Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement on the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne:
"Jane Byrne leaves a legacy of tireless service to Chicago that will never be forgotten.
"Her work on behalf of the city's children and underserved communities has meant thousands of Chicago citizens are better off today because of Jane's heartfelt dedication.
"The city's first and only female mayor, Jane Byrne was a barrier breaker and a role model for countless women who had stared too long through the glass ceiling.
"She brought transparency to the city budget process, was Chicago's first mayor to march in the Gay Pride Parade and was the nation's first big-city mayor to successfully enact a ban on handguns.
"Renaming the Circle Interchange in honor of the former mayor has rightfully placed Jane Byrne among the city's iconic leaders.
"Jane Byrne was a fearless trailblazer who has made our state a better place. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with her daughter Kathy, grandson William and their entire family today."