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Will Bill or John Daley move up?

Friday, Sep 14, 2018

* The family has been calling around trying to line up staff and support, so I do believe he’s making a move

Sneed is told former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, who was once President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, is planning a bid for mayor.

Word is Daley will make an announcement Monday, a source told Sneed.

It was unclear whether Daley plans to announce that he is forming an exploratory committee or a formal run for a seat once held by his brother, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and his father, Richard J. Daley.

* But John Daley has been waiting a long time to move up as well

Many county commissioners think it likely that if Preckwinkle moves to City Hall, County Board Finance Chairman John P. Daley would emerge as the acting board president — assuming this son of one Chicago mayor and brother to another wants the job.

* Speaking of the Daley family

A dozen years ago, five financially strapped city of Chicago pension funds invested $68 million in a shaky real estate deal put together by a former boss of President Barack Obama and a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley. […]

And not only did the pension funds not make a profit, records show they will end up losing a combined $54.2 million for the retirement plans, which cover Chicago teachers, police officers, municipal workers, garbage collectors and bus drivers.

On top of that, they spent $2.6 million on lawyers to fight DV Urban in court, litigation that finally came to an end last month when the retirement plans also agreed to pay $14,400 in copying fees that the company incurred during the court battles.

While I can see Bill Daley deciding to run for mayor, he has a bad habit of not following through on stuff. Also, I just can’t see his path after so much Daley fiscal wreckage. Then again, I haven’t seen any polling data.

…Adding… Greg Hinz on Bill

“He’s in. He’s staying in,” says a source close to the matter, replying “absolutely” when I asked if Daley is in for good.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Ben Gazzara - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 10:48 am:

    No matter what he announces Monday (and I sincerely doubt it will be a 100% “I’m in” declaration regardless), I would bte a large chunk of change he never hits the ballot.

    Sneed peddles this junk on his behalf for every open office, Bill toddles up to the pool and dips his toe in it, looks around very sternly and swears he’s serious this time, everybody falls for it, and then he doesn’t run.

    It takes a ton of fire in the belly to run that race and he’s a very successful 68 year old with no experience as a candidate. In a city that is very much over the Daleys. Why would he do it? (A better question is what compels him to keep flirting with these races via Sneed and the rumor mill)

    I’d bet anything he’s not on that ballot come Election Day.

  2. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 10:50 am:

    –A better question is what compels him to keep flirting with these races via Sneed and the rumor mill–

    Some people just like to see their name in the press.

    But yeah, the pool of Chicagoans clamoring for a return of the Daleys as the solution to Chicago’s problems is very small.

  3. - Amalia - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 10:50 am:

    Like him personally, and he’s smart, but, no. Just end the speculation.

  4. - Driveby - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 10:54 am:

    Few thinks expose Chicago’s moral bankruptcy than the reality that it continues to tolerate Daleys. This is beyond nauseating.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 10:56 am:


    November 16th.

    Bill Daley is an active candidate for Mayor of Chicago.

  6. - juan the legend - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 10:58 am:

    The Daley brothers are trolls. They should go back under their rock and stay out of public life.

  7. - DaleyMail - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 10:58 am:

    Something else is at play here. I wish I could tell you more. But I can’t. But mark my words, he has no intention of running. Watch. In six months, this will all make sense.

  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:00 am:

    ===But mark my words, he has no intention of running. Watch. In six months, this will all make sense.===

    Is that you, Chris Kennedy?

  9. - Long Time R - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:01 am:

    He likes seeing his name out there, but 10-1 says he dosent go through with it. He is bartering for something

  10. - wordslinger - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:01 am:

    Like he has many times before Bill Daley is casting a line to see if he gets any nibbles, which is very easy to do and costs nothing.

    But we’ve all seen this movie; it’s a perennial like “The Ten Commandments” at Passover/Easter. He has never followed through on a promised run yet. I don’t think he will now.

  11. - wordslinger - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:04 am:

    –Chicago’s moral bankruptcy…–

    Try the decaf, dude.

  12. - SAP - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:11 am:

    Somebody please tell Bill and John that the Daley name no longer has the cachet it had 25 years ago.

  13. - City Guy - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:14 am:

    I’m clearly just speculating but want to build off of Daleymail’s comment.

    I could see Bill Daley making the opening moves to run. But then steps out and supports Preckwinkle when she promises to make John Daley Cook County Board President. Bill benefits by John having more clout.

  14. - 32nd Ward Roscoe Village - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:14 am:

    Those of us who have to park on the streets in this city still live with the bad parking meter deal that has the name Daley written all over it.

  15. - DaleyMail - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:15 am:

    If it doesn’t, then why are you discussing it?


    I wish I was Chris Kennedy. I’d sure have a lot more money than I have right now.

  16. - DaleyMail - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:16 am:

    You’re awfully close, CityGuy. Awfully close.

  17. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:18 am:

    ===…supports Preckwinkle when she promises to make John Daley Cook County Board President. Bill benefits by John having more clout.===

    Couple thoughts.

    John is quietly the Finance Chair of the County Board. Lots of power, no spotlight headaches.

    Bill Daley cache that swings for Preckwinkle? John as Ward Committeeman can make this deal without leveraging Bill.

    It’s possible, sure, but I can see the Daleys waiting to have a choice THEY may like as president, with John keeping his chair with greater influence without the spotlight.

    I can see that play out. Yep.

  18. - Joe Bidenopolous - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:19 am:

    ===Something else is at play here. I wish I could tell you more. But I can’t. But mark my words, he has no intention of running. ===

    Says the commenter who claimed everyone would line up behind Jerry Joyce Jr. is that you Pickle? FYI Joyce = Daley, and I think the tolerance for a Daley crony outside the 11th and 19th is virtually nil. No one is clearing the race for either of them.

