are behind them at the right, 1967

Mayor Richard J. Daley and John Swearingen, President of Standard Oil, stand next to an architectural model of the Standard Oil Building (now Aon Center) at the groundbreaking ceremony for that building. Two unidentified men are behind them at the right, 1967. RJD_04_01_0026_0020_002

Architectural drawings

Architectural rendering of the Aon Center Plaza showing a square pool with fountains and flags of the fifty states, circa 1970s

Architectural rendering of the Aon Center Plaza showing a square pool with fountains and flags of the fifty states, circa 1970s. RJD_04_01_0038_0013_002

Architectural rendering of the Aon Center Plaza on Randolph Street, showing the work "Sounding Sculpture" by Harry Bertoia with cascades of water around the ventilating elements, circa 1970s

Architectural rendering of the Aon Center Plaza on Randolph Street, showing the work “Sounding Sculpture” by Harry Bertoia with cascades of water around the ventilating elements, circa 1970s. RJD_04_01_0038_0013_001

Remembering 1989: Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first international visit as mayor

Thirty years ago this month, from September 13 through September 25, 1989, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley visited the United Kingdom and to the Republic of Ireland.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley chats with a security guard outside the building of the Lord Mayor of London, September 1989

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley chats with a security guard outside the building of the Lord Mayor of London, September 1989. RMD_07_006_0018_009_031

The main purpose of this visit, the first of what was to be many international trips during his 22-year tenure as mayor, was to promote Chicago business.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks with diners at Windy City Bar and Grill, a Chicago-themed restaurant in London, United Kingdom, September 1989

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks with diners at Windy City Bar and Grill, a Chicago-themed restaurant in London, United Kingdom, September 1989. RMD_07_006_0018_011_002A

Another reason for this trip was personal. Mayor Daley visited the homeland of his ancestors in Ireland.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley greets well-wishers during his visit to Cork County, Ireland, September 1989

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley greets well-wishers during his visit to Cork County, Ireland, September 1989. RMD_07_006_0018_001_012A

Remembering 1989: Public Information Audit for the City of Chicago

This month, September 2019, marks the thirtieth anniversary of the “Public Information Audit for the City of Chicago,” a report commissioned by Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Cover page to the Public Information Audit for the City of Chicago, 1989

Public Information Audit for the City of Chicago, 1989, cover page. RMD_01_0014_0003_CoverPage

Background

While campaigning for mayor, Daley had promised to “invite local businesses, universities and foundations with a commitment to Chicago to ‘loan’ their expertise to city government.” In an effort to fulfill that promise, Daley secured the help of the firm Jasculca/Terman and Associates, which agreed to donate its resources to study the public information functions of 45 city agencies and the mayor’s press office.

When the report was released, the mayor praised the Jasculca/Terman “for donating this valuable study.” He also stressed the importance of the city’s public information function:

Public information is among the most important services government provides. After all, the very best health care, education and police proteciton in the world will not be effective if the public doesn’t k now how to take advantage of it.

The executive summary:

The report found a number of inefficiencies in the city’s public information functions and made recommendations for fixing those inefficiencies.

The two excerpts below include the executive summary of the audit. Click on each page to magnify its contents.

Public Information Audit for the city of Chicago, 1989, first page of executive summary

Public Information Audit for the city of Chicago, 1989, first page of executive summary. RMD_01_0014_0003_006

Public Information Audit for the City of Chicago, 1989, second page of executive summary

Public Information Audit for the City of Chicago, 1989, second page of executive summary. RMD_01_0014_0003_007

The full audit may be viewed in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room at the Richard J. Daley Library, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ask a librarian for more information or to make an appointment.

Sources consulted

Chicago. “Public Information Audit for the City of Chicago, prepared by Jasulca/Terman and Associates, Inc.,” 1989. Richard M. Daley papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago. Box 1-14, folder 3.

“Mayor’s remarks: Public Information Audit,” September 11, 1989. Richard M. Daley papers, Special Collections and  University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago. Box 3-2, folder 6.

“The Daley Agenda for Chicago’s Future,” circa 1988. Richard M. Daley papers, Special Collections and  University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago. Box 1-7, folder 1.

Back to school!

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, and most of his children, attended De La Salle Institute.

Drawing of De La Salle Institute school buildings and adjacent football field. The original building (demolished 1984).

