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CHICAGO (CBS) — Monday would have been the late Harold Washington’s 91st birthday.

The City of Chicago has declared this Harold Washington Day in honor of Chicago’s first African-American Mayor.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talked with a man who wrote the book on Washington’s rise to power.

Veteran TV reporter Peter Nolan has written a book called “Campaign,” about the 1983 election of Washington.

He recalled the Democratic primary that year pitted then incumbent Mayor Jane Byrne, Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Daley and the surprising congressman Harold Washington.

He says Washington made the best showing at that debate.

It marked the time when many people, especially those in the African-American community, began to believe he would win.

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