Interview with Jane Byrne
QUESTION 18
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Let's change the subject to something that may be a little bit lighter. The ChicagoFest.

JANYE BYRNE:

No, let's go a little bit further.

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Sure.

JANYE BYRNE:

Mayor Washington did appoint Renault Robinson chairman and he had to remove him, the job was so bad. Now, I don't fault Renault. Renault was a, if he'd gotten in there, in my opinion, and learned. And was placed in a position to become a great spokesman. But he didn't ever do that before, any more than he was prepared to be the chairman. And you could have predicted that what happened under Mayor Washington was going to happen. All the plumbing broke on the coldest day of the winter. It froze because none of the boilers had been serviced. People had to be moved out to hotels. People were freezing for ten days before. It was a mess. And finally, the mayor that put him there had, had no better luck with him than I did.