Drawing of De La Salle Institute school buildings and adjacent football field. The original building (demolished 1984) was located at East 35th Street and South Wabash Avenue. A new school building now stands on this site. RJD_04_01_0004_0009_007

Serving the public as county clerk

Richard J. Daley served the public in a number of positions, including clerk of Cook County. Daley held that position from 1950 until 1955, when he became mayor of Chicago.

Cook County Clerk Richard J. Daley assists a woman from behind an office counter, August 21, 1952

Cook County Clerk Richard J. Daley assists a woman from behind an office counter, August 21, 1952. Photo credit: A-Accurate Photo. RJD_04_01_0010_0005_003

Fishing derby!

Mayor Richard J. Daley sits on a boat in Lake Michigan during a Chicago Park District fish derby. Senator Richard M. Daley is behind him. Alderman Michael Bilandic is at the left, circa 1972-1976

Mayor Richard J. Daley sits on a boat in Lake Michigan during a Chicago Park District fish derby. Senator Richard M. Daley is behind him. Alderman Michael Bilandic is at the left, circa 1972-1976. Photo: Laszlo Kondor. MSLASZ13_0003_0004_038

Celebrating the moon landing

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts. After the astronauts’ return to earth, Chicago honored them with a parade downtown.

A large banner saying "That's One Small Step for a Man One Giant Leap for Mankind" hangs over a City Hall entranceway on LaSalle Street. A group of people are sitting on the curb waiting along the parade route, August 13, 1969

A large banner saying “That’s One Small Step for a Man One Giant Leap for Mankind” hangs over a City Hall entranceway on LaSalle Street. A group of people are sitting on the curb waiting along the parade route, August 13, 1969. RJD_04_01_0052_0006_011

As many as two million spectators may have witnessed it, according to Police Superintendent James B. Conlisk.

Michael Kilian and John MacLean, of the Chicago Tribune, described the parade:

It was more than a parade, it was glory. The brilliant blue sky was filled with ticker tape that seemed without source, streets and avenues were no longer thorofares [sic] but masses of humanity, and the cheers, the sirens, the ringing bells created so great a din that no other sound could be heard.

Apollo 11 astronaut parade crowd to celebrate landing of first man on the moon, August 13, 1969

Apollo 11 astronaut parade crowd to celebrate landing of first man on the moon, August 13, 1969. RJD_04_01_0052_0006_013

Mayor Richard J. Daley speaks from the podium at a ceremony in Civic Center plaza to honor Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins, August 13, 1969

Mayor Richard J. Daley speaks from the podium at a ceremony in Civic Center plaza to honor Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins, August 13, 1969. RJD_04_01_0052_0006_017

Source consulted

Michael Kilian and John Maclean, “Wild Acclaim for Heroes,” Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1969, p. N1.

Royal Chicago [UPDATED]

Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley admire a painting portraying them with Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Chicago in 1959

Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor “Sis” Daley admire a painting portraying them with Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Chicago in 1959. RJD_04_01_0042_0001_077

The painting depicted in this image is part of the Richard J. Daley collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library. To learn more about the collection, please see the Daley Family Collections research guide, or Ask a Librarian. Also, check out the 2018 blog post Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Chicago sixty years ago on July 6, 1959.

UPDATE

UIC library has opened a new exhibit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s visit. It is located on the second floor of the Richard J. Daley Library, and will be open to the public until September:

Exhibit to commemorate the Queen's visit to Chicago. Summer 2019

Exhibit to commemorate the Queen’s visit to Chicago. Summer 2019.

Remembering 1989: Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first Taste of Chicago appearance

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first appearance at the city’s annual Taste of Chicago event.

Mayor Richard M. Daley enjoys corn on the cob at the Taste of Chicago event, June 27, 1989

Mayor Richard M. Daley enjoys corn on the cob at the Taste of Chicago event, June 27, 1989. RMD_07_0059_0001_004_012A

The event had begun in 1980 under Mayor Jane Byrne and at that time had featured more than forty Chicago-area restaurants and lasted one day. By 1989, when Daley became mayor, seventy-seven restaurants were represented, and the event itself ran from June 27 through July 4.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley greets visitors to the Taste of Chicago event, June 27, 1989

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley greets visitors to the Taste of Chicago event, June 27, 1989. RMD_07_0059_0001_005_018A

On the day of the event, Mayor Daley said:

I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be than here at our great Taste of Chicago food fair. There’s music, fu, an dmore than 70 restaurants are here to take your order! We expect more than a milion people to come out Monday for our special Fourth of July fireworks display and concert featuring the Grant Park Symphony.

