Posts Tagged Mayor Richard M. Daley

Mayor Richard M. Daley wagers Eli’s Cheesecake with Boston Mayor Menino for upcoming White Sox v. Red Sox series

Thousands of Chicagoans jammed Block 37 across the Daley Plaza today as Mayor Daley hosted a pep rally for Chicagoans to join him, representatives of the Sox and Hall of Fame players like Minnie Minoso, Ron Kittle and Bill Pierce to wish the Sox the best of success in their quest to win the World Series.

Part of the celebration was a wager between Mayor Daley and Mayor Menino of Boston, a great friend of our Mayor, but someone who we hope, will lose his wager. This is the year of the White Sox.

The wager included great foods of Chicago, and in addition to Eli’s Cheesecake, included Robinson’s Ribs, Original Rainbow Cone, Vienna Beer, Stewart’s Coffee, Tootsie Rolls, Connie’s Pizza, Kim & Scott’s Pretzels, Buona Beef and Vienna Beef.

Eli’s created a very special Giant Slice for the Pep Rally

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, in full Sox attire, checks out one of Eli’s Cheesecake’s with Eli’s President, Marc Schulman

South Paw, the White Sox Mascot checks out the giant slice of Eli’s Cheesecake that Eli’s created for the Pep Rally and Bet.


Lt. Governor Pat Quinn is a big fan of the White Sox and Eli’s Cheesecake. Quinn was the only elected official back in 1992 to join then Governor Bill Clinton at Eli’s Cheesecake for a tour and to hear about Eli’s innovative workforce program, Eli’s U. In February of this year, Quinn was the special guest at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, when the school hosted Ground Hog Job Shadow Day for the City of Chicago


Chicago is excited for this series and the great season of the White Sox. The pep rally in Chicago was one of eight around the country as Major League Baseball celebrates post-season play.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley receives the Scott Award from Swarthmore College and gives the monetary award to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Chicago is fortunate this week to be hosting the Annual Meeting for the American Association of Botanical Gardens & Arboretums. With great gardens like Cantigny, the Morton Arboreteum, the Chicago Botanical Garden, the Garfield Park Conservatory and the new Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park, Chicago is the perfect place to host this group.

Mayor Richard M. Daley gave the opening key note address to over 600 members of the group at the Mid-America Club on Thursday. At the conclusion of his speech, Claire Sawyers, the Director of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College came forward to present the Scott Award to Mayor Daley. This is one of the most prestigious awards in gardening and horticulture and was given for the first time to a public official and for the first time at a location outside of Swartmore.

The Award includes a Medal and a monetary award of $10,000 which can spent at the complete discretion of the recipient. We were honored that Mayor Daley directed that the award be given directly to the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences and be spent on the organic garden and display at the 2006 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

CHSAS Principal, David Gilligan, with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum, at the presentation of the Scott Medal to the Mayor

Chicago Mayor Richard M.
Daley receives 2005 Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award from the Scott

Mayor Richard M. Daley was awarded the 2005 Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award on June 30 at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta held in Chicago, June 29 – July 2 by Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum. The over 500 horticultural professionals attending the meeting celebrated Mayor Daley’s accomplishments in “greening” the city of Chicago for the past sixteen years. Since he became mayor in 1989, the City has planted more than 500,000 trees, created 100 school campus parks, built 70 miles of landscaped street medians and spurred the construction of rooftop gardens on major buildings including City Hall.

“No matter which side of the political aisle one assumes, the mayor’s dedication to a greening agenda can never be questioned,” stated William Aldrich, president and publisher of Chicagoland Gardening magazine and supporter of Mayor Daley’s nomination for the award. These tireless efforts and forward thinking make Mayor Daley an ideal recipient of the 2005 Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award and, as the first politician to receive the award, a shining example for other politicians to follow.

The Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticultural Award, given by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, is considered one of the most prestigious in American horticulture. It was established in 1929 to recognize individuals who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have made outstanding, national contributions to the science and art of gardening. The 2005 award of a gold medal together with $10,000 is given as an acknowledgement of “achievement of great merit, a recognition of work in creating and developing a wider interest in gardening.” Mayor Daley requested that his cash award of $10,000 be given directly to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The school’s principal, Mr. Dave Gilligan, who accepted the check at the award presentation, said they will devote the funds to their organic garden and horticulture programs. The school is the only public high school to participate in the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.
“Mayor Daley’s contribution to the world of urban horticulture reaches across many disciplines. His insistence on bringing the catch-word ‘green’ into almost every project the city undertakes has brought new enlightenment, a new way of doing business in his busy city. Visitors may ooh and ahh over the median planters along the city’s Michigan Avenue, but that is the tip of the veritable iceberg of planting/greening initiatives that drive Chicago,” explained Aldrich.

