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Michael A. Bilandic

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Michael Anthony Bilandic (February 13, 1923 – January 15, 2002) was an American Democratic politician and attorney who served as the 49th mayor of Chicago from 1976 to 1979, after the death of his predecessor, Richard J. Daley. Bilandic practiced law in Chicago for several years, having graduated from the DePaul University College of Law. Bilandic served as an alderman in the Chicago City Council, representing the eleventh ward on the south-west side (Bridgeport neighborhood) from June 1969 until he began his tenure as mayor in December 1976. After his mayoralty, Bilandic served as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1994 to 1997. Biography Early life and career Born in Chicago to Croatian immigrant parents (father Mate/Matthew and mother Milka/Minnie Bilandžić) coming from southern Croatia, Bilandic studied at De La Salle Institute (then known as De La Salle High School); graduating in 1940. Bilandic joined the United States Marine Corps dur
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