Jane-Byrne-Obituary

Jane Byrne

1934 - 2014

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Jane M. Byrne, beloved wife of the late Jay McMullen and the late Lt. William P. Byrne. Loving mother of Kathy Byrne. Special grandmother of Willy. Dear sister of Edward J. (Julie) Burke, Carol Sexton, Mary Jill (James) Wolf, the late Donna (John) Fitzpatrick and the late William (the late...

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Please accept my sincere prayers that go out to the surviving family and friends may the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours especially after such a tragic loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies. (2 Cor. 1:2, 3).

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Chicago' s first female Mayor, Jane Byrne. I offer her family my deepest condolences and pray that they find comfort in memories this holiday season and in the years ahead.

When Jayne Byrne was elected the first female Mayor of Chicago in 1979, she inspired scores of young women, who were just starting out in life, as to what was possible. I was one of them.
I was honored to be Miss Chicago 1981 during Mayor Byrne's tenure and owe her...

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Jane. May God give you the strength to face the days ahead. I hope you can find comfort in the words found at John 6:40.

So sorry to hear about fourth loss of someone so dear we will keep The Byrne family in our prayers. Remerer the scriptures promises us that ALMIGHTY GOD is near to those calling upon Him at Psalms ( 145 :18, 19 )

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

"Truly a self-defined female politician" best describes Jane Byrne. Her life story is a source of inspiration to me and is also well-noted in God's memory. Her love for Chicago and her impartial devotion to the citizens thereof will be long cherished. Loved! Valued! Missed! Hoping all loved ones and admirers left behind find comfort in the treasured memories and the guaranteed hope found in God's word.

Mayor Byrne was truly a great leader for the city of Chicago. She did so much for the city that she loved and was very passionate about it. She will be remembered for her many accomplishments as well as being Chicago's first female mayor. She often came into my family's restaurant for lunch and always thanked the chef on her way out. Thank you Mayor Byrne for your service. My deepest sympathy to the family.

I send condolences to Kathy Byrne with sorrow and praise for Mayor Byrne's honesty and spirit of fighting for reform and civic improvements: Kathy was on my membership list when I was President of the Notre Dame - St. Mary's Young Democrats in 1978-1979.

Joe Slovinec, Washington, D.C. (of Chicago, Il. for many years)

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\r\n\r\n\"The formula was basic: The more attractions, the more people, the more life for the city,\" she wrote in her 1994 book \"My Chicago.\" ''I vowed to bring back the crowds, to make Chicago so lively that the people would return to the heart of the city and its abandoned parks.\"

\r\n\r\nIt was Byrne who let John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd film \"Blues Brothers\" in Chicago. She even granted Belushi's request to crash a car through a window at Daley Plaza, figuring Daley loyalists didn't like her anyway.

\r\n\r\nShe also helped draw national attention to the infamous Cabrini-Green public housing complex when she and her husband moved into an apartment there for three weeks after a gang war killed 11 residents in three months in 1981.

\r\n\r\n\"How could I put Cabrini on a bigger map?\" she wrote in her book. \"Suddenly I knew - I could move in there.\"

\r\n\r\nBy the end of her first year in the mayor's office, Chicago had dealt with transit, fire and school strikes, with Byrne sometimes confronting striking workers on the picket lines.

\r\n\r\n\"The city of Chicago has lost a great trailblazer,\" Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday. \"From signing the first ordinance to get handguns off of our streets, to bringing more transparency to the city's budget, to creating the Taste of Chicago, Mayor Byrne leaves a large and lasting legacy.\"

\r\n\r\nIn 1983, Byrne lost her re-election bid to state Sen. Harold Washington, the city's first black mayor. Daley's son, Richard M. Daley, was also on the ballot.

\r\n\r\nBut with all that occurred during her four years in office, it was the way she got there that was most remarkable. Byrne, who launched her campaign after Bilandic fired her from her City Hall job, was considered the longest of longshots - dismissed by both the press and the Bilandic campaign.

\r\n\r\n\"You cannot expect the media to ignore your opponent even if it is only Jane Byrne,\" read an internal Bilandic campaign memo released in 2004.

\r\n\r\nIt was Bilandic's handling of a January blizzard that is credited with turning things around for Byrne. The city was covered in 20 inches of snow. Buses and trains couldn't move. Streets were impassable, both for residents and those charged with providing basic services, such as picking up the garbage.

\r\n\r\n\"From the airport to mass transit to simply walking down the street, Chicagoans were frustrated and buried in snow,\" Byrne wrote in her book.

\r\n\r\nThe next month, voters gave the Democratic nomination for mayor - and for all intents the job itself - to Byrne. She easily won the general election against Republican Wallace Johnson.

\r\n\r\nThough Byrne took on Daley's machine, she had once worked for his administration. He appointed her as city consumer sales commissioner - the only woman ever named to his Cabinet.

\r\n\r\nByrne's first husband, Marine Corps flier William Byrne, died in a plane crash in 1959 when their daughter was 17 months old. Byrne remarried in 1978. Her second husband, Jay McMullen, a former reporter who became her press secretary, died in 1992.

\r\n\r\nBesides her daughter, Kathy, she is survived by a grandson.

\r\n\r\nByrne also pulled one over on the media that once followed her so closely. After some media reported her age as 80, Kathy Byrne explained that her mother often deliberately gave the wrong year for her birth.

\r\n\r\n\"She wanted to be younger,\" she said. \"Whenever she would see the wrong age she'd say, 'I snookered them again.'\"

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\r\n\r\nDON BABWIN, Associated Press

\r\n\r\nAssociated Press reporter Tammy Webber contributed to this report.


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When Jayne Byrne was elected the first female Mayor of Chicago in 1979, she inspired scores of young women, who were just starting out in life, as to what was possible. I was one of them.
I was honored to be Miss Chicago 1981 during Mayor Byrne's tenure and owe her a debt of gratitude for the City's civic occasions I sometimes shared with her and certainly, for all the wonderful events Mayor Byrne created for Chicago that kept my appearance schedule so full.
I also especially extend my sympathy to Kathy Byrne and am glad she successfully pursued having landmarks named for her mother, which is her due. I am particularly heartened to learn Mayor Byrne's Children's Fountain (a personal favorite city icon) will be re-erected at the historic Water Tower Park, recently renamed in her honor.

Mayor Jane Byrne, may you rest well now with Angels and in peace. From a grateful city, 'We thank you for your service'.

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