By Barton Lorimor, Undergraduate Assistant, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
Avoiding Phil Greer is an impossible task for any journalism student at SIU.
Before relocating to teach photojournalism in southern Illinois, Greer was an ace at the Chicago Tribune. He retired from the Tribune after serving as its photo editor and earned his place in the Chicago media by having near-encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its people. One of the people he knew and dealt with on a regular basis was Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Daley announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election after holding the city’s top job for 21 years.
The announcement came as a shock to the Tribune veteran, but took the opportunity to share some of their favorite stories about covering Daley.
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