Daley saluted by Chicago City Council

May 5, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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CHICAGO, May 5 (UPI) -- Richard Daley said he loved every moment of his tenure as mayor of Chicago while presiding over his final city council meeting.

Daley, whose term officially expires May 16, spent Wednesday reminiscing and taking the salute of the council he presided over since 1989.

"Thirty-two years on a schedule. I loved every minute of public service. It's a great calling," said Daley, who decided not to seek re-election after serving six terms and becoming Chicago's longest-serving mayor.

The Chicago Tribune said the council presented Daley with a going-away present -- a crystal bowl with the names of all 129 aldermen with whom he had served.

The session was all smile and good will with Daley making jokes about having to brush up his driving skills after decades of being whisked through Windy City traffic by a chauffeur.

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