Understatement of the Year
From the Time article, naming Mayor Daley in the "Top 5 Big City Mayors": The Setup
- He wields near imperial power, and most of Chicago would have it no other way. Two years ago, Richard Daley was re-elected to his fifth term with 79% of the vote. His annual budgets are routinely passed with only token opposition. He controls public housing, public schools and the city council. He is cozy with Big Business, is a master at the ward politics of fixing streetlights..."There's never been a [U.S.] mayor, including his dad, who had this much power," says Paul Green, professor of policy studies at Chicago's Roosevelt University.
Daley's unchecked power sometimes short-circuits public debate.