Daley takes farewell tour to North, Northwest sides

April 9, 2011 4:39:52 PM PDT
Mayor Richard M. Daley took his farewell tour to the North and Northwest sides Saturday, where he urged parents to help educate their children instead of leaving that job solely to schools.

Daley, who retires from city hall next month when Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is sworn in, was applauded when he arrived at Sauganash Elementary School.

He helped dedicate a new wing to the school.

He's visiting communities throughout the city in what he calls a Neighborhood Appreciation Tour.

Daley next went to Bromann Park in Edgewater. While there, he helped dedicate a new playground at the park.

The mayor wrapped up his day by dedicating a playground in Sheil Park.

This facility has been made accessible to those with disabilities.

As he completed his three visits, he told ABC7 that Chicago must never stop making progress.

"You cannot just stall the city down. That would be the worst thing to happen in Chicago. You always have to have that vision. You always have the idea that you look forward to getting something accomplished as quickly as possible," Daley said.

Daley said he worked very hard for Chicago, and he has no regrets about the leadership he offered the city he loves.