Sources consulted

Lewis, Antoine. “Taste also whets the other senses.” Chicago Tribune. June 28, 1989, p. 3.

“Remarks: Mayor Daley Opens Taste of Chicago,” Richard M. Daley papers, University of Illinois at Chicago, series 3, box 3-2, folder 10.

Tackett, Michael. “Du Jour.” Chicago Tribune. June 30, 1989, p. C1.

Vettel, Phil. “Taste if full of don’t-miss eating delights.” Chicago Tribune. June 28, 1989, p. 20.

Remembering 1989: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley leads the Gay Pride Parade

Thirty years ago today, on June 25, 1989, and only two months after being sworn in as mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley led the city’s gay pride parade. He was not the first Chicago mayor to participate, as Harold Washington (1983-1987) had attended while he was mayor. However, the local newspapers credited Mayor Daley as being the first to actually lead the parade.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, seated in car, greets a well wisher at the city's gay pride parade, June 25, 1989

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, seated in car, greets a well wisher at the city’s gay pride parade, June 25, 1989. RMD_07_0058_0026_003_013

Sources consulted

Griffin, Jean Latz. “Mayoral Hopefuls Support Gay Voters.” Chicago Tribune. February 5, 1987, page 1.

Page, Clarence. “Dealing with Gay Parades.” Chicago Tribune. July 7, 1985, page 3.

Rotenberk, Lori. “Daley is first mayor to lead gays’ parade.” Chicago Sun-Times. June 26, 1989, page 3. Newsbank. <https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.882004&rft_id=info%3Asid/infoweb.newsbank.com&svc_dat=AWNB&req_dat=0FD3D1C913B1A06F&rft_val_format=info%3Aofi/fmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Actx&rft_dat=document_id%3Anews%252F0EB36E660D6EB884> Paywall may apply. Accessed May 17, 2019.

Seigel, Jessica. “Daley’s support is inspiration to gay pride parade.” Chicago Tribune. June 26, 1989, page D1 and D3.

Centennial of Richard J. Daley’s high school graduation

Today, June 16, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of Richard J. Daley’s graduation from his high school, De La Salle Institute. Daley later went on to become Chicago’s second longest-serving mayor, from 1955 to 1976. His record was surpassed only by his son, Richard M. Daley, who served from 1989 to 2011.

Richard J. Daley with his senior class at De La Salle Institute (3rd row, 4th from right)

Richard J. Daley with his senior class at De La Salle Institute (3rd row, 4th from right). RJD_04_01_0043_0009_002

Remembering those who served

Unidentified military man, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, and Mayor Richard J. Daley at Eternal Flame in Civic Center Plaza, 1973

Unidentified military man, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, and Mayor Richard J. Daley at Eternal Flame in Civic Center Plaza, 1973. Photo: Laszlo Kondor. MSLASZ13_0001_0004_003

Baseball season in Chicago! Two teams, one mayor

Mayor Richard J. Daley prepares to throw out a baseball to start a game, as two baseball players, one in a Sox uniform and the other in a Chicago Cubs uniform, look on, circa 1950s

Mayor Richard J. Daley prepares to throw out a baseball to start a game, as two baseball players, one in a Sox uniform and the other in a Chicago Cubs uniform, look on, circa 1950s. RJD_04_01_0042_0001_103

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley visits Europe (1964)

Leaving for Europe

Fifty-five years ago this month, in May 1964, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and his wife, Eleanor “Sis” Daley, visited Europe. They accompanied other American politicians on parts of this visit, including Wisconsin Governor John Reynolds and Minnesota Governor Karl H. Rolvaag. They left for Copenhagen, Denmark on the inaugural Scandinavian Airlines direct flight from Chicago, arriving May 1.

