Father Pfleger: ‘Maggie was Mayor Daley’s rock’

Pfleger said Daley had two loves: ‘Maggie and being mayor’


By Chinta Strausberg


As thousands attended the wake of the late First Lady Maggie Daley Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, Father Michael L. Pfleger said few people knew how much they loved each other and how she was the former mayor’s “rock.”

“We lost a great lady in Maggie, a great warrior for our children and for the arts,” Pfleger told his congregation prior to his sermon. Pfleger said he has been praying for the former mayor during this period of grief.

In thinking back on the death of Mrs. Daley, Pfleger said, “Mayor Daley has never lived alone. He moved from his parents house to live with Maggie and a lot of people see that powerful man, the strong man, the very courageous man…, but few people know how in love they were, how much they loved each other and how in love with each other they were.

“Maggie ran the house. I’ll never forget one time I was over there. We were going to a ballgame at the United Center, the Bulls game,” recalled Pfleger.  He was at the mayor’s house and he said “Maggie yells up the stairs to Rich. ‘Rich, we’re leaving. We’re getting ready to go and hurry up.’” Pfleger said Daley told his wife he’d be there in a minute to which Mrs. Daley quipped, “You got five-minutes.”

Pfleger said to himself, “This is Mayor Daley.” Pfleger said, “She said OK and all of a sudden five-minutes came up and she said, ‘C’mon, Mike. Let’s go.’  I said, ‘You know, he invited me.’ She said, ‘C’mon, and we left out. We went and got into his car with his bodyguards and his driver, and I didn’t know what to say…. So I said well, is he going to come?

“She said ‘We’ll send the car back for him, but I’m not missing the beginning of the game because he doesn’t know how to be on time.’ “That was his rock,” said Pfleger. “The Mayor Daley I know had two great loves and that was Maggie and being mayor and he doesn’t have either of them now and I know that’s hard for him so we’ll keep him in his prayers and his family during this difficult time of Thanksgiving for them,” Pfleger said.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.