Dailly becomes Schaumburg mayor, names Larson to art committee

  • New Schaumburg Mayor Tom Dailly, left, shakes hands with predecessor Al Larson after being sworn in during a special meeting Tuesday at village hall.

    New Schaumburg Mayor Tom Dailly, left, shakes hands with predecessor Al Larson after being sworn in during a special meeting Tuesday at village hall. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Tom Dailly, left, is sworn in as Schaumburg mayor by retired Judge John Tourtelot as outgoing Mayor Al Larson watches Tuesday during a special meeting at village hall.

    Tom Dailly, left, is sworn in as Schaumburg mayor by retired Judge John Tourtelot as outgoing Mayor Al Larson watches Tuesday during a special meeting at village hall. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson walks to his seat Tuesday for his final village board meeting at Schaumburg village hall.

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson walks to his seat Tuesday for his final village board meeting at Schaumburg village hall. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Departing Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson walks from his office to the council chambers for a special meeting Tuesday at Schaumburg village hall.

    Departing Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson walks from his office to the council chambers for a special meeting Tuesday at Schaumburg village hall. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson presides over his final village board meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson presides over his final village board meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Tom Dailly is congratulated by members of the audience after being sworn in as village president during a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    Tom Dailly is congratulated by members of the audience after being sworn in as village president during a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Tom Dailly, right, thanks retired Judge John Tourtelot after being sworn in as village president during a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    Tom Dailly, right, thanks retired Judge John Tourtelot after being sworn in as village president during a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, left, shakes hands with outgoing Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson during a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, left, shakes hands with outgoing Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson during a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • After being sworn in, Mayor Tom Dailly presides over a special meeting of the village board at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    After being sworn in, Mayor Tom Dailly presides over a special meeting of the village board at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • New Mayor President Tom Dailly, left, shares kind words for his predecessor, Al Larson, during a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    New Mayor President Tom Dailly, left, shares kind words for his predecessor, Al Larson, during a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • At the conclusion of his final meeting as mayor, Al Larson is congratulated by Schaumburg Police Chief James Lamkin at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    At the conclusion of his final meeting as mayor, Al Larson is congratulated by Schaumburg Police Chief James Lamkin at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Former Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, left, and his successor, Tom Dailly, facing camera, lower right, chat with well-wishers following a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    Former Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, left, and his successor, Tom Dailly, facing camera, lower right, chat with well-wishers following a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Former Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson leaves the council chambers after a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

    Former Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson leaves the council chambers after a special meeting at Schaumburg village hall Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/1/2019 8:44 AM

Exactly four weeks after 71.6 percent of Schaumburg voters chose him to lead the village as its sixth mayor, longtime Trustee Tom Dailly was sworn in Tuesday to do just that.

But as Dailly was the first to make clear amid the standing-room-only crowd in the village hall's meeting room, the evening belonged to his predecessor, 32-year incumbent Al Larson.

 

"I will always have this man as my mayor," Dailly said in praise of his mentor. "I think we all will."

Among the presentations Dailly made to the retiring Larson were a Willy Wonka-style "golden ticket" for admission to all village-sponsored shows and events at the Prairie Center for the Arts that now bears Larson's name and a similar perpetual pass to the 25th seat of the village's upper-deck suite at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium.

Larson also received a plaque commemorating his 44 years on the village board.

Longtime friend and Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod declared May 1 "Mayor Al Larson Day" in his own neighboring village and presented a resolution recounting Larson's long political history.

"I always call him 'Big Al,'" McLeod said.

"He's huge in his accomplishments.

Larson did not, in fact, give up all ties to the village government he led for so long. As one of his first acts as mayor, Dailly appointed him to continue his role on the Cultural Commission -- essentially replacing Dailly in what would have been an automatic position there.

Dailly also named Larson to the 1% for Art Committee which, while not recently active, may soon explore possibilities for public art along the new Progress Parkway through the Veridian Development on the former Motorola Solutions campus.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Accolades were also presented by officials of Schaumburg Township and the Schaumburg Township District Library, as well as by former state legislator Kay Wojcik.

Sherry Craig, wife of Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig, provided a little ribbing of the outgoing Larson by presenting him with a mug commemorating his "combative, abrasive" side.

"You got a problem with that?!" she joked.

The village board saw one true addition from the April 2 election as recent zoning board member Brian Bieschke was sworn in as trustee, technically replacing Dailly.

Incumbent Trustees George Dunham and Mark Madej, along with Village Clerk Marilyn Karr, also took the oaths of office to begin new terms.

Larson joked about his willingness to stay on the board between their swearings-in and before Dailly's.

"Does that wrap it up?" he asked Village Attorney Lance Malina.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments
Attention: We are experiencing technical difficulties with our Facebook Comments module at this time. Comments will remain disabled until we are able to resolve the problem. We apologize for the interruption. We invite you to engage with our content and talk with other commenters on our Daily Herald Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DailyHeraldFans/. Thank you.