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Former Mayor Jane Byrne Hospitalized

Newspaper reports Byrne suffered stroke earlier this year



    Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979-83.

    Chicago first and only female mayor is ailing.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Jane Byrne was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital Monday via ambulance and is suffering from multiple ailments. The newspaper reports the 79-year-old also had a stroke in January.

    Byrne's condition was not available.

    Byrne served as mayor from 1979-1983 before losing the Democratic primary to Harold Washington, who went on to become the city's first black mayor.