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February 17, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) _ Eleanor ``Sis″ Daley, the matriarch of the Daley political clan who offered unwavering behind-the-scenes support to husband Richard J. Daley during his long reign as Chicago mayor, died of a stroke Sunday. She was 95.

The widow of the former Chicago mayor and mother of current Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley lived her entire life in the tight-knit Bridgeport neighborhood long associated with the political clan, which also includes her son, former U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley.

``She was the Daley matriarch, but in a lot of ways she was also Chicago’s matriarch,″ Heard said, adding that Daley’s March 4 birthday coincided with the anniversary of Chicago’s founding.

Daley was hospitalized after a fall and minor stroke in December 2001, and in early February 1999 for an irregular heartbeat.

She eschewed the political limelight and focused her energy on raising her seven children and offering private support to her husband, who ran Chicago’s Democratic machine for 21 years until his death in 1976.

The couple married in Bridgeport in 1936 and soon moved into a neighborhood bungalow that became the family bunker for decades, off limits to outside politicians and reporters.

Her son Richard, who has his father’s popularity without the reputation of political bossism, has been mayor since 1989.

Bob Ivers

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) _ Bob Ivers, a movie actor who once costarred with Elvis Presley and later worked in television news, died Thursday after a six-month battle with cancer of the esophagus. He was 68.

Ivers spent most of his career as a television news reporter, anchor and news director in Yakima, Phoenix, Lansing, Mich., and Fargo, N.D.

Before that, he costarred in several movies. He played Cookie in ``G.I. Blues″ with Presley and Kyle in ``Short Cut to Hell″ directed by James Cagney. He also had a role with comedian Jerry Lewis in ``The Errand Boy.″

Ivers also appeared in more than 17 television shows, including ``The Fugitive,″ ``The Untouchables,″ and ``Gunsmoke.″

In 1965, Ivers started working as weatherman and newsman for KPHO in Phoenix, then was news anchor and reporter for WJIM in Lansing. In 1970 he moved to KTHI in Fargo.

After moving to Yakima in 1972, he worked as news director and anchor at KAPP, hosted a morning children’s show and the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. He also worked at KNDO and ran his own advertising business.

He is survived by two daughters.

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