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Water Tower park to be renamed for Jane Byrne
Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/30/2014 | Hal Dardick

Posted on 07/30/2014 7:51:08 AM PDT by Borges

The park surrounding Chicago’s historic Water Tower would be renamed “Jane M. Byrne Plaza” in honor of the former mayor under a proposal endorsed today by the City Council Finance Committee.

Aldermen set aside other proposed ways to honor Byrne after the former mayor’s daughter, Kathy Byrne, said the park idea was endorsed by her mother and family. The full council will vote Wednesday to honor a mayor who served from 1979 to 1983.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: chicago

1 posted on 07/30/2014 7:51:08 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Why?

Was she an historic figure? She served only one term. Does she really merit this honor?

Just asking the question.


2 posted on 07/30/2014 7:54:56 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Borges

Byrne, Janie, Byrne!


3 posted on 07/30/2014 7:57:35 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Every time you say no to a liberal, you make the Baby Barack cry.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Byrne had a lot of problems but she started the revitalization of Chicago’s downtown. It’s hard to believe now but in the 1970s, downtown Chicago was a dead zone that nobody wanted to visit.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 7:58:33 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It’s a “first woman” thing. First female mayor of Chicago. Came just before the “first black” mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington. So, probably the blacks got something named for Washington and now the feminists want something named for Byrne. That’s how “group identity” politics work.


5 posted on 07/30/2014 7:59:46 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Every time you say no to a liberal, you make the Baby Barack cry.)
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6 posted on 07/30/2014 8:04:49 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Borges; PhilCollins; chicagolady

In Jayne Byrnes’ honor, several feet of snow will transported to the site every mid-January.
Tumbled in that snow will be several lawn chairs, futons, waste cans, traffic cones and sundry other “personal markers” indicative of neighborhood efforts to reserve space during snow storms.

It shall be ART!


7 posted on 07/30/2014 8:06:57 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: OrangeHoof

I always thought her main accomplishment was being mayor while the “Blues Brothers” was filmed there.


8 posted on 07/30/2014 8:07:34 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Are you talking about the Blizzard of ‘79? That happened before she was elected. She was elected because of how badly Michael Bilandic handled it.


9 posted on 07/30/2014 8:08:20 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

She did open the city to film making. Daley Sr. hated film crews and the disruption they caused so he never allowed it.


10 posted on 07/30/2014 8:09:10 AM PDT by Borges
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To: OrangeHoof

The Chicago library was renamed to honor Harold Washington.


11 posted on 07/30/2014 8:10:03 AM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

That only the second time in history that a leader was saved by a severe winter. It put her in office. The first was Stalin in WW2.


12 posted on 07/30/2014 8:10:15 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: OrangeHoof
I can't stand it when a politician is honored as being ‘first’ based on gender or race. Were it not for the voters they'd just be a woman/black/Asian/Indian running for office. If anyone is to be recognized, it should be the voters.
13 posted on 07/30/2014 8:12:30 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: bushbuddy

Closest DMV to me was named after an affirmative action state highway commissioner who all agree was a complete failure.


14 posted on 07/30/2014 8:14:45 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Borges

What ever happened to naming things after locals who died in service of their country. Used to be the politicians got a plaque and the hero got the honor. Now the hero gets a plaque and the politician takes the honor.


15 posted on 07/30/2014 8:17:47 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Borges

Jayne made an “executive decision” to push neighborhoods “down the priority pole” in snow emergencies.
She then threw a hissy when folks “reserved” spaces near their domiciles. It was Jayne who told Streets&San to simply ignore the “markers”

Jayne was a tyranical b*tch in addressing such emergencies because she was purely REACTIVE. She was never really seen as a friend of the citizen after that.


16 posted on 07/30/2014 8:17:57 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Borges

She learned well from Bilandic’s mistake. I first moved to the Chicago area in 1981, also a bad winter for snow. After one storm, streets in Evanston were a mess. But cross the city line into Chicago, and they were wide open everywhere.


17 posted on 07/30/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: liberalh8ter

Helps cover the fact that the person is a low quality politician and in most cases in over their head and has little to no possibility of growing into the job.


18 posted on 07/30/2014 8:19:03 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

We used to call her, “Attila the Hen.”


19 posted on 07/30/2014 8:29:35 AM PDT by karnage
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To: Borges

Where the dogs get walked, their poop getting picked up in bags by their owners.


20 posted on 07/30/2014 8:33:53 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Bogey78O

I think the park should be named after Mrs O’Leary. The water tower is one of the few structures (the only one?) standing after, according to legend, Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern and started the great Chicago fire.


21 posted on 07/30/2014 8:44:20 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: bushbuddy

As I remember washington hadn’t paid his taxes for many years. When caught he explained his birthday was April 15 and, therefore, he was “busy and forgot”. All was forgiven. Corruption at its finest.


22 posted on 07/30/2014 9:01:37 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Borges

I’m from Chicago. Jane actually lives in the same complex where I have a condo. Chicago is the only city that names landmarks and streets after someone BEFORE they die.


23 posted on 07/30/2014 9:15:40 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Borges

Having lived a couple of blocks from there, this “park” consists of a dozen benches and half a block to WALK THRU for SHOPPERS!!!!! It’s NOT A PARK!!!!! It could be named for JESUS or SATAN and NO ONE would be able to tell you because you go thru it in 15 seconds!!!!


24 posted on 07/30/2014 3:53:35 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: nikos1121

I can see that you’ve never been to WEST VIRGINIA where EVERYTHING was named for ROBERT C. BYRD......YEARS BEFORE HE DIED!!!


25 posted on 07/30/2014 3:56:06 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy

26 posted on 07/31/2014 7:23:29 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

That’s the “park”!!


27 posted on 08/01/2014 4:19:57 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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