Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne ... and me

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Jane Byrne at Chicago’s Annual Gay
& Lesbian Pride Parade, June 1985 (Alan Light)
[Updated Nov. 14, 2014: Rest in peace, Mayor Byrne.]

With ailing former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne in the news because of Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed’s commendable campaign to have ... something ... named after Byrne, I went diving into the archives for some of my more substantial encounters with the mayor.

Here, for history’s sake are two interviews: One from 1991, when — who remembered? — she ran a characteristically combative but ultimately unsuccessful campaign to regain the mayor’s office; and another from 1992, as she more reflectively reviewed her career and promoted her autobiography, My Chicago.

Both interviews aired on Point of View, a Sunday morning public affairs show on WNUA-FM 95.5. The first features co-panelists Jenette Kerr, Mary Gannon and Andy Shaw.

1991 interview, during the campaign (with Kerr, Gannon and Shaw):



1992 interview, promoting her book: