Emanuel’s in; Daley’s out. Their history in public office

Explore the political careers of Chicago’s longest-serving mayor, Richard M. Daley and newcomer Rahm Emanuel, who has stepped in to take over the Daley legacy. How did these two figures get their start in public service and what led them to Chicago’s most powerful political seat? Be sure to click on the dates in the timeline to read articles and watch videos about each historic event and appointment.


Daley elected to Illinois Constitutional Convention
Date: 1969
According to the Cook County Clerk’s office website, this was the beginning of Daley’s run as a public servant. Learn more about the Illinois Constitutional Convention:

Link: http://bit.ly/kiIvGa


Daley serves in Illinois Senate for eight years
Date: 1972 to 1980

Link: http://www.cookctyclerk.com/sweethomecookcounty/Pages/RichardMDaley.aspx


Daley elected to first term as State’s Attorney of Cook County
Date: 1980
He was re-elected for this seat in 1984 and 1988.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/07/timeline-mayor-daleys-career/


Richard M. Daley elected for his first term as Chicago mayor
Apr 4, 1989
Daley’s first term was short, because he was elected to replace Harold Washington, who died while in office.
Check out the Chicago Tribune’s recent article on Daley’s legacy as mayor:

Link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-04-30/news/ct-met-daley-timeline-special-section20110430_1_45th-mayor-daley-pledges-richard-m-daley


Chicago’s 45th Mayor is inaugurated: Richard M. Daley
Apr 24, 1989

Link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-04-30/news/ct-met-daley-timeline-special-section20110430_1_45th-mayor-daley-pledges-richard-m-daley


Emanuel joins Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign
Date: Nov 1991

Link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/clinton/interviews/emmanuel.html


Daley re-elected for first full term
Date: 1991
“Daley was re-elected mayor in 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003, winning a greater percentage of votes at each election.” -FoxNews.com

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/07/timeline-mayor-daleys-career/#ixzz1MsQig4sp


Emanuel joins Clinton administration as key staffer
Date: 1993

Source: http://topics.wsj.com/person/E/rahm-emanuel/5855


Emanuel’s last day of work with the Clinton administration
Date: October 19, 1998
The Washington Post reported Monday, Oct. 19, 1998 as Emanuel’s last day as a Clinton staffer.

While he retired from office, did he retire his dancing shoes? The Washington Post reported on Emanuel’s skill for ballet in addition to his accomplishments in the White House: “The tough-talking aide also takes time out each Saturday to don tights and practice ballet, which he began to study in high school.”

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/rahm101698.htm


Emanuel elected to first Congressional term
Date: 2002
In November 2002, Emanuel earned almost 70 percent of the votes in Illinois’ 5th Congressional district, taking the place of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was removed from office in 2009 and still faces trial for corruption charges. Emanuel served two more consecutive terms in this seat.

Sources: Chicagoelections.com and http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=E000287


Emanuel appointed as President Obama’s Chief of Staff
Date: November 2008



Daley’s plan to sell Chicago’s parking meters to private company is approved by City Council
Dec 2008
An infamous move during the Daley Dynasty’s final term. Read a live blog of this historic City Council meeting by Chicago Tribune staffers:

Link: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2008/12/aldermen-deba-1.html


President Obama announces Emanuel’s resignation as Chief of Staff
Date: Oct 2, 2010
The crowd laughed as Obama announced Emanuel’s resignation as Chief of Staff to “explore other opportunities.” Rumors of Emanuel’s run for mayor had already begun to circle the nation prior to this formal announcement, and the announcement was not a surprise.


Emanuel announces his “Tell It Like It Is Tour”
Date: Oct 3, 2010
“As I prepare to run for mayor, I’m going to spend the next few weeks visiting our neighborhoods, at grocery stores, ‘L’ stops, bowling allies and hot dog stands. I’m calling this the Tell It Like It Is Tour, because I want to hear from you, in blunt Chicago terms, what you think about our city.” -Rahm Emanuel



Daley announces he will not run for re-election
Sep 7, 2010
Watch Mayor Daley’s announcement about his decision to not seek a seventh term:


Daley is Chicago’s longest-serving mayor.
Source: http://www.cookctyclerk.com/sweethomecookcounty/Pages/RichardMDaley.aspx


Rahm Emanuel elected as Chicago’s next mayor
Date: Feb. 22, 2011
Rahm Emanuel avoided a run-off by winning just more than 55 percent of the vote during Chicago’s Feb. 2011 municipal election.



Emanuel is sworn into office
Date: May 16, 2011
Watch him take his oath:


Also, check out the Chicago Tribune’s article below on the historic event:
Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/…3891278.story


Emanuel leads first City Council meeting just two days after inaugural ceremony
Date: May 18, 2011

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/…2737607.story

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