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Beginning Campaign Appearances

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Film Identifier: F.2005-08-0228
Run Time
0h 8m 7s
color and B&W
Mag Stripe
Date Produced
Second of four reels adding up to the film Chicago Politics: A Theater of Power. 
Observational documentary following the 1987 Chicago Mayoral election, with a focus on the Democratic Primary between Jane Byrne and Harold Washington. Loose and anecdotal, it features footage from public appearances, civic events, protests, television broadcasts, and campagin speeches.
00:00:20 Segment begins about a 1982 protest of Chicagofest by Chicago’s black community (led by Rev. Jesse Jackson) to protest Mayor Jane Byrne’s policies toward blacks. Counter-protesters and black community activist Bob Lucas weigh in through interviews. “When [Byrne] was elected,” Lucas says, “she talked a great deal about ‘one Chicago.’ Now the woman has inadvertently, or advertently, polarized the city.”
00:01:07 As the camera pans over the new Chicago Children’s Fountain in front of 55 E Wacker, Jay McMullen praises the fountain’s planner—his wife, Mayor Jane Byrne. Audio clip of Richard M. Daley announcing his bid for mayor while Chicago workers assemble a podium.
00:03:10 Surprise cameo by a merman, intercut with black and white footage of Mayor Byrne and husband McMullen.
00:03:55 Black and white TV footage finds a young Richard M. Daley saying, “I make no apology for my name. I am proud of my family name. I am proud of my mother and father. It was from them that I learned my love for our city. … I look back to my father’s life with pride.”
00:04:18 TV footage of Richard Nixon calling the elder Daley “tough” but “fair,” and saying, “I can understand why in the minds of many, he is Mr. Chicago.”
00:04:34 Audio of Harold Washington declaring, “There are no good qualities of past mayors to be had! … None! … I have no regrets about [Late Mayor Richard J. Daley] leaving. He was a racist from the core, head to toe and hip to hip!” His speech continues, likening Daley’s oppression of blacks to the days of slavery and saying of the man’s son, “If his name were anything other than Daley, his campaign would be a joke.” He concludes with optimism, calling for redemption and to “give the best that we have to our society.” Scenes of Chicago paying respect to the late Richard J. Daley, plus images of Richard M. campaigning, fill the screen during his speech.
00:08:02 Daley supporter drives while speaking into a PA system, proclaimng the "the people of Chee-cago love Daley!"
Main Credits
Stamets, Bill (is co-producer)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Harold Washington (is participant)
Jane Byrne (is participant)
Jay McMullen (is participant)
Richard M. Daley (is participant)
Related Place
Chicago (represents)