Nation: Calamity Jane Strikes Again

Chicago's Byrne seeks command of the Democratic machine

Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne's biggest hero is her predecessor, the late Richard J. Daley, who launched her political career. But affection for the father does not carry over to the son. State Senator Richard M. Daley, who is currently Byrne's biggest enemy. The sulfurous feud threatens to shatter the still formidable Democratic political machine that the elder Daley so painstakingly put together.

The battle is refreshingly straightforward. No ideological clash is involved, just a personal power struggle waged with the vim and verve for which...

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