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Jane Byrne Quotes

Jane Margaret Byrne was the first female Mayor of Chicago. She served from April 16, 1979, to April 29, 1983.
(1934 - )

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As I visited the various neighborhoods in the campaign, I learned fast that it's a mistake to think that all of the wisdom and possible solutions to our problems are available only in this building.

Be assured that I did not become the Mayor of Chicago to preside over its decline.

But always I was a private citizen whose activities in government or political party were appointive.

But as important as the job to be done by government in the neighborhoods, the people must also be involved.

But I am committed to keeping this city a strong and viable center for commerce and industry, for continuing to make it a place of opportunity for its citizens.

Chicago kept industry, attracted new business, became the center for convention trade and transportation.

Chicago's neighborhoods have always been this city's greatest strength.

City employees will be hired and promoted because of their abilities - without outside interference.

For my part, I plan to work out a fair and adequate redistribution of city services to all city neighborhoods.

I accept that responsibility and ask only that I be judged by my performance as its chief executive.

I am a Democrat. I have been one all of my life.

I am here before you tonight to dedicate this administration to bringing a new renaissance of neighborhood life and community spirit, a renewal of confidence in the future of our city and a revival of opportunity for all Chicago.

I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city - for one Chicago.

If all of us would require the same level of performance from ourselves as we expect from government, this city will forever be the city that works.

If for no other reason than the energy crisis now facing this country, the federal government should be eager to become partners with us in rebuilding our city.

If those communities are left to decay, this city will decay.

If we are to succeed, we must recognize that the community redevelopment is not solely the rehabilitation of housing, or putting a mall in the business strips.

In the days and months I spent walking through the various communities of this city, I found that Chicago did not work for everyone, however.

In the housing projects, people talked of ways to reduce crime, relieve overcrowding, and they were good ideas that we plan to study, and possibly implement.

Our universities and museums are respected around the country.

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