CHICAGO (CBS) — Aldermen have recommended the plaza next to the Old Chicago Water Tower be named in honor of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the first such honor the city would give to its first and only female mayor more than 30 years after she left office.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports the City Council Finance Committee on Tuesday endorsed a plan to name the Michigan Avenue park the Mayor Jane Byrne Plaza at the Water Tower.
Ald. Edward Burke (14th) said the vote essentially rights a wrong: “A failure to honor one of Chicago’s most significant political figures.”
Byrne served as mayor from 1979 to 1983, but to date has yet to have any parks or buildings named after her, although several other mayors have received such honors, including both Mayors Richard Daley, Harold Washington, and Michael Bilandic.