Interview with Jane Byrne
QUESTION 23
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

If Chicago Fest wasn't the turning point, what was the turning point?

JANYE BYRNE:

The turning point began before 1979 when I was first elected and proceeded in the feelings of the people right up until 1983. And in cold, analytical numbers two weeks before the election, I was 26 points ahead of Washington and Daley, the weekend before I was carried by all the newspapers and television stations as 22 points ahead. Ah. There was a rally held twelve days before Harold Washington's election. It was held at Circle Campus and it was from the heart, and it was with great emotion. The Black community poured out to the tune of fifteen thousand people. And it was huge. And it was the spark--

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

We've have to stop you just had a roll out--

JANE BYRNE:

it was the spark, it was the spark.