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Daley Leaves Hospital After Illness

By Alex Parker | February 8, 2014 11:56am | Updated on February 8, 2014 1:14pm
 Mayor Richard M. Daley ruled Chicago for 22 years.
Mayor Richard M. Daley
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CHICAGO — Former Mayor Richard M. Daley was released from the hospital Saturday, more than a week after being admitted following an undisclosed illness.

Daley was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital last Friday after falling ill during a business trip to Phoenix. He was undergoing tests and was expected to be released from the hospital earlier this week.

The former mayor, 71, felt ill during last Friday, 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 stroke-like symptoms.

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