It was a weekend of political intrigue in Chicago Addick’s
household, well not really but I did meet the Mayor of Chicago
on Saturday evening and swapped pleasantries at a party I got invited to her by his niece, who happens to be a friend of mine.
The mayor who yesterday
confirmed that he will stand for re-election next year will be seeking his 6th term in office, which should see him pass his father’s
record of 21 years as mayor of the second city. In the last election 3 years ago, Daley got 79% of the vote.
The name of Richard Daley sparks much debate in Chicago, whose city politics have never been known for their integrity but there is no doubting the mayor’s powerful influence and unrelenting desire to make Chicago one of the world’s outstanding cities. In his time in office Chicago has moved from a dangerous run-down city to a sparkling model for the rest of the country to follow.
His commitment to the environment, conservation, the arts, architecture, modernising the transport system and his stand on gun control plus his advocacy in supporting Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid
will mean he’ll get my support, despite me paying some of the highest city taxes in the USA and of course we are now mates!
Then on Sunday night I saw the film Bobby,
directed by Emilio Estevez. The film, which has a star-studded cast, tells a number of different stories about ordinary people connected with the Hotel Ambassador in LA
, which later that day in June 1968 would witness the murder of the Robert F Kennedy, who carried the hopes of a young generation desperate for change. Bobby Kennedy was widely expected to be the next president of the United States but his killing changed history and no one will ever know how the country would have been different if JFK”s younger brother followed him into The White House.