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Chicago Trivia Quiz #15—Answers

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1. The only Chicago mayor to become Governor of Illinois was __________.

(B) Edward Dunne (mayor 1905-1907, governor 1913-1917)

2.  What year did three mayors face off in the Democratic mayoral primary?

(C) 1983 (Harold Washington defeated Jane Byrne and Richard M. Daley)

3. What party did Joseph Medill represent when he was elected mayor?

(D) Fireproof (election was held shortly after the Great Fire of 1871)

4. Which of these distinctions does Fred Busse hold?

(A) He was the first mayor elected to a four-year term (1907-1911)

5. Besides the Daleys, name another father and son who were both mayors.

(B) Carter Harrison Sr. and Carter Harrison Jr.

Chicago Trivia Quiz #15

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A quiz on Chicago mayors—

1.  The only Chicago mayor to become Governor of Illinois was __________.

(A) John Wentworth

(B) Edward Dunne

(C) Adlai Stevenson Sr.

(D) Henry J. Dearborn

2.  What year did three mayors face off in the Democratic mayoral primary?

(A) 1927

(B) 1955

(C) 1983

(D) 1991

3. What party did Joseph Medill represent when he was elected mayor?

(A) Federalist

(B) Progressive

(C) Tribune

(D) Fireproof

4. Which of these distinctions does Fred Busse hold?

(A) He was the first mayor elected to a four-year term.

(B) He was the first mayor to become a U.S. Senator.

(C) He was the first foreign-born mayor.

(D) He was the first mayor removed from office.

5. Besides the Daleys, name another father and son who were both mayors.

(A) Edmund Kelly and Edward Kelly

(B) Carter Harrison Sr. and Carter Harrison Jr.

(C) William Ogden and Archer Ogden

(D) Big Bill Thompson and Little Bill Thompson

ANSWERS POSTED AT 5 P.M.

Capital of the World (12-6-1945)

Was Chicago finally going to get some respect?  That seemed possible on this date.  There was a good chance the city would become headquarters of the United Nations.

The old League of Nations had been unable to prevent World War II.  Now that the war was over, the UN had been created as a replacement.

William McFetridge

The delegates were temporarily meeting in London.  Most member countries favored putting the permanent headquarters in America.  But where?  Among the sites proposed were Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Westchester County New York—and Chicago.

A four-man delegation from Chicago had traveled to London to meet with UN officials.  Now the Chicagoans were on their way home.  Before boarding their plane, they talked with reporters.

“We feel absolutely confident that Chicago ranks high in the running,” said Corporation Counsel Barnet Hodes.  “We are more convinced than ever that Chicago meets every requirement.”

The war had been over less than six months, and much of Europe was still devastated and poor.  UN officials were frankly worried about the high cost of living in the United States.  That was one area where Chicago had an advantage over other American sites.

“We impressed on these people that they can get more for their money in Chicago,” labor leader William McFetridge said.  Housing, food, recreation, and education were cheaper than in any of the other cities.  Foreign diplomats could live very well in the Windy City.

Adlai Stevenson

The Chicago delegation had another reason to be optimistic.  The city had its own “inside man” at the UN.

Adlai Stevenson, an up-an-coming Chicago lawyer, was then serving in London as deputy U.S. delegate to the UN.  Stevenson wanted to get into politics.  Helping make Chicago the Capital of the World would also help young Adlai’s career.

If the UN did come to Chicago, where exactly would it be located?  The delegation did not comment on that.  Rumors were already circulating that the site would be Northerly Island.

Of course, Chicago never did become the UN headquarters.  A timely donation from the Rockefeller family secured the prize for New York City.  Back home, Northerly Island became an airport called Meigs Field.

Hey, since we didn’t get the UN, should we try to land the Olympics?

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Our Daley Bread

Today would have been Mayor Richard J. Daley’s 117th birthday.  In his honor, I’m posting an artifact from his last campaign, in 1975.  Here we have a recipe from the mayor’s wife, Eleanor “Sis” Daley.

The recipe is in a pocket-size 32-page booklet titled Shopping Tips—Compliments of Mayor Richard J. Daley.  It’s actually a pretty useful tool for your trip to the grocer.  There are tables of weights and measures, a guide to the amount of vegetables to buy based on the size of your family, as well as homey reminders to always shop from a list, check expiration dates, look for seasonal sales, and so on.

I must admit that our family never did try Mrs. Daley’s white bread recipe.  If anyone does do that baking and you like the result, please tell me—or better still, tell Rich Daley.

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Chicago Trivia Quiz #9—Answers

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1. The last Republican Mayor of Chicago was __________.

(D) William Hale Thompson

2. Who was the last local winner of the NCAA men’s basketball championship?

(B) Loyola University

3. The last Chicago streetcar ran on what line?

(D) Wentworth Avenue

4. The last movie John Dillinger saw was __________.

(B) Manhattan Melodrama

5. The last year Riverview operated was __________.

(C) 1967

Chicago Trivia Quiz #9

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For the last days of the year, a quiz on Chicago “lasts”—

1. The last Republican Mayor of Chicago was __________.

(A) Benjamin Adamowski

(B) Carter Harrison Jr.

(C) Martin Kennelly

(D) William Hale Thompson

2. Who was the last local winner of the NCAA men’s basketball championship?

(A) De Paul University

(B) Loyola University

(C) Northwestern University

(D) University of Chicago

3. The last Chicago streetcar ran on what line?

(A) Western Avenue

(B) State Street

(C) Clark Street

(D) Wentworth Avenue

4. The last movie John Dillinger saw was __________.

(A) The Public Enemy

(B) Manhattan Melodrama

(C) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

(D) G-Men

5. The last year Riverview operated was __________.

(A) 1963

(B) 1965

(C) 1967

(D) 1969

ANSWERS POSTED AT 5 PM

 

The Evita From Chicago (12-19-1997)

On this date, a Chicago-born woman was sworn in as the president of a South American country.  The woman was Janet Jagan, the country was Guyana.

She had been born on the South Side as Janet Rosenberg in 1920.  While working as a student nurse at Cook County Hospital she met dentistry student Cheddi Jagan.  The couple married in 1943 and moved to Cheddi’s native land, then  a colony known as British Guiana.

Janet and Cheddi

The Jagans soon became active in the independence movement, and continued in politics after independence was achieved.  Cheddi was elected president in 1992, serving until his death early in 1997.  That December, Janet was elected president in her own right.

Janet Jagan resigned the presidency for health reasons in 1999. She died in Brazil while undergoing medical treatment in 2009.

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