Despite a decline in popularity following 1968 Daley was historically re-elected for the fifth time in 1971. Conlisk and subsequently related that conversation at a City Hall press conference as follows:
"I said to him very emphatically and very definitely that an order be issued by him immediately to shoot to kill any arsonist or anyone with a Molotov cocktail in his hand because they're potential murderers and to shoot to maim or cripple anyone looting. " Many feel that by revitalizing the downtown area and firmly fixing the middle-class in place in the city limits Daley probably did save Chicago from declining to the extent of the average Rust Belt city.
Kennedy in 1960 and of Hubert Humphrey in 1968. He played a major role in the history of the Democratic Party especially with his support of John F. Richard Joseph Daley (May 15 1902 – December 20 1976) served for 21 years as the mayor and undisputed Democratic boss of Chicago and is considered by historians to be the "last of the big city bosses".