Picking Up the Pieces

After a bitter campaign, Harold Washington tries to heal a divided city

Even as they chanted and cheered into the night, the 15,000 excited supporters who crammed into cavernous Donnelley Hall on Chicago's South Side seemed to hold back their full emotions. There was a tentative chorus: "We want Harold!" Then a note of caution from someone in the crowd: "Let's get some damn figures. We may be partying too soon." An aide appeared at the podium around midnight to say the race was too close to call. Some wards were still missing. "If the man don't win, I'm going to...

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