Mayor Richard Daley’s Monster Mash
Mayor Richard Daley & his wife Maggie Daley at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Center is one of Chicago’s famous landmark buildings in the city. The decorations for Halloween were outstanding this year with an array of pumpkins, spider webs, gargoyles, haystacks, skeletons, spooky witches and a mixture of black and blue scary lighting. Over 500 guests attended the mayor’s favorite holiday party, and most opted for costumes instead of black tie.
The purpose of the ball was to raise funds that offer free programming, and a variety of activities for children. Showcased by the Department of Cultural Affairs. The Cultural Center hosts hundreds of free events and exhibitions every year. This year’s guests had an opportunity to see the building in its grand architectural style and marvel at the size of the massive halls. You might want to have your next event at this historic building!
Mayor Richard Daley’s Monster Mash Video:
About Mayor Richard Daley:
Richard Michael Daley (born April 24, 1942) is an American politician who served as the 54th Mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1989 to 2011. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and was re-elected five times until declining to run for a seventh term. At 22 years, he was the longest-serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley.
As Mayor, Daley took over the Chicago Public Schools, developed tourism, oversaw the construction of Millennium Park, increased environmental efforts and the rapid development of the city’s central business district downtown and adjacent near North, near South and Near West sides. He also expanded employee benefits to same-sex partners of city workers and advocated for gun control.
Daley received criticism when family, personal friends, and political allies disproportionately benefited from city contracting. He took office in a city with regular annual budget surpluses and left the city with massive structural deficits. His budgets ran up the largest deficits in Chicago history. A national leader in privatization, he temporarily reduced budgetary shortfalls by leasing and selling public assets to private corporations, but this practice removed future sources of revenue, contributing to the city’s near insolvency at the end of his tenure. Police brutality was a recurring issue during his mayorship.