All posts tagged: daley machine

Rahm Emanuel Elected Mayor of Chicago

May 16, 2011 Chicago gets a new mayor after nearly half a century of Daley family rule at the helm of the city. Looking back some images from Rahm’s victory celebration last night at the Plumbers Union Hall in the West Loop. — Rahm’s stubby amputated middle finger is almost as famous (or notorious) as he is. The result of a meat slicing accident as a teenager working at a suburban Arby’s, President Obama once joke that it rendered Emanuel “practically mute.” — As mayor elect, everyone wants a piece of you: — AKPD Media/Emanuel campaign centcom for projecting election returns into the Plumbers Union Hall: — For more images of Rahm Emanuel, please visit amandarivkin.photoshelter.com. — For more on Mister Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel, previous posts and articles: Fortnight Journal “The Chicago Way,” February 14, 2011. “From the Archive: Two Years Ago Almost to the Day, Former and Present White House Chief of Staffs Rahm Emanuel and William Daley at Obama’s Inauguration Luncheon,” January 21, 2011. “The Full Emanuel: Running with Rahmbo, Best Pictures …

From the Archive: Life Under the Daley Machine Redux

In anticipation (read: great joy) of covering the first Chicago mayor election in my living memory (yup, Richie Daley was elected when I was approximately five years old), I am digging through my archives in 2008/2009 covering some pretty interesting times in local politics then, that quickly became national and international politics. But then there were those moments of obscurantia that occur in city life and maybe do not get much more than a passing mention in local newspapers, usually part of a much bigger story. Such was the case with the Chicago police protest of their contracts the day the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) came to Chicago for its final evaluation of the city’s 2016 Olympic bid, which went to Rio instead. Knowing rumor around town has it Daley would not have offered not to run for reelection (this is a polite word for what “elections” have consisted of over the past 20 years for mayor in this office – as it is the primaries are the only race; there is no Republican Party …