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Chicagoist Weekend Theater: 'The Man Who Loved Chicago'

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 3, 2013 8:00PM


Richard J. Daley's December 1976 death effectively put an end to the Cook County Democratic Machine. Sure, it would creak along until Harold Washington's 1983 election and, even though Richard M. Daley enjoyed a rubber stamp City Council for the duration of his mayoralty, it wasn't the same as when his father was mayor. Rich Daley may have served as mayor longer than his father, but Richard J. Daley would always be the "Boss."

San Francisco-based speech professor and filmmaker Hank McGuckin was in Chicago when Daley died and returned in 1979 to film a short documentary called The Man Who Loved Chicago: Reflections on the Legend and Legacy of Richard J. Daley that he uploaded to YouTube four years ago. Today we bring you the meat and potatoes of the documentary: the Interviews.

Part 1: McGuckin interviews Studs Terkel About Daley's legacy.

Part 2: McGuckin Interviews onetime dean of City Council Ald. Vito Marzullo (25th) regarding Daley's legacy. Marzullo epitomized the Democratic machine as much as Daley.

Part 3: McGuckin interviews Rev. George Riddick, vice president of Operation PUSH.