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All Quotes by author - Jane Byrne
" Be assured that I did not become the Mayor of Chicago to preside over its decline. "
" But always I was a private citizen whose activities in government or political party were appointive. "
" But I am committed to keeping this city a strong and viable center for commerce and industry, for continuing to make it a place of opportunity for its citizens. "
" Chicago kept industry, attracted new business, became the center for convention trade and transportation. "
" Chicago's neighborhoods have always been this city's greatest strength. "
" City employees will be hired and promoted because of their abilities - without outside interference. "
" For my part, I plan to work out a fair and adequate redistribution of city services to all city neighborhoods. "
" I accept that responsibility and ask only that I be judged by my performance as its chief executive. "
" I am a Democrat. I have been one all of my life. "
" I am here before you tonight to dedicate this administration to bringing a new renaissance of neighborhood life and community spirit, a renewal of confidence in the future of our city and a revival of opportunity for all Chicago. "
" If for no other reason than the energy crisis now facing this country, the federal government should be eager to become partners with us in rebuilding our city. "
" If those communities are left to decay, this city will decay. "
" If we are to succeed, we must recognize that the community redevelopment is not solely the rehabilitation of housing, or putting a mall in the business strips. "
" I have three sisters, all of whom lead very normal lives. "
" In the days and months I spent walking through the various communities of this city, I found that Chicago did not work for everyone, however. "
" I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city - for one Chicago. "
" Our universities and museums are respected around the country. "
" The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world. "
" The cooperation of government at its different levels is important and can only be achieved as long as the people of Chicago are directly involved in our efforts and supportive of our goals. "
" The credit for much of this rightly belongs to the late Mayor Daley who forged a coalition of business and labor that kept Chicago always moving ahead. "
" The nation can no longer afford to continue policies that hasten the flight of persons to the distant suburbs. "
" The people ask much, often more than any government can give. We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems. "
" The people of Chicago are a proud people - and for good reason. "
" Tonight - by taking this solemn oath - I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago. "
" We saw hundreds of programs to redevelop the central city, the neighborhoods, in the past. "
In The Past
" When there were fears about the future of this nation's older cities... when a few of the cities teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, all eyes were focused on Chicago for contrast. "
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