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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 stories about the perils of dating the similarly irreverent Bill Byrne. He was a student at Notre Dame, known campuswide as the big, brassy, red-cheeked Clevelander who campaigned for class office by dutifully marching door-to-door. Naked.
  • Jane Byrne humbles powerful party pols in mayor's race

    Jane Byrne humbles powerful party pols in mayor's race
    Until Jane Byrne managed the feat 35 snowy winters ago, nobody -- reformers or liberals, dissidents or Democratic Party dropouts -- had been able to loosen the famed Chicago machine's iron grip on City Hall. So going into the 1979 mayoral election,...

    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...

    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...

    Chicago remembers Jane Byrne: 'A remarkable life of service'

    Chicago remembers Jane Byrne: 'A remarkable life of service'
    Former Mayor Jane Byrne, Chicago’s first and only female mayor, was remembered Friday as a unique trailblazer. Former Ald. Martin Oberman, now chairman of Metra, called Byrne “an epic figure in Chicago's political history.” Oberman,...