Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Hospitalized

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Heard said she believed Daley already was complaining about feeling ill before he learned of the developments in court Friday and that she does not think the news caused him to feel unwell.

Under the plea deal with a special prosecutor, Richard J. Vanecko was sentenced Friday to 60 days in a county jail followed by 60 days of home confinement.

The investigation by a special prosecutor followed a series of stories in the Chicago Sun-Times that raised questions about whether Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors mishandled the original case. The victim’s family contended there was a police cover-up because of Vanecko’s relationship to Daley.

Daley has been hospitalized at least two other times since 2000, when he was examined by doctors because of mild chest pains. He was also hospitalized in 2002 along with his wife because they were both suffering from severe stomach flu.

Chicago’s longest serving mayor with 22 years in office, Daley is credited with giving the city a face lift with new green spaces, a revived theater district, the transformation of Navy Pier into a colorful playground and the creation of Millennium Park.

He stunned the city when he announced in late 2010 that he would not seek a seventh term. About six months after Daley left office, his wife, Maggie, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died on Thanksgiving Day. Daley was succeeded by Rahm Emanuel, who left his job as White House chief of staff to return to Chicago and successfully run for mayor.

Daley is the son of Chicago’s second longest-serving mayor. Richard J. Daley died while in office, at age 74, of a heart attack in 1976.

(AP Photo: In this Monday, June 10, 2013 file photo, former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley places his cap over his heart during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays.)

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