Sneed: Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne has died

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Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne has died, a source tells Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed.

Chicago’s first and only female mayor had been in hospice for about a week. She was 81 and died about 10 a.m. Friday.

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Byrne had been pleased in recent months to receive recognition for her time in office. Gov. Pat Quinn named the Circle Interchange after her in a ceremony in August.

The park near Water Tower is being named in her honor as well.

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