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City of Big ShouldersA History of Chicago$
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Robert G. Spinney

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749599

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749599.001.0001

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The Challenges of the Post-Machine Years, 1976–1997

The Challenges of the Post-Machine Years, 1976–1997

(p.223) Chapter 12 The Challenges of the Post-Machine Years, 1976–1997
City of Big Shoulders

Robert G. Spinney

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks into the Democratic National Convention that returned to Chicago in 1996. It describes the Convention as the first presidential-nominating convention to be held in Chicago since the infamous and nationally televised 1968 Democratic National Convention. The chapter mentions Michael Bilandic, a shy, careful, competent, and hardworking lawyer, who succeeded Richard J. Daley as mayor of Chicago in 1976. It investigates how Bilandic kept Chicago on a straight course, even if he did not provide dynamic leadership. It also recounts Bilandic's undoing due to the fabled Blizzard of 1979, in which record-breaking snowstorms hit Chicago and caused a cold spell that kept the snow on the ground for fifty days.

Keywords:   Democratic National Convention, Michael Bilandic, Richard J. Daley, Chicago mayor, Blizzard, snowstorms

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