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Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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By NBC Chicago/Associated Press

Circle Interchange Renamed After Jane Byrne

First and only female Chicago mayor makes rare appearance at Friday ceremony. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne

Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne

By any estimation, Jane deserves her day in the sun. She was one of the most colorful, passionate and, quite frankly, unpredictable public officials this city has ever had. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM
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By Staff Report

Council Approves Renaming Water Tower Plaza for Byrne

Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:31 PM
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By Staff Report

Water Tower Plaza To Be Renamed for Jane Byrne

Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name. Read »

Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Didn't Become Detroit

Chicago always had a more diversified economy than its Midwestern rivals, which prepared it for the day when trading things and thinking about things became more important than making things. That's why we're... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Former Mayor Jane Byrne Hospitalized

Former Mayor Jane Byrne Hospitalized

Newspaper reports Byrne suffered stroke earlier this year. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Does Emanuel Owe The Black Community?

Does Emanuel Owe The Black Community?

Black aldermen want more high-level appointments, saying their community is responsible for Emanuel's landslide. But he got the same percentage among whites. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Superman Is Coming To Chicago

Why Superman Is Coming To Chicago
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The producers of Superman: Man of Steel should find a role for Jane Byrne. She's the reason superheroes come to Chicago. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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