Daley devoted much of the past 2-1/2 years to Chicago's Olympic bid, and many see its failure as having a considerable effect on his legacy.
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Most Chicagoans couldn't help but view their city's bid for the 2016 Olympics with their mayor hogging the frame. Even though other public figures lobbied hard, from megastar Oprah Winfrey to President Obama, it was Richard M. Daley who became enshrined as the bid's public face.
But Mayor Daley's push to bring the Games to Chicago ended Friday, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) eliminated the city from contention and instead awarded the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro.
Following the defeat, Daley tried to make one thing clear to reporters in Copenhagen, where the IOC met: "This was never about Rich Daley. It was about [past Olympic greats] Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe. Not me."
Still, with Daley having devoted much of the past 2-1/2 years to Chicago's Olympic bid, many see its failure as having a considerable effect on his legacy.
"It's a huge blow to the mayor. [The Games] would have been the lead to his story," says Andy Shaw, executive director of the Better Government Association, a government watchdog group in Chicago. "Now he's facing a legacy as Chicago's longest-standing mayor who suffered through multiple corruption scandals. [Winning the Games] would have been spectacular."