  19. - NIU Grad - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:22 am:


    Remember years ago when Chicago press kept introducing Patrick Daley Thompson as the “next mayor”?

  20. - TopHatMonocle - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:26 am:

    Don’t understand it unless he expects to get the Obama stamp of approval like Rahm did. Hard to believe that would happen, but he was the guy’s chief of staff.

  21. - paddyrollingstone - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:28 am:

    32nd Ward Roscoe Village “Those of us who have to park on the streets in this city still live with the bad parking meter deal that has the name Daley written all over it.”

    I will say this, before that deal there was never, ever, any on street parking available. I also wonder about the long term prospects of that deal. Not sure I believe this, but according to a study done by some think thank, there will be a lot less cars on the street in the future.

  22. - Colin O'Scopy - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:30 am:

    I was just thinking “if only a Daley would run to fix the mess a Daley created”. Prayers answered. /S

  23. - cdog - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:35 am:

    I doubt that a dynasty politician would be helpful for Chicago.

    Fresh leadership with no strings–a person needs to have dreams, right?

  24. - IrishPirate - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:46 am:

    The Bubbly Creek Hamlet would love to be mayor–he just wants to be appointed.

    “To be or not to be, dat is da question. Whether tis nobler street to speak to Sneed or to cry havoc and let slip the dogs of of wards and to suffer the slings and arrows of my outrageous 50 million dollar fortune………dere’s da rubber hits da road.”

  25. - Henry Francis - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    The Daley’s don’t need Preckwinkle running for mayor to help John out.

    But maybe Preckwinkle needs a Daley (any of em) in the race for mayor to help her win.

  26. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 11:50 am:

    Bill Daley’s political instincts are inferior to Chris Kennedy’s, and the revulsion against Rahm means his perceived strengths (business ties, Obama chief of staff) probably will not resonate with the electorate.

  27. - Langhorne - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:00 pm:

    Every time an election rolls around, daily gets indigestion, and confuses there with fire in the belly. Ain’t gonna make it to the ballot.

  28. - Gompers Park - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:09 pm:


    Put me down for the under.

  29. - Cheryl44 - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:21 pm:

    Channel 7 says Bill is running. I don’t know if that’s an official announcement–I’m on my phone on a bus.

  30. - Amalia - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:21 pm:

    Oh Irish Pirate and City Guy, you are making me laugh so hard today. great stuff.

  31. - Deja vu - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:29 pm:

    Where is Jerry Joyce’s kid in this? Were putting the back up band back together.

  32. - @misterjayem - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:10 pm:

    Chris Hinz (2018): “‘He’s in. He’s staying in,’ says a source close to the matter, replying ‘absolutely’ when I asked if Daley is in for good.”

    Chris Hinz (2013): “So, Bill Daley is in the race for governor — ‘100 percent,’ he says.”

    Maybe Bill Daley’s name will be on the ballot come Election Day, but I ain’t gonna take his word for it.

    – MrJM

  33. - Amalia - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:23 pm:

    I will say this, Bill Daley is very smart. ever talk with him? sharp. different than his brother, so wondering how the smart and not glad handy fits with retail politics.

  34. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:48 pm:

    GreekJoeBiden: you’re contradicting yourself. Either Joyce is a Daley crony, or they’re both running. Nice try at having it both ways, pal. Besides, who was it that predicted Rahm wasn’t going to run four months ago? And do you think that maybe, just maybe I was kidding about the comment you cited? Or maybe I wasn’t? Or maybe you’re trying to deduct your perceived truth of an outcome by subtracting one comment from another? LOL.

    I’ll be sure to troll your comments from now on to point out how little you know.

    Moving parts don’t move as much as they seem to. Until then, just call me SomeoneWhoKnows.

  35. - DaleyMail - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:50 pm:

    Irish Pirate deserves a statue of his likeness in both Uptown and on Pleasant.

  36. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:59 pm:

    Geez. Forget the parking meter deal. Just focus on the debt timebombs Rich Daley bestowed on us for decades to come. And he could have easily fixed the situation not by auctioning off our greatest assets to the lowest bidder but by having the political courage to have a modest property tax increase. And no, this isn’t Monday morning QB. I said so at the time even though it would cost me money. A little pain early or a ton of pain later. Daley chose the latter and we’re all suffering the consequences.

    No more freakin’ Daleys.

  37. - Slim Jim - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:17 pm:

    No more Daleys.

  38. - IrishPirate - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:37 pm:

    I actually think Bill Daley would likely be a good mayor. I just don’t think he has the “fire in the belly” to actually campaign for it.

    If I ranked my choices for mayor out of the rogues gallery of nobodyies and donenuthins who are running or contemplating running he’d be my second choice behind the Roseland Kid–Paul Vallas.

    Have to change his name to O’Vallas to round up the pasty Irish vote. Me I’m more evolved. I vote for the best candidate who has a chance to win and likely won’t end up in federal prison.

  39. - IrishPirate - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:39 pm:

    I mean in 2002 he let friggin Richard Mell’s threats keep him from running for Governor.

    I wonder how that turned out?

  40. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    I’m firmly in Chicago Party Aunt’s corner here, but agree with the other folks who write that Bill folds his tent early. I knew him a bit back when he was in the Investment banking biz and he just never struck me as a guy who would enjoy the down and dirty of a campaign.

  41. - west wing - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 4:03 pm:

    Not sure how Bill Daley will do on the campaign trail as a candidate, but he’s a political veteran of two Democrat White Houses with a strong jobs resume. He has a rationale for being a strong mayor with the clout to get things done and attract jobs in the global marketplace.

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