Fri, Apr 01, 2005
Two Years After Airport Destroyed, Mayoral Residence
04.01.05 Special Edition: Chicago Mayor Richard
Daley's officials residence was destroyed early Friday morning by
bulldozers and heavy equipment operating under cover of darkness.
It was remarkably similar to the destruction of Meigs Field, which
Daley ordered accomplished in the deep of night two years ago.
A demolition order posted on a nearby telephone pole said the
mansion was being razed to make way for a new city park. Park
District officials, however, said they were unaware of any such
"What the hell is this?" demanded Hizzoner as he awoke al
fresco, his bedroom fully exposed to the cool morning breeze. A
group of reporters had gathered at what was once his doorstep,
broadcasting live from the sidewalk nearby.
"Get outta here!" the mayor shouted to reporters, peaking around
a wrecked bedroom wall. "I'm not wearing pajama bottoms!"
The stately Chicago Mayor's Mansion had fallen into disrepair
since Daley took up residence. There were reports of strange noises
-- howling, screaming and rattling chains -- since shortly after he
became the city's chief executive.
There was no immediate indication of who might have ordered the
destruction of the mayor's home, nor of exactly who carried it out.
By dawn, the bulldozers, backhoes and dump trucks had disappeared
from the neighborhood with the last vestiges of night.
"Well, certainly, don't look at us," said Rachel Goodsteen of
the Meigs Action Committee. "We were all in Cicero last night,
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