It Happened Four Years Ago: Mayor Daley's Brutal Conquest of Chicago's First Ward

The experts on It Happened Four Years Ago by Peter Zelchenko

"A fascinating new book. ...The inside story about how aldermanic elections are decided in this town. For anyone who loves Chicago politics, this book is a must-read." --Steve Neal, Chicago Sun-Times

"Peter Zelchenko's book, with its extensive documentation, gives the most complete view yet of how the power at City Hall is used against independent aldermanic and mayoral candidates. This city administration has a lot to answer for." --Dick Simpson, professor of political science and former 44th Ward alderman

"Astounding book...a remarkable political detective story." --Leon Despres, attorney and former 5th Ward alderman

"The research is impressive... . It is the kind of citizen responsibility that is sorely needed." --Jack Mabley, veteran columnist

"The book was horribly written, filled with some pretty wild and silly conjecture...but it had a few great instances of how services were traded for votes. --Dick Miller, Capitol Fax


Because of the large number of graphics in the book, it is a very large file. The file "FourYearsAgo.pdf" (39.2 MB) has full-resolution graphics. You can also get the printed book used at Amazon, or directly from me -- but only when I'm not in China, which is not now.

High Resolution (39.2 MB)

If for some reason you can't find the file here, it should always be available at Archive.org with a search for "http://zelchenko.com/files/FourYearsAgo.pdf" (note no "pete" domain prefix):

Archive.org 2007 Copy


You may freely duplicate this book, for not-for-profit purposes, in digital form and print copies.

If you would like to contact the author for any reason, or if you can't get the printed book:

Peter Zelchenko
p e t e (at) z e l c h e n k o (dot) c o m