From the Democratic machine to downtown's Picasso to the infamous Cabrini Green housing project, former Mayor Richard J. Daley redefined almost every aspect of Chicago during his 21 years in office. And his impact on the city is still felt today in politics, the city's skyline, and neighborhoods throughout the city.
A new website from UIC's Richard J. Daley Library examines the late mayor's life through archival footage and dozens of interviews with his family and colleagues. Among those interviewed are his wife Eleanor "Sis" Daley, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ald. Ed Burke, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Joining us to talk about the website is Peggy Glowacki, manuscripts librarian and archivist for special collections at UIC's Richard J. Daley Library.
Below, a selection of photos from the library's archive.
A 21-year tenure in office means a miles-long list of noteworthy appearances, speeches, acts, decisions, and more. Below, some highlights of Daley's poltical career.