March 16, 1988 |
Former Chicago Mayor Jane M. Byrne's bid for a political comeback ended in defeat in Illinois' primary election Tuesday, but House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel, President Reagan's point man in Congress, easily overcame his first GOP challenge in 32 years. Michel's victory could set the stage for a November rematch of the 1982 contest that almost cost him his 18th District seat. Partial returns gave Michel 89% of the vote over Tazewell County Board Chairman James E. Unsicker.
February 24, 1987 |
As voters head to the polls today to decide a racially heated Democratic mayoral primary, the fates of black incumbent Harold Washington and white challenger Jane M. Byrne could rise or fall with the balky elevators in rundown public housing projects. Lifts constantly break in the high-rise structures, and the 144,000 people who live in the projects, most of whom are black, are miffed at Washington about it.
April 6, 1987 |
Months of heated campaigning, name-calling, scheming and horse-trading will end here Tuesday, as Chicagoans eagerly anticipate one of their city's most pivotal events: the Cubs' home opener at Wrigley Field. There also will be an election for mayor, but suspense will be much higher at the old ball park, because Harold Washington is heavily favored to win reelection despite a late-inning reshuffling of the opposition lineup. Cook County Assessor Thomas C.
February 25, 1987 |
Black incumbent Mayor Harold Washington crept to a narrow victory over white challenger Jane M. Byrne Tuesday in a racially divisive Democratic primary battle marred by massive confusion at the polls and a landslide of fraud charges. Only minutes before midnight, Byrne spoke to disappointed followers at her campaign headquarters and conceded defeat. "The people have spoken; we didn't make it," she said.
March 5, 1987 |
Mayor Harold Washington won the Democratic primary last week by 7.1 percentage points, or 78,158 votes, according to newly released results from the Board of Election Commissioners' final canvass. Washington drew 587,594 votes to former Mayor Jane M. Byrne's 509,436 votes.
September 10, 1987 |
Former Mayor Jane M. Byrne has officially declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for clerk of the Cook County court system. Incumbent Clerk Morgan Finley, a Democrat, was indicted on federal charges of accepting $25,000 from an FBI operative. He is awaiting trial, but has said he will be found innocent and seek a fourth term.