For Soon to Be Former Mayor Daley, A (Sort of) Library For Him & His Dad

Former presidents get presidential libraries, but retiring Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has something smaller in mind for after he leaves office Monday.

Daley told The Associated Press in a Wednesday interview that he envisions an exhibit, possibly inside one of Chicago’s public libraries, to honor his family’s longtime civic commitment to a city where his father also was mayor. The late Richard J. Daley was the city’s political boss for 21 years until he died in 1976 and his son is retiring after 22 years in the office because he didn’t seek a seventh term.

The mayoral exhibit would display pictures from his time in office as well as his father’s, along with mementos and possibly his father’s desk, which the younger Daley used at City Hall.

“It’s not a mayoral library, it’d just be maybe a room this big,” he said gesturing around one of the rooms in his fifth-floor City Hall office suite that’s dominated by a long conference table where he spends much of his time.