Mayor Richard M. Daley’s decision last week not to run for another term marks the end of an era for Chicago, which Daley has run for 21 years. By the time he gets out of office, Daley will be the longest serving mayor Chicago has ever had. To get Daley’s perspective on Chicago before he was mayor, we’ve put together a series of TV commercials from Daley’s campaigns.
You can also watch a documentary about Richard J. Daley on our website. Mayor Daley’s father also served for 21 years, from 1955-1976. The program was produced in 1976 to mark the 10 year anniversary of his death, and features commentary by Chicago’s most famous politicians, including Harold Washington, Richard M. Daley, and Dan Rostenkowski. Enjoy!