On Mayor Richard M. Daley's Abdication of His Throne
When Daley the Elder, Richard J. Daley died in 1976, I remember the event. My brother, just 16, biked to see the funeral. Or he planned to. Our family talked about it all week.
When Junior picked up the job, all was well. Even if someone disagreed with his actual politics, he was Irish Catholic, a Democrat, and that was enough.
I have grown beyond the matter of my politics being just a mirror of my family and neighbors, and choose candidates from various parties.
Chicago politics was, and remains, a corrupt system. It gave us Barack Obama for a short stint in the Senate, Rod Blagojevich, and Lisa Madigan, and Michael Madigan.