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John P. Daley

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John P. Daley
Member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners from the 11th District
Assumed office
Preceded by Charles Bernardini
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 11th district
In office
Preceded by Timothy F. Degnan
Succeeded by Pamela Munizzi
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 21st district
In office
Preceded by John Vitek
Succeeded by Pamela Munizzi
11th Ward Democratic Committeeman
Assumed office
Preceded by Richard M. Daley
Personal details
Born (1946-12-05) December 5, 1946 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Lou Briatta
Children 3
Parents Richard J. Daley (Father)
Eleanor "Sis" Daley (Mother)
Relatives Richard M. Daley (Brother)
William M. Daley (Brother)
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater Loyola University Chicago (B.A.)
Occupation Politician
Committees Chair: Audit and Finance, Member: Health & Hospitals, Information Technology & Automation, Rules & Administration

John P. Daley (born December 5, 1946) is the 11th Ward Democratic Committeeman in Chicago, Illinois, a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners (11th District), and the Chair of the Cook County Board Audit and Finance Committee. He has previously served in both the Illinois State Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives, as well as being employed as a school teacher. He is the son of former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, as well as William M. Daley, former White House Chief of Staff under President Obama and United States Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton. Unlike his brothers, he continues to live in the neighborhood the family was raised in.

Daley is also an insurance broker who earns several hundred thousand dollars a year in this second job. In 2005, the City of Chicago endured a hired truck corruption scandal involving bribe money. The case involved a federal investigation and criminal charges to Daley associates.


Daley was born and raised in the Bridgeport neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. He is the second youngest child of former six-term Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley.[2] Daley is an alumnus of St. Ignatius College Preparatory School and Loyola University.[3][4] He was about eight years old when his father was first elected mayor and grew up at 3536 South Lowe with Chicago Police Department patrol cars famously stationed out front at all times, however the Daley children walked to school unescorted.[2][2]

When John's wedding to Mary Lou Briatta was announced in the April 24, 1975, edition of the Chicago Tribune, the headline read: "Daley's son to wed hood's daughter" due to his fiancees' father, Louis Briatta, linked to connections with organized crime.[5] The two have three children: John R., Michael, and Christine.[citation needed]

Daley is currently the only son of the former mayor who still lives in Bridgeport.[5]

Political career[edit]

Daley serves as the Ward Democratic Committeeman for the same 11th Ward that his father and brother served before him in the same capacity.[5][6][7] He assumed the position in 1980 from his brother who left the post to become Cook County's State's Attorney.[5] Daley oversees the ward's 50 precincts and their captains as well as assistants year round.[5] Among the duties of the ward committeemen are to determine Democratic endorsed nominees for office in their region. For example, when a United States Congressman such as Bill Lipinski leaves an unexpired term of office, Daley and other Ward Committeemen from affected districts such as Edward M. Burke and Michael Madigan meet to endorse a new candidate such as Dan Lipinski.[6][8]

John Vitek resigned from the Illinois House of Representatives on September 19, 1985 due to health reasons, which made way for Daley's appointment.[9] In the Illinois House of Representatives, Daley served the 21st District.[10]

In 1989, when his brother Mayor-elect Richard Daley named Timothy F. Degnan to his cabinet, John was able to move from the Illinois House of Representatives into Degnan's seat in the Illinois Senate that Degnan had assumed when Richard Daley went on to become Cook County states attorney nine years earlier.[11][12][13] In 1991, the Republican Party controlled the decennial redistricting and the Illinois State Senate districts were drawn to place John Daley into an unfavorable majority Black district.[14] In 1991, Charles Bernardini vacated a seat on the Cook County Board.[15] On February 3, 1992, after a few months of political dealings, Daley was voted in as the new 10th Chicago member of the Board by the other nine.[16] Pamela Munizzi was Daley's successors in both moves from Illinois General Assembly posts.[17]

When John Stroger, who was first elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1970 and who served three terms as President beginning in 1994, suffered a stroke on March 14, 2006, Daley was mentioned as a likely fill-in who could be trusted until Stroger's son, Todd Stroger, could run to replace his father as President and William Beavers could run for his seat in the November 2006 elections. Time described Daley as the second most powerful person on the board at the time.[18] In 2001, U.S. News & World Report felt Daley might rise to the presidency of the board himself on more than an interim basis.[19]

On the Cook County Board, he serves as chairman of the Audit and Finance committees. He is a member of the Health & Hospital, Information Technology & Automation, and Rules & Administration committees.[4]

Insurance career[edit]

In 1973 when he was 26, Daley first met with controversy involving his insurance career. At that time, the press made an issue of his father's decision to shift some of the city's insurance business to the Evanston, Illinois insurance firm with which John had business ties.[5]

In 2003, Daley confirmed that he earned US$400,000 annually from insurance commissions. In 2005, a hired truck scandal involved a client of Daley who plead guilty in the bribes-for-work scandal. Several of Daley's 11th Ward organization political operatives were charged or accused of being involved in the situation. Daley, however, escaped direct involvement in the ordeal,[5] which was investigated by United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in a federal investigation.[20]

Daley's business causes him many conflicts of interests in the course of business as a Commissioner on the Cook County Board. He frequently recuses himself or abstains from voting on various matters of business because of his extensive insurance network. Several of his clients do millions of dollars of business with the city and some are active in the city's hired truck program. In addition to his own clients, he is an officer in another insurance company that has no city government business.[5]


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  2. ^ a b c Braden, William (1986-12-07). "Family recalls Boss as perfect man whose Irish eyes kept smiling Series: - MAYOR DALEY REMEMBERED". Chicago Sun-Times. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  3. ^ Ibata, David (1985-08-18). "Builders Go Back To School, Rehab Landmark". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  4. ^ a b "John P. Daley (D)". Cook County Information Center. Cook Count. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Ciokajlo, Mickey; Robert Becker (2005-09-11). "John Daley- Mayor's low-key brother forced into spotlight as city corruption scandals invade his personal and political domain, the 11th Ward". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
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  9. ^ Sneed, Michael, Cheryl Lavin & Kathy O`Malley (1985-09-20). "City Ditties. ." Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  10. ^ "Editorial". Chicago Sun-Times. Newsbank. 1986-03-16. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  11. ^ Hardy, Thomas (1989-04-22). "Daley Mixes Old, New In Cabinet Posts". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  12. ^ Neal, Steve (1989-04-09). "Daley set to tap Degnan - Chief of staff nod seen - Kruesi, Welsh rate key posts". Chicago Sun-Times. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  13. ^ O`Malley, Kathy and Hanke Gratteau (1989-04-19). "News". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  14. ^ Hardy, Thomas (1991-10-01). "Top Democrats To Be Squeezed by GOP Remap". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  15. ^ Sweet, Lynn (1991-12-13). "Political Briefing". Chicago Sun-Times. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  16. ^ Fegelman, Andrew (1992-02-04). "Payback Time: Daley Brother Gets a Post". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  17. ^ Griffin, Jean Latz (1992-03-10). "Smith, Munizzi Campaign Politely in New 3rd Senate". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  18. ^ Cole, Wendy (2006-06-29). "All in the Family in Cook County". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  19. ^ Simon, Roger (2001-08-26). "Will you come home (to run), Bill Daley?: `Land of Lincoln' could be `Daleys' Domain'". U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report, L.P. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  20. ^ Eisenberg, Daniel (2005-08-01). "Ghosts in the Machine". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 


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