1981 TO 1990

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This decade was relatively positive for the Ironworker with a large amount of large downtown jobs (see below) and the normal amount of other work except for 1982-1983 when the unemployment rate reached 9.7% and then receded.

  • 66 story 900 North Michigan
  • 65 story Two Prudential Plaza
  • 63 story Olympia Center
  • 61 story North Pier Apartments
  • 61 story A T & T Corporate Center
  • 58 story One Magnificent Mile
  • 57 story Onterie Center
  • 57 story Third First National
  • 56 story Huron Plaza
  • 55 story North Harbor Tower
  • 50 story181 West Madison
  • 50 story Leo Burnett Building
  • 46 story Michigan Plaza South
  • 45 story Madison Plaza
  • 42 story 190 South LaSalle
  • 41 story CitiGroup Central
  • 41 story Smufit-Stone Building
  • 37 story NBC Tower
  • 36 story Boeing International Headquarters

In Chicago the majority of the news of the decade and a short time before was dominated by the office of Mayor. When Mayor Richard J. Daley died on December 20, 1976 after 21 years in office, it resulted in six (6) different Mayors in the following thirteen (13) years. The last Mayor in this group was Richard M. Daley who served in office for 22 years.

On the national scene, one of the major stories was the Iran Hostage situation and the failed rescue attempt which was a determining factor in causing President Jimmy Carter losing to Ronald Reagan.