“Mayor Daley had the vision to dream big dreams and to marshal public foundations and private-sector resources to make the vision a reality. What began with beautification of areas in the heart of the city’s business and tourism districts quickly expanded to include innovative rooftop gardening, environmental education programs, and the crowning glory of Millenium Park, which features world-class architecture and beautiful public spaces such as the Lucie Garden,” as described by Barbara Whitney Carr, President and CEO of Chicago Botanic Garden, and another nomination supporter.

In addition to spurring the planting of 500,000 trees, the placement 70 miles of new median planters, and the renovation of 30 miles of boulevard, the mayor has established Chicago Center for Green Technology. This facility was awarded a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and houses the Greencorps Chicago whose mission is to improve the quality of life throughout Chicago by providing horticulture instruction, materials, and employment. When creating the green roof on top of City Hall, the mayor wanted to set an example to other businesses in the city by improving the city’s own building first.

A former state senator and county prosecutor,

Daley was elected Mayor in 1989 to complete the term of the late Harold Washington, and was re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003 by overwhelming margins. He has been awarded the J. Sterling Morton Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Keystone Award from the American Architectural Foundation, Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine, Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine and many more.

“What Chicago has accomplished is a model for other cities, whether beautifying downtowns or working with residents and businesses to improve quality of life in neighborhoods,” stated Carr.

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Eli’s & Taste of Chicago have a great Saturday in the Park with Chicago and Mayor Richard M. Daley

With Chicago’s magnificent skyline and lakefront on either side, thousands of Chicagoans and visitors joined Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the group, Chicago, to celebrate the 25th birthday of Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago. The celebration was a great success with complimentary Eli’s birthday cheesecake for all and was a great testament to how important the Taste of Chicago has been to Eli’s growth and the great affection for Eli’s Cheesecake in Chicago and around the world.


A cheesecake so big that we have to use a forklift to put into position. Over 125 Eli’s associates were involved in our activities on Saturday, June 25th, including the cutting and serving of the big cake, the operation of our Booth and our hospitality tent.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley joins Eli’s, Maureen and Marc Schulman, for the Big Cake Cutting

Mayor Daley helps cuts a second slice from the Big Cake with members of the group, Chicago, Ted Allen of Queer Eye for Straight Guy, Collen McShane, Executive Director of the Illinois Restaurant Association and Larry Deshon, Senior Vice President of United Airlines, which is a long term brand partner of Eli’s.

Second City Alumni and comedian, Tim Kazurinsky, was the emcee for the event and helped cut all the cake for the thousands that were served.

Celebrating the success of the Big Cake and Eli’s activities at Taste was Eli’s Taste General Manager, Mike Neuhaus, with daughter, Nicole and wife, Peg.

The creation of an Eli’s Giant Cheesecake and the coordination to assemble it and serve it is a monumental task. Several thousand people who enjoyed the complimentary cheesecake are very grateful for the exceptional work of Diana Moles and Laurel Boger.

All of us at Eli’s were honored to have Mayor Daley participate in the Celebration and he presented us with his Greetings as a momento of the event.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley Tours the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

In connection with his visit to Mt. Greenwood to dedicate the Miracle Field,
Mayor Richard M. Daley took a tour of the Chicago High School for Agricultural
Sciences with student leaders of the FFA, principal David Gilligan, myself,d Roy
Shalabi, one of my co-chairs on the Business Advisory Council, a parent LSC
member and Chicago Park District Commissioner, 19th Ward Alderman Ginger Rugai
and Chief Education to Careers Officer, Jill Wine Banks.

Mayor Daley is Chicago’s greatest booster of Chicago’s role as a leader in
the Green Movement. From recycling, to organics, Mayor Daley is seeking Chicago
to be a leader in the schools and the business community. For that reason, it
was a great thrill to showcase CHSAS and its achievements for the Mayor. From
its students awards in FFA, to achievements in sports and academics, CHSAS has
become one of the most successful schools in the City and a role model for urban
agricultural schools nationally.

The Mayor was able to see each of the five career paths at CHSAS; animal
science, agri-business and entrepreneurship, food science, ag-tech and
horticulture and to see the important contributions that the FFA can make to
education in an urban school district.

We appreciate Mayor’s Daley’s support of CHSAS and look forward to our third
annual Ecological Entrepreneurship Program this summer–a joint project of
CHSAS, Wright College and Eli’s.

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