CHICAGO (SCS) — Former Mayor Richard M. Daley was released from hospital, five days after suffering what a spokesperson described as a “neurological event”, and is currently being treated at a rehabilitation center.
Daley was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Wednesday after beginning to feel unwell at home with his daughter, Nora, according to his former publicist, Jacqueline Heard.
He was released from Northwestern on Monday evening and his doctor, Dr. Eric Terman, said Daley was now at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab “for a short stay,” according to Heard.
Terman explained that Daley had a “neurological event” last Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Heard.
“Daley and his family deeply appreciate the outpouring of concern and prayers and again wish to thank the members of CFD and the doctors, nurses and other staff at North West,” Heard said.
Daley, 80, served as mayor from 1989 to 2011 — the longest span of any Chicago mayor. His father, Richard J. Daley, served almost as long, from 1955 to 1976.
Before being elected mayor, Daley served as an Illinois state senator from 1972 to 1980 and Cook County state’s attorney from 1981 to 1989. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1983 — when he and incumbent Jane Byrne lost the Democratic primary to Harold Washington. .
But Daley won the mayoral race in a special election in 1989 to complete the late Mayor Washington’s term – taking over from acting Mayor Eugene Sawyer, whom he defeated in the Democratic primary. He was re-elected five more times, in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007.
In 2011, Mayor Daley surprised many when he decided not to run again. Since retiring from politics, he has kept a fairly low profile.
after being disoriented on a plane returning from Arizona. He remained in intensive care for more than a week.
CBS 2 Vault: One-on-one with Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2010