With the announcement that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is vacating office after his term ends, Chicago is flagellating in a potential political vacuum, wondering how they’re going to fill such an iconic hole—after all, Daley has held office since 1989, when Chicago house music was just entering puberty.
Some pundits say there’s no shortage of holes in Chicago to fill Daley’s place, but chances are Chicagoland will never again see a Mayor’s office so supportive of house music.
On August 10, 2005, Daley famously proclaimed “House Unity Day” in Chicago, in celebration of the 21st anniversary of house music. The proclamation recognized Chicago as “the original home of house music” and that the music’s original creators “were inspired by the love of their city, with the dream that someday their music would spread a message of peace and unity throughout the world.”
DJs such a Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson, Paul Johnson, and Mickey Oliver celebrated the proclamation at the Summer Dance Series, an event organized by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
Twenty years ago, when Mayor Daley took office, Maurice Joshua released “This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze).”
And Lady Gaga was three.
As far as replacements go, Rahm Emanuel is not considered a serious candidate among Chicago house music aficionados. “He’s a fan of ballet,” said DJ Dale Verksters. “I really don’t see him as a viable house-music candidate.”