The United States Conference of Mayors: Celebrating 75 Years

Daley Wins Fourth Term As Chicago's Mayor

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was sworn in for a fourth term March 1 after winning re-election February 23 with 71.9 percent of the vote over U.S. Representative Bobby Rush.

Mayor Daley's vote totals eliminated the need for an April runoff and the city's new nonpartisan election law requires the mayor to be sworn in on the first day of the month following his election.

Daley's victory marked several firsts in Chicago's history. When his four-year term ends in 2003, he will be the city's second-longest-serving mayor with 14 years in office. His father, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, was the city's chief executive from 1955 until his death in 1976.

The Chicago Tribune said that one single issue during Daley's campaign was the massive reform of the Chicago public schools and noted that President Clinton hailed the city's educational system as a national model for school reform in his State of the Union address.

Mayor Daley, 56, is a past President of the Conference of Mayors, serving in 1996-1997.

A traditional inauguration is tentatively scheduled for May 3 with the mayor and members of the new city council.