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