The following is a timeline of Mayor Richard Daley's career:

April 24, 1942 - Born in Chicago to Richard J Daley, who became the mayor of Chicago in 1955 and remained in office for six terms until his death in 1976.

1964 - Completed his bachelor's degree at De Paul University.

1968 - Received his law degree at De Paul University.

1970 - Met Maggie Corbett, a 26-year-old executive at Xerox Corporation, during a Christmas party. Daley asked her to go out with him on New Year's Eve, and she accepted. Fifteen months later, the two were married.

1972 - Won his first elective office, to serve in the Illinois State Senate representing the 23rd district. He remained a state senator until 1980.

1980 - Elected as state's attorney for Cook County.

1981 - Daley's son Kevin dies. Kevin was born with spina bifida, a birth defect involving the central nervous system.

1983 - Made his first run for mayor of Chicago. The election was won by Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor.

1984 -re-elected as Cook county state's attorney.

1988 -re-elected again as Cook county state's attorney.

April 4, 1989 - first elected mayor of Chicago to complete Harold Washington's term. Washington passed away while in office.

Daley was re-elected mayor in 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003, winning a greater percentage of votes at each election.

1996 - Chicago hosted the Democratic National Convention.

February 2007 - won a sixth term with more than 70% of the vote, overcoming a City Hall corruption scandal.

April 25, 2008 Daley convened officials from Chicago's police department, social service agencies, religious groups, and schools to City Hall for a summit meeting on an outbreak of violence

October, 2009 - Chicago loses a bid for the 2016 Olympics despite a four years effort, millions of dollars in planning and a last-ditch pitch from President Obama

September 7, 2010 - Daley announces he won't run for re-election next year for personal reasons.

[Source: Richard M. Daley." Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Vol. 24. Thomson Gale, 2005.

Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2010. <>

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