As he heads toward the end of his tenure, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley says he's enjoyed "every minute" of his time in public service.
At a meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., Daley was recognized with an award for Distinguished Public Service.
Daley has dedicated more than 30 years to public service, 22 of them as mayor of Chicago, but is stepping down later this year.
Daley served as President of the USCM from 1996-1997, focusing on crime and drug control, job creation, and mayoral leadership on improvement of public schools.
His fellow mayors praised him for his non-partisan politics through the years. Daley was also recognized for his work with smaller cities, making sure they have an equal voice.
He has hosted two USCM Annual Conferences, and will bring the annual conference back to Chicago in 2013.