Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on the Passing of Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne

Nov 14, 2014
Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne:

“In 1979 Mayor Byrne became the first woman elected mayor of Chicago, receiving 82 percent of the city’s vote, making Chicago the largest city in the United States to elect a female chief executive. Yet, long before the votes were tallied, the mayor had proved her wherewithal.

“Mayor Byrne was a woman of vision. She redeveloped Navy Pier making it one of the world’s most visited destinations. She leaves behind a great legacy for which many can pattern themselves after. On behalf of my wife, Carolyn, and the citizens of the 1st Congressional District of Illinois, I extend my heartfelt condolences to her family and all the people of Chicago who mourn her passing.”