Chicagoans, local politicians mourn death of Jane Byrne

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Chicago's first and only female mayor Jane Byrne passed away Friday.

Chicagoans and local politicians took to Twitter and Facebook to mourn her death.


Other politicians released statements about Byrne's death:

“When Jane Byrne moved into Cabrini Green, she proved Chicago’s first woman mayor was unafraid to tackle the city’s toughest problems head on.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.”

--U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

"We supported Jane Byrne when she ran against Michael Bilandic. Her victory was the beginning of the end of machine politics as we knew it. Opening up doors for women, minorities and non-conventional politicians. Her role as a consumer advocate was remarkable. As a nonconventional politician, she rode the snow to victory with an unusual degree of skill. The role of Harold Washington and those who followed, minority Senators, congresspersons, progressives and others were a part of the waves of change she produced."

--Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

"Tough and bold. That was Jane Byrne. She took on the Chicago political machine in 1979 to become the city’s first female mayor. The fact that there hasn’t been another female mayor in Chicago since speaks to her great courage and strength. Jane Byrne’s victory was an inspiration to young women everywhere. She leaves an honorable legacy of courage, strength and bold leadership. Jane Byrne loved Chicago, and her death is a great loss for the city, for Illinois and the nation. My thoughts and prayers are with her beloved daughter Kathy and her grandson."

--Congresswoman Robin Kelly

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