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Nothing in Chicago seems to be working the way it’s supposed to.




Jane Byrne, 1934-*, Mayor of Chicago (Democrat), Campaign speech to oust machine Democratic Mayor Richard Bilandic who had not cleared the streets properly in the 1979 snowstorm.

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Jane Byrne
Jane Byrne
  • Born: May 24, 1933
  • Died: November 14, 2014
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

Jane Margaret Byrne was an American politician who served as the 40th Mayor of Chicago from April 16, 1979, until April 29, 1983. Byrne won the Chicago mayoral election on April 3, 1979, becoming the first female mayor of Chicago, the second largest city in the United States at the time. She was also the first woman to be elected mayor of a major city in the United States. Prior to her tenure as mayor, Byrne served as Chicago's commissioner of consumer sales from 1969 until 1977, the only woman to be a part of Richard J. Daley's cabinet.

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