Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley hospitalized at Northwestern, CFD says

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Chicago Fire Department said.

Spokesperson Jaqueline Heard confirmed that Daley was taken to the hospital after feeling "out of sorts" at his downtown Chicago home while he was with his eldest daughter.

Heard said the former mayor will remain hospitalized at least overnight and will undergo a battery of tests.

She said he is talking, alert and in a good mood, and said he wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses, as well as the fire department and paramedics, for taking care of him during what he called a "health scare." They have not disclosed his symptoms.

Daley, who turned 80 this year, was elected mayor in 1989 and served for 22 years. In 2014 he suffered stroke-like symptoms.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is painfully familiar to the longtime mayor. It was there, in the cancer ward named for his late wife Maggie, that he announced in 2010 that he wouldn't seek a historic seventh term as Chicago's mayor.

His father, Richard J. Daley, died of a heart attack at 74 in 1976.

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