|Jane Byrne at Chicago’s Annual Gay |
& Lesbian Pride Parade, June 1985 (Alan Light)
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: