The Nation: Slicing Daley's Pie


Officially, city hall was closed in mourning for Chicago's late mayor, Richard Daley. Yet even before "the Boss" was buried, aldermen darted from one smoke-filled room to another, trying to work out a deal that would placate the city's clamorous ethnic groups. Proceedings were briefly interrupted by a memorial service, then quickly resumed. Daley would have appreciated the rough-and-tumble— and the fact that the Windy City's politicians were having such trouble slicing up the political pie left by the master chef.

The first to move was Wilson Frost, a black alderman who declared...

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