Daley Bestowed With Mayor’s Top Honor

January 22, 2011

Chicago’s mayor has received the highest award given to an individual by other mayors of the United States.

Mayor Richard M. Daley was granted the Award for Distinguished Public Service at the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

Mayor Daley in front of the Chicago flag.

Mayor Richard M. Daley

The award is the Conference of Mayors’ highest honor. Daley, who was USCM President from 1996-97, was named the Dean of American Mayors, a honor bestowed to only 19 mayors in the group’s 79-year history.

“As the 54th USCM President, Mayor Daley focused on crime and drug control, job creation, reducing inflexible and unfunded federal mandates, brownfields redevelopment, and of course mayoral leadership on improvement of public school,” according to the Executive Committee of the USCM.

“Without question, the lead role of mayors in public education defined a new agenda for the Conference of Mayors, and indeed the nation.”

The mayor’s 22-year run might be ending this May, but his legacy will go on; thanks to Daley, the 81st Annual Conference of Mayors will be held in Chicago in June of 2013.

Daley will be back in Washington D.C. on February 4 to accept another award. This one, from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation, will make Daley the first recipient of the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design. Check back for details.

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