Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko

By Mike Royko

This can be the tale of the overdue Richard J. Daley, baby-kisser and self-promoter extraordinaire, from his inauspicious early life on Chicago's South aspect via his fast climb to the seat of strength as mayor and boss of the Democratic occasion computing device. A bare-all account of Daley's cardinal sins in addition to his milestone achievements, this scathing paintings by means of Chicago journalist Mike Royko brings to lifestyles the main strong political determine of his time: his laissez-faire coverage towards corruption, his precise model of public kinfolk, and the common impression that earned him the epithet of "king maker." The flesh presser, the laptop, the city—Royko finds all with witty perception and unwavering honesty, during this remarkable portrait of the final of the backroom Caesars. This new version contains an creation during which the writer displays on Daley's loss of life and the way forward for Chicago.

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Two larger, more permanent operators at this time were the Morgan Run and the Cassingham mining companies. These companies operated a series of mines and employed most of the men living on Hardscrabble Hill. 6 Upon their arrival, the greens found a situation in many ways typical of English miners emigrating to America. Hardscrabble Hill was a primitive enclave of miners, shacks and company houses isolated from the rest of the community. And while most of that community was of native birth, most of the miners were foreigners.

Two years later, Hugh Green took his son along with him on the two-and-a-half mile journey in the dark of morning to Morgan Run mine No. 3. Nothing his father said could have prepared him for the experience of working in a late nineteenth-century bituminous mine. Working conditions facing coal miners were unmatched in terms of privation and danger. Only flickering lamps distributed the total darkness as miners descended sometimes miles underground. Each miner either worked alone or with an assistant in his own small chamber that was never big enough to stand up in.

By pitting immigrant against immigrant, foreign against native born, black against white, operators hoped to enlist the prejudice of miners in their attempt to destroy union organization. Morgan Run followed up with two other familiar strikebreaking tactics: injunctions and evictions. Under force of law, miners on the Hill were thrown out of their homes to provide living quarters for the strikebreakers. In the face of this employer onslaught, Green and his local remained firm, finally forcing a settlement on May 1 that provided for the departure of the strikebreakers and union recognition.

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