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.