Inaugural SAS flight to Copenhagen and Ireland, Eleanor and Richard J. Daley and others, 1964

Inaugural SAS flight to Copenhagen and Ireland, Eleanor and Richard J. Daley and others, 1964. Metro News Photo, RJD_04_01_0023_0005_001

Itineraries

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 1., 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 1., 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_003

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 2, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 2, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_004

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 3, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 3, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_005

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 4, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 4, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_006

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 5, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 5, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_007

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 6, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 6, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_006

The grand tour (selected images)

Richard J. Daley and Eleanor Daley with Pope Paul VI, 1964

Richard J. Daley and Eleanor Daley with Pope Paul VI, 1964. Pontificia Fotografia Felici, photographer. RJD_04_01_0049_0001_007

Eleanor "Sis" Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley visit the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France, 1964

Eleanor “Sis” Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley visit the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0005_016

Eleanor Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley meet the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Clement Harman at Mansion House, 1964

Eleanor Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley meet the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Clement Harman at Mansion House, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0005_020

 

Last stop: “Ireland, of course”

Chicago’s director of special events, Colonel “Jack” Reilly, accompanied Mayor and Mrs. Daley on the trip to Europe. When a reporter for the Chicago Tribune asked where the the Mayor’s last stop would be, Reilly answered, “Heaven.” He clarified: “Ireland, of course.”

Colonel Jack Reilly (left foreground) and others at a candlelight event during a trip to Ireland, 1964

Colonel Jack Reilly (left foreground) and others at a candlelight event during a trip to Ireland, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0012_003

Irish dignitaries

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley with Mayor of Dungarvan, Ireland, Andy Minihan, 1964

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor “Sis” Daley with Mayor of Dungarvan, Ireland, Andy Minihan, 1964. Colm O’Byrne, photographer. RJD_04_01_0023_0012_008

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley outside with Irish President Eamon de Valera at his home, 1964

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor “Sis” Daley outside with Irish President Eamon de Valera at his home, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0011_004

Relatives of late United States President John F. Kennedy

Trip to Ireland, Richard J. and Eleanor Daley with relatives of John F. Kennedy and others, 1964

Trip to Ireland, Richard J. and Eleanor Daley with relatives of John F. Kennedy and others, 1964. Colm O’Byrne, photographer. RJD_04_01_0023_0012_014

County Waterford

Mayor Daley’s paternal and maternal ancestors had hailed from County Waterford. In the section of Waterford called Old Parish, Mayor and Mrs. Daley received a warm welcome.

Mayor Richard J. Daley speaks at an Old Parish event to commemorate him during his visit to Ireland. Eleanor "Sis" Daley is among those seated on the dais, 1964

Mayor Richard J. Daley speaks at an Old Parish event to commemorate him during his visit to Ireland. Eleanor “Sis” Daley is among those seated on the dais, 1964. RJD_04_01_0042_0001_034

Local officials unveiled this plaque:

This plantation containing ten acres was financed by the contributions of some friends and associates of Richard J. Daley Mayor of Chicago, to whose honour it is dedicated. A.D. 1959

Unveiling of the Daley family homestead monument at Monameean during Daley's trip to Ireland, 1964

Unveiling of the Daley family homestead monument at Monameean during Daley’s trip to Ireland, 1964. R. Wiley, photographer. RJD_04_01_0023_0013_018

More photographs

See more images from Mayor Richard J. Daley’s 1964 trip to Europe

These photographs come from the Richard J. Daley Collection, housed in the Special Collections and University Archives of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library. Most of the photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available online in the Richard J. Daley Era Photograph Collection. For questions about the photographs or about making an appointment to visit UIC Special Collections, feel free to Ask a Librarian.

Sources consulted

“Newspaper Clippings–Trip to Ireland, 1964,” box SVB17, folder 4. Richard J. Daley Collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

Doyle, James. “5,000 Cheer Daleys in Ancestral Home,” Chicago Tribune, May 19, 1964, p. 9.

Morgan, Gwen. “Daley Pleads for Home Rule from London!” Chicago Tribune, May 16, 1964, p. 2.

Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

Remembering 1989: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first inauguration

Thirty years ago today, on April 24, 1989, Richard M. Daley was sworn in as Chicago’s mayor for the first of what would be six terms in office. This photograph comes from the Richard M. Daley papers, the processed portions of which are open to researchers. Please see the Daley Family research guide for more information.

Scene from Mayor Richard M. Daley's first inauguration, with a copy of the inaugural program

Scene from Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first inauguration, with a copy of the inaugural program. RMD_01_313_0007_001

Sixty years since Richard J. Daley’s first re-election as mayor

Today marks Mayor Richard J. Daley’s first re-election as mayor on April 7, 1959.

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley stands next to stack of petitions to place his name for re-election, 1959.

