Political Notes: Daley's Choice

After years of dictatorial rule over Illinois' Democratic apparat, Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley faced a potential party uprising as his organization's slate-making committee gathered to select candidates for Senator and Governor in this year's elections.

Two political aristocrats, OEO Boss Sargent Shriver and Illinois State Treasurer Adlai Stevenson III, were interested in the Governor's chair that Democrat Otto Kerner is relinquishing this year. Neither was overly eager for the tougher assignment of trying to unhorse Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, 72. And both were anathema to Daley's party regulars.

Shriver had often irritated local Democrats by floating the rumor that he was...