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Former Mayor Daley's Wedding Date is Doctor He Appointed to Health Board

By Mark Konkol | July 30, 2013 3:19pm
 Richard M. Daley and Dr. Adele Joy Cobbs
Richard M. Daley and Dr. Adele Joy Cobbs
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Mayor Daley reportedly has a girlfriend.

Crain’s Shia Kapos writes that the former mayor has been dating Rush Medical Center Dr. Adele Joy Cobbs, who specializes in emergency medicine.

Sources who were at the George Lucas-Mellody Hobson wedding party, held in June at Promontory Point, said Daley and his date “hit it off after meeting at the gym,” Kapos reported in Crain's.

After Daley, 71, was photographed with the much younger woman at the wedding, I asked the former mayor’s longtime spokeswoman, Jackie Heard, to identify the woman who Kapos reported is a 41-year-old doctor. I never heard back. Heard, who ran Daley's press operation at City Hall, is now communications director for Katten Muchin Rosenman, where the former mayor is of counsel.

Neither Daley nor Cobbs confirmed their dating status to Crain's. Cobbs couldn't be reached for comment.

Animation of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Dr. Adele Joy Cobbs attended the party of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson at Promontory Point in Hyde Park on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
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We know plenty about Daley, Chicago’s boss for 22 years. He left office in 2011, and his wife, Maggie Daley, died later that year.

Here’s a little we do know about Daley’s date to the big Lucas-Hobson party.

Cobbs, who lives in Hyde Park, got her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and specializes in emergency medicine. She has worked at Edward Hospital in Naperville, and Mount Sinai Hospital and Cook County hospitals in Chicago. Cobbs’ mother, the late Sarah Cobbs, was a pediatrician.

In 2010, when Cobbs was 38 years old, Daley appointed her to the Chicago Board of Health, a position she still holds, according to the department’s website. Cobbs is the youngest medical doctor on the unpaid board.