Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)–November 14, 2014. Congresswoman Robin Kelly issued the following statement today in response to the passing of Jane Byrne, former Mayor of Chicago.
Tough and bold. That was Jane Byrne. She took on the Chicago political machine in 1979 to become the city’s first female mayor. The fact that there hasn’t been another female mayor in Chicago since speaks to her great courage and strength. Jane Byrne’s victory was an inspiration to young women everywhere. She leaves an honorable legacy of courage, strength and bold leadership. Jane Byrne loved Chicago, and her death is a great loss for the city, for Illinois and the nation. My thoughts and prayers are with her beloved daughter Kathy and her grandson.