Interview with Jane Byrne
QUESTION 36
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

This is your chance, Jane Byrne. Make up your own question and provide your own answer. Anything that we haven't talked about that you think should go on the record.

JANYE BYRNE:

I would just like to say that you know, Chicago's a very, very wonderful city. And I don't think that anything happened here shouldn't have happened here. Whether it was the first woman or whether it was the first Black. And I think every city goes through stages of growth. And I think every ethnic group in America has come to the major cities as the melting pots and fought for their own place in the sun. And I think that's all you see happening in Chicago. And I think sometimes it was painful, always was. Whether it was the Irish and the Wasps or the ah, the whatever group it was. They fought for where they had to be. And I think that's what makes Chicago great. And I hope that forever Chicago remains that way. Great city of neighborhoods. Great city of family, great city of belief in their own ethnicity. Because if it stays strong like that, so does America.

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

I thank you very much for your energy and for your honesty.

JANYE BYRNE:

You're very, very welcome.