November 14, 2014

Statement from Mayor Emanuel on Passing of Former Mayor Jane Byrne

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

“With the passing of Mayor Jane Byrne, the City of Chicago has lost a great trailblazer.

Mayor Byrne was a Chicago icon who lived a remarkable life of service to our city. From signing the first ordinance to get handguns off of our streets, to bringing more transparency to the City’s budget, to creating the Taste of Chicago, Mayor Byrne leaves a large and lasting legacy. And as the first woman to serve as Mayor, she will always have a special place in our history.

I was deeply honored that she attended my inauguration, and, in turn, it was my privilege to sign our City’s ordinance officially dedicating the plaza surrounding our iconic Water Tower in her honor.

The thoughts and prayers of the people of Chicago are with her daughter Kathy and her many friends at this difficult time.”