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Ed Kelly, ex-Park District chief, still getting even at 90: Steinberg

Former Chicago Park District Supintendent Edmund Kelly Ed Kelly Sports Program office 2224 W. Lawrence reminisces about his career.

Former Chicago Park District Supintendent Edmund Kelly, at the Ed Kelly Sports Program office at 2224 W. Lawrence, reminisces about his career. | Neil Steinberg/Sun-Times

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Updated: September 20, 2014 6:03AM

Edmund Kelly was born Aug. 19, 1924, and is one of the dwindling band of politicians from the Democratic Machine era.

He talks about everything from his beginnings at Seward Park, his friendship with Mayor Richard J. Daley, his relationship with Harold Washington and why he feels so sorry for Rahm Emanuel.

He became acting superintendent of the Chicago Park District in 1972.

When Washington fired him 14 years later, he said, “I don’t get mad; I get even,” and here, in a sense, he does.


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