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"Chicago's Modern Mayors" with Dick Simpson, Betty O'Shaughnessy, and Kari Lydersen

Editors of Chicago's Modern Mayors Dick Simpson and Betty O'Shaughnessy as well as contributor Kari Lydersen will be in store celebrating the launch of the book!

About the Book:

Chicago’s transformation into a global city began at City Hall. Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy edit in-depth analyses of the five mayors that guided the city through this transition beginning with Harold Washington’s 1983 election: Washington, Eugene Sawyer, Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emmanuel, and Lori Lightfoot. Though the respected political science, sociologist, and journalist contributors approach their subjects from distinct perspectives, each essay addresses three essential issues: how and why each mayor won the office; whether the City Council of their time acted as a rubber stamp or independent body; and the ways the unique qualities of each mayor’s administration and accomplishments influenced their legacy. 

Filled with expert analysis and valuable insights, Chicago’s Modern Mayors illuminates a time of transition and change and considers the politicians who—for better and worse—shaped the Chicago of today.

About the Editors and Contributor:

Dick Simpson is professor emeritus, former head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a former Chicago alderman and congressional candidate. His books include Democracy’s Rebirth: The View from Chicago and Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality.

Betty O'Shaughnessy is retired visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago and former adjunct professor at Oakton Community College. Simpson and O’Shaughnessy are coauthors of Winning Elections in the 21st Century.

Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based journalist, author and assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She published Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99% on Haymarket Books in 2013. She previously was a staff writer for The Washington Post and her work has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian and In These Times.

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Thursday, February 01, 2024 - 7:00pm
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