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Richard M. Daley has been Mayor of Chicago since 1989, and follows the long Chicago tradition of "tough boss" mayors like Daley’s own father, Richard J. Daley, who guided Chicago for 21 years.
The mayor has openly championed the principles of sustainability and urged the city to develop natural habitats and green public recreational areas. Hardly a person you’d dare call a tree-hugger, the mayor’s green crusade is radically changing Chicago by committing major resources to develop a holistic approach to urban ecology.
Since Daley took office in 1989, flower gardens have been planted in road medians, wrought iron streetlights have been erected and festooned with hanging flower baskets, and nearly three hundred new trees have been planted throughout the city.[an error occurred while processing this directive]