Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who was Mike Royko and what was his interest in Richard Daley?

Mike Royko was born and raised in Chicago and became a journalist for several Chicago papers. Royko became famous reporting on the Daley Machine.

2. What was the comparison Mike Royko made between Richard Daley and the people of the City of Chicago?

Richard Daley, according to Mike Royko, was, ". . . rough-tough, . . . loyal to family, neighbors, old buddies, the corner grocer, . . . and liked nothing better than a good political brawl," just like Chicagoans.

3. What were Richard Daley's two contrasting moral positions that Mike Royko detailed in the Introduction?

Richard Daley was disturbed by public displays of immorality, but if city officials were using their offices for profit Daley would only warn, "Don't get caught."

4. Why, according to Mike Royko, were immigrants supportive of Richard Daley?

Immigrants, according to Mike Royko, supported Daley because they were accustomed to bowing to strong men wielding power.

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