Americana: What Makes Jane Burn?

For Chicago, 1980 has been just one calamity after another. First, the city's bond rating was lowered, raising Chicago's interest rates. Next, Mayor Jane Byrne had to lock labor negotiators behind closed doors until they agreed on a contract to end a two-week teachers' strike. Then, on Valentine's Day, almost all the city's 4,300 fire fighters struck.

But what really burned Her Honor was a picture taken last summer by her official photographer, Martha Leonard. It shows the mayor and her daughter Kathy, 22, mugging as gangsters' molls with Comedians John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, who were in Chicago to film the...

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