Recent Chicago Mayors: Richard J. Daley through Rahm Emanuel

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, February 18 – April 1

6 pm – 7:30 pm

Led by Keith Koeneman

We will examine Chicago by studying its recent mayors, beginning with Richard J. Daley, who served as mayor from 1955 to 1976, and ending with Rahm Emanuel, the city’s current leader. In exploring mayors as political leaders we will encounter a number of questions: how does a leader’s background effect his or her worldview and personality? Why do certain public policy issues take center stage on the political agneda while others are ignored? The first Mayor Daley, Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, Richard M. Daley, and Rahm Emanuel will be covered. For the first session, please read chapter one of First Son.

Keith Koeneman is the author of First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley, which was published by the University of Chicago Press earlier this year.

Materials List


  • Keith Koeneman, First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley, ISBN-10: 0226449475
  • Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and University of Chicago Press websites

Readings for the First Session:

  • Please read Chapter 1 for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Seven sessions, $210.
Register online.