Oral History Of Richard M. Daley's Mayoral Career Is Now Online

Steve Miller
July 29, 2020 - 8:27 pm
Richard Daley Then Chicago Mayor 2009

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- University of Illinois-Chicago has announced that the Richard M. Daley Oral History Project has been completed, and now dozens of interviews are available online.

Daley’s papers and artifacts are at UIC, chronicling his 22 years as mayor of Chicago. He is the longest-serving mayor of the city, eclipsing even his father, Richard J. Daley.

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The oral history part of the younger Daley’s archives include nterviews with former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, the latter of whom offered comments in 2018 to Daley speechwriter Peter Cunningham.

Bush: “I’ll never forget choppering with Mayor Daley and we were flying down to the front there in Chicago. And I said, ‘You’ve done some interesting things, adding land.’”

Cunningham: “On the lakefront.”

Bush: “And he said, ‘Yeah, you paid for it.’”

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Cunningham: “That’s the kind of thing he’d say.”

Other interviews include former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett and Daley’s former press secretary, Jackie Heard.

The interviews with 45 people were done over two years.

UIC says those interviews and documents will be part of a class at the university this fall.