Portrait of American politician and mayor of Chicago Jane Byrne, early to mid 1980s.
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November 14, 2014 1:04 PM EST

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, the city’s first and only female mayor, died at age 81, her daughter said Friday.

“She looked down on the city she loved,’’ Kathy Byrne, the late mayor’s daughter, told the Chicago Tribune. Her death followed a week in hospice care in a downtown high-rise. “She has lived a very amazing and satisfying life.”

Byrne was elected in 1979, after an unexpected primary victory over an incumbent, and served until 1983.

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