Mayor of Chicago, 1976-1979
- Democratic Party
- Elected acting mayor (49th mayor) by City Council December 20, 1976 following the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley pending a special election
- Defeated Edward V. Hanrahan, Anthony Martin-Trigona, Roman Pucinski, Ellis Reid and Harold Washington in primary election April 19, 1977
- Elected to second term as mayor of Chicago June 7, 1977; defeated Dennis Block (Republican), Dennis Brasky (Socialist Labor) and Gerald Rose (U.S. Labor) in general election
- Inauguration to first term: December 28, 1976
- Inauguration to second term: June 22, 1977
- Born February 13, 1923 in Chicago
- Graduated from DePaul University with law degree
- Served in World War II as a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps
- Elected alderman of the 11th Ward in 1969
- Married Heather Morgan in 1977; together they had one child.
- Won seat on the Illinois Appellate Court in 1984
- Elected to a 10-year term as justice of the Illinois Supreme Court in 1990
- Became chief justice of Illinois Supreme Court in 1994
- Died January 15, 2002 in Chicago
- Buried in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Ill.
- Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
- St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Ill.
- Washburn, Gary. "A Mayor Who Had Hard Act to Follow." Chicago Tribune, January 17, 2002, p. 1.