Daley to run again
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced Dec. 11 he will run for a sixth term, a move that could put him in office longer than his legendary father.
“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together to improve the lives of the people of Chicago,” Mr. Daley, 64, said in announcing his re-election bid.
The mayor will be facing some toughquestionsthistimearound,including dealing with the fallout from federal investigations into illegal political patronage and payoffs at City Hall.
Mr.Daleyhasnotbeenaccusedof any wrongdoing. His former patron- age chief, however, faces almost four years in prison for engineering a scheme to hide politics-based hiring by city offices. Other city workers have been caught up in bid-rigging and bribery scandals.
Mr. Daley had been looking at two formidableopponents—Democratic U.S.Reps.LuisV.GutierrezandJesse L. Jackson Jr. But after Democrats won control of Congress last month, the two congressmen chose to keep the higher-profile positions awaiting them in Washington.
Other candidates who have said theyintendtorunformayorareCook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and William “Dock” Walls, a formeraidetothelateChicagoMayor Harold Washington.
Mr. Daley was first elected mayor in1989.Ifhewinsre-electiononFeb. 27andservesthefullterm,hewillbecome Chicago’s longest-serving mayor.Hisfatherservedfor21years before dying while in office.