Chicagoans Line Up To Say Farewell — Quickly — To Mayor Daley

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) -– The door was wide open into Mayor Daley’s office Monday as thousands of Chicagoans got a chance to tell him goodbye after his 22 years in office.

People waited in long lines to be ushered in for a quick picture with Daley.

These were fast-moving goodbyes, but the mayor seemed determined to meet as many people as possible.

Some came in T-shirts, others in suits and ties — all preparing their final good-bye to Chicago’s longest-serving Mayor.

“He’s been such a good Mayor and I just want to be sure he gets off on the right foot. I want to wish him luck,” Lillian Jaros told CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez.

They filled elevator after elevator, some carrying keepsakes to share.

Some, like Sam Sianis of the famous Billy Goat Tavern, had already met the mayor before. Others, like Bob Dietz, have worked for him.

But most of the folks getting their photos snapped — each spending about 5 seconds with Daley — said they’re just life-long Chicagoans who felt a need to say thanks.

“He has done a great job. I really appreciate everything that he’s done,” Zenobia Scott said.

“I’m an emotional person,” a teary-eyed Ann Marie Frederick said. “But it’s a wonderful thing, and I hope he and Maggie have years together of happiness.”

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports

No cameras were allowed, but the city hall photographer snapped the shots, will be available online in two days.

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel will be sworn into office next Monday.

  • ST. Casmir

    Chuck Goudie of WLS7 news had a good piece on Daley the other day.

  • Carrie Wolfred

    Wish the mayor and his wife good luck for the future and good health, God bless you.

  • mike

    Good riddance to the jerk who almost completely ruined the live music scene in Chicago.
    the musicians of Chicago

  • Obozo

    and now you have Obozo’s mouthpiece to deal with…Al Capone would be so proud…..

  • Steven Wills

    I wouldn’t walk across the street to see him

  • Erin

    We are so sorry to see him go. But as we all know there are times in our lives that we need to rest and retirement will do a lot of good to the mayor and his wife. They were very good to all of us and made Chicago a lively city for us all to enjoy. Turn the page and continue your life. Nothing is forever so we must decide what to do with our own future.
    God bless the mayor and his wife and may they have a long life on earth.

    • matt

      Sorry to see him go? PUT DOWN THE CRACK PIPE!

  • Rob

    May God NOT bless Mayor Daley or that Maggie slob. All their corruption and ruining Chicago’s history ,so their buddies can all get rich . Daley’s whole family are bad people. The violent racist baseball bat wielding son Patrick, the corrupt nephew, illegally scamming taxpayers, the murderer nephew that the Mayor “saved” and Nora the moocher, mooching off the city.

  • Costellah

    Wow, Matt and Rob you really the same. Pray for those souls please. Thanks.

  • Corrie ten boom

    Maggie is not a slob. What is wrong with you. She helps all this young people and cares for the all. Which buddies got rich. We want to know.
    And Patrick? What did he do now? He seems to be a wonderful person and we all wish he was the next mayor. O, the nephew? He is not scamming the taxpayers. How much did he get? Norah the moocher? You are nuts. Shes working so hard this days and shes trying so hard to come out clean.
    Pray for this family. May God bless them all.

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