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  • 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 character standing honor guard for another.
  • 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,...