Thank you, Mayor Daley!

Maurice with Mayor DaleyHere in Chicago, history is being made. Mayor Richard M. Daley has announced that he will not run for re-election next year.

Some people may say that it’s finally time for Mayor Daley to hand over his throne. Others don’t want this legacy to end.

I, for one, respect his decision of stepping down from the mayor’s seat as Chicago aims to move in a different direction ahead. For those who knew Mayor Daley best, he is Chicago. He’s a huge White Sox fan, he played a major role in attempting to get the Olympics to come to Chicago, he helped build Millennium Park, expanded O’Hare International Airport … the list goes on. With all that, though, nothing compares to the huge heart he has for Easter Seals.

You might remember a previous post I wrote about meeting Mayor Daley. I was fortunate enough to meet this famous Chicago mayor on several occasions. On most occasions, it was related to Easter Seals. The Mayor was a big supporter of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago. He was one of the main figures to take part in building the Easter Seals Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research and was more than willing to donate some of the land of the Illinois Medical District where the state-of-the-art therapeutic school stands today.

I’m grateful to the Mayor doing his part to build a greater future for many children with autism as well as other individuals living with disabilities. Without Mayor Daley, there might not have been a “new” Easter Seals. Thank you, Mayor Daley for serving 21 wonderful years in Chicago.


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  1. Maurice Snell Says:

    I appreciate what Mayor Daley has done for the City of Chicago. Some of it was good, some of it was bad. He has weathered the storm in the past 21 years in office. Sure, Dave, he might have not fulfilled on all promises to Chicagoans, but he duked it on until the very end. He was courageous to take on many challenges. Jeanne, you’re absoluetly right; he is a great friend to Easter Seals. He helped change many lives for thousands of individuals living with disabilities.

  2. Jeanne S. Says:

    They mayor has been a real friend to Easter Seals and to all people with disabilities. We are grateful to him for his vision and commitment to children and adults living with disabilities in Chicago.

  3. Dave Says:

    I’m glad he will be gone, he didn’t uphold his oath, the U.S. Constitution, the 2nd and 14th ammenment. Now lets see if the new Mayor will follow the law.


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