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Streets and San Man Byrne Leaving: Report





    A Richard Daley favorite could be leaving his city post by Labor Day.

    Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Tom Byrne is preparing to retire from Chicago government, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Rahm on New Recycling Program

    [CHI] Rahm on New Recycling Program
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel describes new plans for Chicago's Blue Cart Recycling program. (Published Tuesday, July 19, 2011)

    Byrne, a former Chicago Police officer, was chosen by former Mayor Daley in 2005 to head the Transportation Department in the wake of the Hired Truck scandal. He moved to Streets and Sanitation in 2009, fielding questioning earlier this year about closing Lake Shore Drive during the blizzard.

    He was seen standing beside Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week during the mayor's announcement about privatizing recycling.

    City Defends Lake Shore Drive Decision

    [CHI] City Defends Lake Shore Drive Decision
    Ray Orozco said he stands by his call to keep the LSD open. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011)

    The Sun-Times points out that Byrne is the first of Daley's posse to leave Emanuel's cabinet.