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Jane Byrne dies at 81; Chicago's first female mayor
Jane Byrne dies at 81; Chicago's first female mayor

Jane Byrne, who capitalized on Chicago's slow reaction to a snowstorm to score one of the biggest election upsets in the city's history and become its first and only female mayor, died Friday. She was 81. Byrne, whose four-year term was filled with upheaval at City Hall, died at a hospice in Chicago, said her daughter, Kathy. No cause was given. Byrne famously beat Mayor Michael Bilandic in 1979 after his administration failed to adequately clear streets fast enough following a blizzard. But during her term, she was branded with nicknames such as "Calamity Jane" as she speedily fired and hired people in such top jobs as police superintendent and press secretary. ...

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