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.
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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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