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley stands next to stack of petitions to place his name for re-election, 1959. RJD_04_01_0015_0003_013

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley jokes with a supporter during a re-election campaign, 1959

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley jokes with a supporter during a re-election campaign, 1959. RJD_04_01_0015_0003_003

Daley’s victory was huge. He garnered more than 777,000 votes while his Republican opponent, Tim Sheehan, polled only around 312,000.

Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley greet well-wishers at the mayor's inauguration for his second term, 1959

Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor “Sis” Daley greet well-wishers at the mayor’s inauguration for his second term, 1959. RJD_04_01_0015_0005_006

Work consulted

Tagge, George. “Daley Elected by 465,000,” Chicago Tribune, April 8, 1959, p. 1.

Remembering 1989: Richard M. Daley elected mayor of Chicago

On this date in 1989, Richard M. Daley won election as Chicago’s 54th mayor. He went on to serve a total of six terms, stepping down in 2011.

Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Mayor Richard M. Daley. RMD_07_0057_0002_003.

This photograph comes from the Richard M. Daley Papers, the processed portions of which are open to the public. For more information on doing research in the Richard M. Daley Papers, the Richard J. Daley Collection, and related collections, please see our research guide for the Daley Family Collections.

Happy election day!

Richard J. Daley stands in front of a voting booth on election day, flanked by his father Michael J. Daley and wife Eleanor "Sis" Daley, 1955

Richard J. Daley stands in front of a voting booth on election day, flanked by his father Michael J. Daley and wife Eleanor “Sis” Daley, 1955. RJD_04_01_0012_0002_018

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day event at City Hall with Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Valentine’s Day event at City Hall. Photo Laszlo Kondor. MSLASZ13_0002_0015_019

A stroll on a cold day

Col. Jack Riley, Illinois governor Dan Walker, Mayor Richard J. Daley, Senator Charles Percy, and others walking outside in winter.

Col. Jack Riley, Illinois governor Dan Walker, Mayor Richard J. Daley, Senator Charles Percy, and others walking outside in winter. Photo: Laszlo Kondor. MSLASZ13_0003_0003_001

Featuring: the Martin H. Kennelly Papers

UIC Special Collections and University Archives holds the papers of Martin H. Kennelly, who served as Chicago’s mayor from 1947 to 1955. During his time in office, Kennelly gained a reputation for honesty and for running a businesslike administration.

Portrait of Mayor Martin Kennelly

Martin Kennelly, ca. 1950s. RJD_04_01_0009_0007_014

Kennelly maintained ties with his fellow Democrats nationally and locally.

Mayor Martin Kennelly speaks at a Truman campaign event, ca. 1948

Mayor Martin Kennelly speaks at a Truman campaign event, ca. 1948. RJD_04_01_0001_0012_005

11th Ward Picnic, Richard J. Daley and Martin Kennelly, August 21, 1949

11th Ward Picnic, Richard J. Daley and Martin Kennelly, August 21, 1949. RJD_04_01_0002_0010_007

Mayor Martin Kennelly, Richard J. Daley, and John Mortimer display newspapers after the mayor's re-election

Mayor Martin Kennelly, Richard J. Daley, and John Mortimer display newspapers after the mayor’s re-election, 1951. RJD_04_01_0010_0002_009

In 1955, Richard J. Daley, who was Cook County Clerk at the time, ran against Kennelly for the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor. Kennelly lost, and Daley went on to win the mayor’s race that year.

In his inaugural address, Daley thanked the outgoing mayor:

I want to express the appreciation and admiration which I know all the people of Chicago have for the administration of Martin Kennelly. He will always be remembered as a mayor who made important contributions to his city.

The Martin H. Kennelly Papers holds more than 130 linear feet of materials and consists primarily of speeches, correspondence, and newspaper clippings from Kennelly’s three mayoral campaigns and his eight years in office. The collection is open to the public and researchers may access them by visiting UIC Special Collections and University Archives in the Richard J. Daley Library.

Sources consulted

Daley, Richard J. “Inaugural Address of Richard J. Daley, Mayor.” Richard J. Daley Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. Series 1, subseries 1, box 21, folder 4.

Martin H. Kennelly Papers, finding aid. <https://findingaids.library.uic.edu/sc/MSKenn77.xml>. Accessed January 17, 2019.

Richard J. Daley Era Photographs (University of Illinois at Chicago). CARLI digital collections. <http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/uic_rjdaley>. Accessed January 17, 2019.