During the spring 2017 semester, Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and former White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley spoke to Honors College students of the “City at a Crossroads: Local, National and Global Politics in Chicago, 1968” class held in the Special Collections and University Archives department at the Richard J. Daley Library. The Daleys shared their personal experiences of the key events in the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s in Chicago, as well as insights about their father, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley.
The Honors College students were eager to hear the Daleys’ perspectives on the patterns that emerge when comparing the societal issues of the past to today’s, and had an opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions to each of their guests.
On the topic of his father’s legacy, William M. Daley remarked that he though the late mayor “…would’ve wanted to have been remembered for his work on urban issues and rebuilding Chicago, rather than political matters.” He concluded by saying that his father ultimately had a positive impact and that “the City of Chicago is stronger after his 21 years in office.”
To learn more about the Richard J. Daley Collection, visit rjd.library.uic.edu/ or call Special Collections and University Archives at (312) 996-2742.