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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

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

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749599.003.0012

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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