Experts: Daley's time as mayor a mixed legacy

May 16, 2011 1:19:36 PM PDT
Two experts say Richard Daley ends his record-long 22 years as mayor with a mixed legacy.

Professor of political science at University of Illinois at Chicago Dick Simpson and ABC7 analyst Laura Washington told Alan Krashesky on ABC7's "NewsViews" that the mayor deserves credit for popular projects like Navy Pier and Millennium Park -- they are credited with helping make Chicago a world class city.

"Unfortunately, he'll also be known as one of the mayors of corruption and patronage, and part of the machine, the new Daley machine not like his father's entirely. So there are pluses and minuses. Building? Yes. Promoting democracy? Not so much," Simpson said.

"Chicago's always also been known as the city of neighborhoods. And there's a lot of criticism out there for his overlooking of the neighborhoods. And in many ways, the city is nearly as segregated racially and economically as it was when he took over, and that's one downside," Washington said.

You can see the entire "NewsViews" interview during ABC7's news broadcast that starts at 8 a.m. Sunday.

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