Forty years ago, Chicago elected its first female mayor. We remember the historic victory of former Mayor Jane Byrne.
Following a whopper of a blizzard in 1979, Sauganash native Jane Byrne narrowly upset Mayor Michael Bilandic for the Democratic mayoral nomination. Belly up to the bar and get a little taste of Chicago’s spirited history: a frosty milkshake spiked with whiskey and vodka.
Dignitaries and politicians packed the church service for the funeral of former Mayor Jane Byrne.
Watch an episode of Callaway Magazine with Jane Byrne from Nov. 4, 1983.
Watch a Feedback episode from Dec. 12, 1977 featuring Jane Byrne.
Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne died Friday morning at age 81. Byrne served from 1979 to 1983, and was Chicago's first and only female mayor.
It was 35 years ago that Jane Byrne pulled off the most stunning political upset in Chicago history.