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Jane Byrne

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  • How Jane Byrne manhandled Chicago's Democratic machine

    How Jane Byrne manhandled Chicago's Democratic machine
    Margaret Jane Burke, a debutante from a well-to-do Irish family, was the only pre-med student at Barat College, a proper school for young Catholic women on Chicago’s North Shore. Around the coffee machine, Janie Burke regaled classmates with caustic...
  • Jane Byrne's lasting impact on culture in Chicago

    Jane Byrne's lasting impact on culture in Chicago
    As anyone who watched her before, during and after her four tumultuous years as mayor of the city of Chicago would know, Jane Byrne was great theater: unpredictable, comic, dramatic. But behind that show, she also displayed a deep appreciation for the...
  • The struggles of a 'first and only' named Jane Byrne

     The struggles of a 'first and only' named Jane Byrne
    Jane Byrne was a petite, blonde, spunky lady. Does that sentence seem outdated? Welcome to the world in which Jane Byrne came of political age. When Byrne died Friday at 81 she was widely remembered as the first and only female mayor of the brawny...
  • Jane Byrne funeral services begin Monday morning

    Jane Byrne funeral services begin Monday morning
    The wake and funeral for former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne's will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at a Near North Side church. According to an announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, those services will be Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W....
  • Family, friends pay tribute to Jane Byrne

    Family, friends pay tribute to Jane Byrne
    Prominent Chicagoans and family members paid tribute to former Mayor Jane Byrne at her funeral Monday morning, remembering her as a feisty woman who blazed a trail — with panache. Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the funeral Mass, which was...
  • A goodbye to Jane Byrne and an old version of Chicago

     A goodbye to Jane Byrne and an old version of Chicago
    The line of Chicagoans paying their respects to Jane Byrne stretched back from a casket draped in the municipal flag to a memorial book supervised by Ronnie "Woo-Woo" Wickers, the self-appointed Cubs apostle, in full uniform — an only-in-Chicago...
  • 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...
  • 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 the pope came to Chicago

    When the pope came to Chicago
    Exactly 35 years ago this weekend, Pope John Paul II came to Chicago, celebrated an open-air Mass in Grant Park before the largest crowd gathered in city history and won over the hearts of the area's Catholics and not a few of the non-Catholics. Not...
  • Sue Gin, in her own words

    Sue Gin, in her own words
    In November 1993, the Tribune’s Sunday Magazine published an interview with Sue Gin in her own words, as told to freelance journalist Mel Novit. Gin died Friday at 73, leaving behind her legacy of inspiration and perseverance. I was a passenger on...
  • 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...