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Daley to Remain Hospitalized

By Alex Parker | February 2, 2014 6:43pm
 Mayor Richard M. Daley ruled Chicago for 22 years.
Mayor Richard M. Daley
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CHICAGO — Former Mayor Richard M. Daley will remain in the hospital undergoing tests for several more days after falling ill Friday, his spokesman said.

Daley was taken to the intensive-care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Friday after returning from a business trip in Phoenix. He had felt ill during the day, becoming "disoriented" on the return flight to Midway Airport, said spokesman Rick Jasculca.

While details of the former mayor's illness were not disclosed, Jacquelyn Heard, his longtime aide and a spokeswoman at his law firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman, discounted media reports that Daley had suffered from strokelike symptoms.

"No one...[has] said anything about stroke-like symptoms," she said in an email Saturday, adding neither doctors nor family members have said Daley experienced such symptoms.

She said he likely will remain in the hospital until the middle of the week.

Daley served as Chicago's mayor for 22 years. His father, Mayor Richard J. Daley, died in office of a heart attack in 1976 at age 74.

Northwestern doctors performed tests and evaluations on the mayor upon his arrival, and his family visiting him between tests.

Daley fell ill on the same day his nephew, Richard Vanecko, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2003 death of David Koschman, but Heard said she did not believe that news contributed to Daley's condition.