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  For Daleys, this day will be father's day
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Last EditedCOSDem  Apr 20, 2005 04:02pm
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News DateWednesday, April 20, 2005 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOn the Near West Side campus of University of Illinois at Chicago and at Block 37 downtown, final preparations were under way Tuesday for a major civic extravaganza.

It's a daylong tribute to the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, one of the most dominant political figures in the city's history and, with 21 years in office, Chicago's longest-serving chief executive.

Corporate Chicago has lined up with big bucks donations to honor the memory of Daley, raise money for what he considered his crowning achievement--UIC--and perhaps even to pay tribute along the way to his son, Richard M. Daley, the current mayor.

The festivities are scheduled for Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of the late mayor's inauguration, and they will include a symposium featuring former political luminaries, followed by an evening gala.

At dusk, the party will begin with a cocktail reception in City Hall, after which guests will walk across Daley Plaza, near a pictorial exhibit featuring the late mayor in the Daley Center lobby. Their destination will be a 14-peaked "tent city" erected on Block 37, Randolph and Dearborn Streets, where local companies have purchased tables of 10 for prices ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.
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