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January 19, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Daley wins endorsement from longtime foe Shiller

An independent alderman and frequent critic of Mayor Richard M. Daley endorsed his re-election bid Saturday, saying his attention to budget and development issues won her over.

Ald. Helen Shiller (46th), whose district includes parts of Lakeview and Uptown, has been one of the few aldermen to oppose Daley on city budgets and other measures.

Recently, she was one of only nine aldermen to vote against pay raises for aldermen and the mayor.

"I don't think I am letting out a secret when I say that the mayor and I haven't always agreed," Shiller said Saturday. But "despite public perception, we have often worked together."

Shiller said she decided to endorse Daley for the first time because he has shown a willingness to make affordable housing a priority. The city's Planning Department also impressed her with its work in her ward on a proposed retail and residential development on Broadway.

"We've made them work hard, and I appreciate that they've risen to the challenge," Shiller said.

Shiller said her endorsement does not mean she will refrain from criticizing Daley policies.

She was one of six North Side aldermen to endorse Daley on Saturday. The others were Patrick O'Connor (40th), Gene Schulter (47th), Mary Ann Smith (48th), Joe Moore (49th) and Bernard Stone (50th). Daley also endorsed the six aldermen.

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