Daley May Teach, Write Book

CHICAGO (CBS) — When he leaves office, Mayor Richard M. Daley says he’s considering teaching and writing a book.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, Daley says he has been on a schedule for the last 30 years. He has been a full-time elected official since he was sworn in as Cook County State’s Attorney in 1980, then as mayor in 1989.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports

Daley told the Chicago Sun-Times that he is considering whether to write a book. He says it would focus on policy but would also be a bit of a memoir.

He also said he would love to teach and would be interested in courses in leadership and government or urban issues.

On Wednesday, Mayor Daley addressed this and other issues at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. The group gave him the distinguished public service award.

Daley talked about the familiar subject of gun violence in the speech.

“We should not be killing our own on a daily basis,” Daley said.

He also told his counterparts to look to the private sector for money.

“This is the only way we can rebuild America,” Daley said. “I believe in that.”

Daley did not mention the parking meter lease deal enacted in late 2008, but that is the kind of private investment he thinks is necessary when citizens are taxed and the federal funding is cut.

Looking back on a life in public service, the mayor said he’s thankful.

“And of course the people of the City of Chicago; the great ‘I will’ spirit; the city of immigrants,” Daley said.

Mayor Daley’s last day in office is May 16.

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  • Best seller!!

    What’s he going to teach?? CORRUPTION 101?? I’m sure this will be a great read!!! This idiot couldn’t put together a meaningful sentence if his life depended on it. I wonder who Tricky Di ck’s ghost writer will be??

  • bonnie

    Good-bye and good riddence. What his father built the son torn down. Senior Daley would have never allowed or brought in Mexican’s especially illegals to be employed in City jobs, appointed to high level City job positions
    so the mexicans could bring in and hired their children, wifes, counsins, friends and any other relatives friends of friends for the jobs no supposeably do not want, like (park district, cta, city hall,street & sanitation, water department, meter reads, maintenance, street repairs etc. positions) because of Daley Jr. Chicago has become a Mexican haven. I believe in immigrants they built Chicago, but to bring in people due to a favor or hungry to win a mayoral election is corrupt. Now Mexicans both illegal and legal over runneth Chicago. Senior Daley is Irish and I know the lepercons
    are singing where did we go wrong.

  • Mason

    As the others have pointed out, nobody is perfect.. But the streets are clean. Garbage is picked up. Alleys are plowed when needed. Planters make our city more beautiful. Our Police have been very creative to keep on lowering our crime rate with fewer people. Teachers have worn themselves out to help the children continually raise the test scores over the past fifteen years. They have prepared for our future by better preparing our children. Public housing neighborhoods are like a night and day before and after picture of transformation compared to sixteen years ago.
    I don’t want to go back to fifteen or sixteen years ago.People and things were not that perfect back then. I think things are better now. I think they are going to get even better with everybody pulling together.

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