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How’s Your Political I.Q.?: Week of March 5

Questions:

1. Richard M. Daley was just re-elected mayor of Chicago in a landslide. First elected mayor in 1989, Daley — if he completes his term and serves until 2011 — will be his city’s longest-serving
mayor. Who currently holds the record as longest-serving mayor of Chicago?

2. Who was the last Republican to serve as mayor of Chicago?

3. Who was the last mayor of Chicago to go on to another office after leaving City Hall?

4. Who was the last incumbent mayor of Chicago to be defeated?

5. Mayor Daley’s brother William served in Bill Clinton’s cabinet. What office did he hold?

Answers:

1. Richard J. Daley, father of the current mayor, who served from April 20, 1955, to Dec. 20, 1976, when he died in office. (The current Mayor Daley took office on April 4, 1989, and will surpass his father’s record on Dec. 25, 2010.

2. William Hale Thompson, mayor from 1915-23 and again from 1927-31.

3. Democrat Michael Anthony Bilandic, mayor from 1976-79, who was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court in 1990 and served as chief justice from 1994-96. He retired in 2000.

4. Democrat Eugene Sawyer, who lost the primary election to Richard M. Daley in 1989.

5. Secretary of Commerce.

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