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Jane Byrne: 50th Mayor of Chicago

Updated on April 22, 2013

Jane Byrne

Learn about Jane Byrne, the 50th Mayor of Chicago! Elected in 1979, Jane Byrne was the first and so far only female Mayor of the city of Chicago. She is remembered as the Mayor who was elected due to the prior Mayor Bilandic's poor performance during January snowstorms that year, and is commonly cited by Chicagoans every winter as one of the reasons why Chicago has good snowplow services. She served until 1983, in a time in Chicago plagued by tumultuous politics, economic problems, and racial issues.

To this date, she remains the only woman who has been mayor of a city as large as Chicago in the United States. Read on to learn more about this historical woman of Chicago!

From the woman herself - Jane Byrne's Biography

The only book written by the woman herself, My Chicago is the story of Jane Byrne's rise from young campaign worker to the mayor's office. No one has the perspective and insider's knowledge like Mayor Bryne did, and she provides a real inside story about the Chicago political machine at the time. This is an absolute must-read for Chicago history and politics buffs!

Jane's Easter in Cabrini Green

Footage of an Easter celebration held by Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne at Cabrini Green, where she was temporarily living at the time, in order to bring attention to the plight of people in Chicago's housing projects.

Jane Byrne Memorabilia on eBay

Collectors, start here in your quest for Jane Byrne memorabilia!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Your lens prompted me to find more information about Jane Byrne. She must have been pretty amazing to win Chicago 30 years ago and I like the way she tackled some issues.