CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was hospitalized in an intensive care unit Saturday after feeling ill the night before while returning to Illinois from a business trip in Arizona.
Daley had complained several times Friday that he was feeling ill and disoriented during a conference he attended in Arizona as part of his work for the law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman, said his longtime spokeswoman, Jackie Heard. When the conference was over, Daley flew back to Chicago and his family arranged to have an ambulance take him directly to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The 71-year-old Daley has maintained an active schedule since leaving office in 2011 and exercises regularly, even while traveling, Heard said.
“Mayor Daley has been a very healthy man and he rarely complains of feeling ill. So for him to complain more than once about not feeling quite right, of course that causes alarm,” Heard said.
Daley walked off the plane in Chicago before getting into the ambulance, Heard said.
Daley remained in the hospital’s intensive care unit Saturday for “monitoring and evaluation,” according to a statement released by his family.
Members of the family were with him and visiting the former mayor between tests, the statement said.
No other information on his condition or treatment was released. A spokeswoman for the hospital would not comment beyond the family’s statement.
His hospitalization occurred just hours after Daley’s nephew pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of a man during a fight outside of a Chicago bar.