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November 14, 2014

Jane Byrne has died

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne has died

Former Mayor Jane Byrne died Friday morning.

Byrne had stunned the city’s political establishment in 1979 when she became the first female mayor by toppling an incumbent backed by the fabled and still formidable Democratic machine.

Byrne, who gradually faded from public view after losing a reelection bid in 1983, died Friday morning, her daughter Kathy Byrne said.

More to come.

November 8, 2014

Rauner: Need insiders to know where 'bodies are buried'

Rauner: Need insiders to know where 'bodies are buried'

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner discusses bipartisanship and working with democrats while stopped at a Springfield cafe during his thank-you flyaround in Illinois, Friday.
By Ray Long, Rick Pearson, Clout Street contact the reporter
Bruce RaunerExecutive BranchPat QuinnMichael MadiganBill DaleyDemocratic Party
Rauner said he wants his administration to seek advice from 'fresh, new leaders,' as well as insiders.
Rauner names former Kirk aide his chief of staff

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Friday said he wanted some insiders like Democrat Bill Daley on his transition team to help identify where the “bodies are buried.”

Rauner’s decision to put Daley on his transition team raised a few eyebrows when the son and brother of former Chicago mayors was named Thursday. Daley, who himself briefly tested a Democratic primary challenge against Gov. Pat Quinn, served as White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama. Rauner played up his outsider status as a businessman during the hard-hitting campaign against Quinn.

But on Friday, Rauner said he wants to lead an administration that seeks advice from “fresh, new leaders and outside thinking as well as folks who’ve been around the block a few times and know the issues.”

“The smart way to do a turnaround is to talk with folks who know where some of the bodies are buried, and know where some of the failures have been,” Rauner said, sparking a burst of laughter and applause from onlookers as he took questions at a downtown cafe in Springfield, one of several stops on a thank-you tour of Illinois.


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