Daley’s appointees ranged from good to bad to embarrassing
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
Mayor Daley has been around so long and shuffled the deck of his City Hall cabinet so many times, he was bound to draw some bad hands.
That’s the way it goes when you’re Chicago’s longest serving mayor. Some of your appointees make you look like a genius. Others make you look like a fool. Or even worse, they embarrass you by resigning in scandal.
Daley has experienced his fair share of good and bad over the last 22 years.
He’s had some inspired choices — like the dynamic pairing of Paul Vallas and Gery Chico that kicked off Daley’s risky takeover of the Chicago Public Schools and continued for five headline-grabbing years before Daley pulled the plug.