American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation
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Now in paperback comes the story of Richard J. Daley, the last of the big city bosses, the patriarch of a political dynasty, and a major national figure in American urban politics. of photos.
vote, said that a scrawl written in the precinct binder in the 5th precinct of the 24th Ward when his vote was cast was definitely not his. In the 11th precinct of the same ward, the Tribune found four voters named “Mitchell” whose names, according to a handwriting expert, were all forged by the same person. 51 In the 23rd precinct of the 25th Ward, Elizabeth Roland, nominally a Republican judge, tried to vote although she was not listed in the precinct binder. A poll watcher from a nonpartisan
suggests purposeful malfeasance,” the grand jury reported. Daley pronounced himself “shocked” by the findings, and said the new report would be “given the most serious consideration.” 33 Two weeks later, Daley declined to reappoint a member of the Chicago school board. Jack Witkowsky had done a “fine job,” Daley said, but he had decided to appoint a politically connected lawyer who had worked as an adviser to several elected officials because of his “better understanding of the legislature.” It
May 1973, bore the boosterish name Chicago 21, because it was intended to carry the city into the twenty-first century. Chicago 21 laid out a $15 billion blueprint for overhauling downtown Chicago, including new construction and an aggressive campaign to double the central area’s population. Among its suggestions were building more family-sized apartments, constructing a playground on the banks of the Chicago River, and developing more mass-transit lines. In time, the plan envisioned an entirely
Robert Warden, interview with the authors. 22. CT, 7/8/68; Jerome Torshen, interview with the authors; CT, 8/21/66; CT, 8/20/66. 23. CT, 8/20/66. 24. CT, 8/20/66; Yarbrough, Judge Frank Johnson, pp. 120–212; CT, 8/25/66; CT, 8/26/66. 25. Anderson and Pickering, Confronting the Color Line, p. 257; Ralph, Northern Protest, p. 164; CT, 8/23/66. 26. Weisbrot, Freedom Bound, p. 183. 27. Anderson and Pickering, Confronting the Color Line, p. 259; CD, 8/27/66. 28. Anderson and Pickering,
against watered-down Eisenhower Republicanism and the “socialistic” United Nations. It endorsed Merriam over Daley because it despised the Democratic machine even more than it hated Republican impostors. But Merriam had endorsed both Stevenson and Douglas in their last races, and he was “the darling of the Independent Voters of Illinois, the organized left wing of the Democratic Party,” the paper editorialized. “Merriam’s marriage to the Republican Party is obviously and shamelessly a marriage of