Chicago: Washington's Victory Song

Washington's Victory Song

"My kind of town, Chicago is," crooned Mayor Harold Washington with more enthusiasm than tune. He had good reason to sing: the elated mayor was celebrating his re-election and emergence as Chicago's most dominant political figure since the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Washington took 53.5% of the vote last week to trounce his archenemy, former Alderman Edward Vrdolyak (42.2%), and Republican Donald Haider (4.3%). Cook County Assessor Thomas C. Hynes withdrew from the race 36 hours before the polls opened.

Becoming the first Chicago mayor to win re-election since Daley did it twelve years ago, Washington gained the kind of...

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