It was confirmed that he suffered a massive and Daley was pronounced dead at 2:55 p. Royko, who was a seasoned Chicago journalist, ruffled all the right feathers with this slim yet damning look at the mayor. Daley, in his own fumbling manner, tackled the race riots, depopulation, and crumbling infrastructure that Rust Belt cities faced in the Post-War era. This book doesn't waste oodles of time psychoanalyzing everyone of Daley's actions. Obviously the Machine was and is, in its current form today racist, corrupt, and brutal, and for those outside of its embrace it was a force for state neglect and violence. Politicians, easily manipulated news organizations in print especially The Chicago Tribune and television, racist attitudes which created and perpetuated black slums, pandering to big business thru largesse and a corrupt, brutal police force.
It comes down to one necessary and incontrovertable fact: only a Chicagoan can truly understand and synthesize the experience and leadership of his or her city. If so, I'd love to read that too. In 1955, he was elected Mayor for the first time. But at the heart of this story is a depressing realization that democracy is easily manipulated, and people will all to often vote for a choice that is in opposition to their well being. That first job was only the beginning of his forty eight year tenure.
This was Chicago who wrote the book, as channeled through Mike Royko. In the late 1940s, Daley became Democratic Ward Committeeman of the 11th Ward, a post he retained until his death. Which is to say nothing of how good a mayor he was, only that the Machine's goal was power and patronage and it sustained both of those things. He made the unusual move of maintaining chairmanship of the Illinois Democratic Party The Machine even after he became mayor. As the top man in a well-oiled political machine, Daley was often considered corrupt as political offices were often filled with patronage posts and nepotism while public works projects came in well over budget after politically-connected contractors were chosen. Royko's writing style wears a bit thin at times he was a columnist for the Sun-Times, and most of the book is written in that sort of punchy, jump-to-conclusions, one-sentence-paragraph style but overall this is an excellent and accessible introduction to some of the ugly political legacies and relationships that continue to define Chicago's governance. The fact that the new progressive city is run by the son of the old, reactionary, Machine-run city highlights what I consider to be the main hope of humanity: demographic change.
However, the Summerdale Scandal involving corruption of the police department proved too much for the public to accept. He is buried in in , southwest of Chicago. Neither M I really enjoyed reading Author Mike Royko's columns in the major Chicago metropolitan daily newspaper, where for a brief time, we both worked. Bridgeport was part of the raucous South Side that was the birthplace of many politicians of his day. Neither definitive nor scholarly, it's still a mildly amusing tale of Daley, Chicago politics and his rise to power within it.
It's unbelievable to me that all of the venality was so out in the open and tolerated by the populace. Wilson, a professor at the University of California, turned this crisis situation to his advantage just in time for November elections. This is a serious and ambitious coverage of the internal workings of Chicago government. When Boss was published in 1971 Richard J. So, the machine came up with a write-in vote for Daley in the only space provided, under the Republican p.
There hasn't been a book written about an American mayor since that trumps this one. Royko clearly presents Daleys performance as Mayor in an objective perspective identifying his accomplishments as well as his weaknesses. The comptroller position gave him access to critical payroll information detailing who did what and for whom in Chicago politics. This method of denial seem to accomplish keeping Daley himself out of the line of fire at first. This is the story of the late Richard J.
There can be no doubt that Chicago avoided the decline in this period that so many Boss truly brings you into a critical time in Chicago politics, portraying the rise of Richard J. He was one of the last great journalists who still did a damn good job! Clout: Mayor Daley and His City. You see him gain confidence and maintain composure during tough times. Those who analogize it to the Mafia are on point, except its power the politicians are after, rather than just money. Roykos representation of Richard J.
It also answered some questions I'd had for a long time why is Mr. This book is his masterpiece. The bigots and the conservatives die out and their sons and daughters push us onwards towards progress. The late Mike Royko knew Chicago and how it worked. I'm going to try to dig up what he thought of that. The tongue in cheek style, the biting sarcasm, with which this is written made for laugh out loud moments, and I couldn't resist reading certain paragraphs to my husband.