Constancy***

. . . Thy name is not Jane

She ran. She lost. She pledged support to the victor. No, she changed her mind. She would run again as a write-in candidate. Well, no she would not. She withdrew. She would support no one.

With that dizzying record of stop-go inconsistency, Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne made it even less likely that the citizens of Chicago will miss her erratic leadership. Defeated in the Democratic primary on Feb. 22 by Congressman Harold Washington, the only black ever to win a major party's mayoral nomination in Chicago, Byrne...

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