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Jane Byrne

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  • John Kass: 'Fighting Jane' battled the machine and won

    Did she ever get steamed up at a negative portrayal in the media -- and there were many -- then have a few drinks and call the reporters to give them angry editorial criticism? Sure she did. Often. And the time she became furious with her husband, Jay...
  • CTA UIC-Halsted stop renovations to be done in May: IDOT

    CTA UIC-Halsted stop renovations to be done in May: IDOT
    UIC students can expect a newly renovated CTA station—just in time for summer break. The UIC-Halsted Blue Line stop is undergoing a $16 million renovation, which includes adding an elevator to the Peoria Street entrance, one of three entrances...
  • U.S. prosecutor retires after 43 years fighting Chicago mob, corruption

     U.S. prosecutor retires after 43 years fighting Chicago mob, corruption
    As a young federal prosecutor, Gary Shapiro was just days from trying his first big Chicago mob case in 1974 when masked men burst into a Bensenville plastics firm and fatally shot Danny Seifert in front of his wife and young son. At the time, Seifert...
  • When Jane Byrne was elected mayor

    When Jane Byrne was elected mayor
    Paralyzing blizzards set up Mayor Michael Bilandic for defeat, but it was bright sunshine on Feb. 27 that did him in. The fair weather on the day of the mayoral primary election brought out the voters, and the memory of the city's inept handling of record...
  • Jayne Byrne left her mark

    Jayne Byrne left her mark
    Jane Byrne passed away this morning. She was a one term mayor of Chicago. Defeating the Daley's. For one term, at least. She also happened to be the first female mayor of any of the top three cities in America. (As of today she is still the only one....
  • Jane Byrne dies at 81; Chicago's first female mayor

    Jane Byrne dies at 81; Chicago's first female mayor
    Jane Byrne, whose blizzard-stoked victory in Chicago's 1979 mayoral election made her the city's first female mayor and who broke the grip of former Mayor Richard J. Daley's Democratic patronage machine, has died. She was 81. Byrne died Friday at a...
  • Why the 'evil cabal' made peace with Mayor Jane Byrne

    Why the 'evil cabal' made peace with  Mayor Jane Byrne
    It has been said that Margaret Jane Byrne is Chicago's "forgotten mayor," that several generations of schoolchildren, and for that matter adults who might not have been around during the tumultuous years of the late 1970s and early 1980s, have never heard...
  • Don Rose on the lost promise of Jane Byrne

    Don Rose on the lost promise of Jane Byrne
    In many ways I think the late Jane Byrne could have been mayor of Chicago for her lifetime had she made the right choices — and sadly those wrong choices were largely based on race. Byrne, who died Friday at 81, was a tremendous mayoral...
  • Daughter talks about Jane Byrne: 'The city wasn't used to someone like her'

    Daughter talks about Jane Byrne: 'The city wasn't used to someone like her'
    Jane Byrne's only child, Kathy, was at her mother's bedside when the former mayor died Friday morning.  Afterward, Kathy Byrne talked at length with the Tribune about her mother and the "amazing life" she lived.  Following are excerpts. Her death "She...
  • Emanuel wants meat puppets, not dissent

    Emanuel wants meat puppets, not dissent
    Dissent is the ugliest word in politics, if you're the mayor of Chicago. Mayors don't want independent thinkers. Chicago mayors want meat puppets, the kind that take direction and do tricks for biscuits. And that's why the news Monday that Chicago...
  • A 'Transparent' version of Elaine Soloway's life

     A 'Transparent' version of Elaine Soloway's life
    Elaine Soloway is not Shelly Pfefferman. Amazon's new TV series "Transparent," praised by some critics as the best new show of the fall season, is not the story of her family. Soloway can't say that strongly enough. It's fiction. And yet the other...