Interview with Jane Byrne
QUESTION 14
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Start again.

JANYE BYRNE:

I appointed Renault Robinson, who had been the Black Afro ah, policemen's president ah, which was a, a group within the Chicago police department. And I appointed him to the CHA in '79, one of my first appointments. And Renault, in my opinion, and it was borne out later, but in my opinion he was not ready to be the chairman. He was also not ready in many ways, because he had never been in an administrative position before he'd been a policeman, which I understood, and I figured grow in the job. Ah. He um, I don't think he did a good job. Ah, I let him stay there, but I did not think that the things he was doing ah, were anything more than getting his name in the paper. He was making crusades about the elevators. And of course they didn't work. But there was nothing anybody could do to make them work consistently, due to the heavy loads of traffic on these poorly constructed elevators that are no bigger than ah, the smallest closet in your house. They were going to break. There was a lot of vandalism in the projects. Well, he marched to the Grand Jury. And the Grand Jury investigated. They found nothing wrong. But he was forever saying that that was something wrong. I guess the proof of the pudding is that after I lost, Harold Washington made him the chairman of public housing.