Mayor Michael A. Bilandic Biography

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.
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