[1987 Chicago Democratic Mayoral Primary]

Segments on lawsuits against Jane Byrne and her Chicagofest, and the ongoing mayoral primary election between Byrne and Harold Washington in 1987.

0:00Copy video clip URL John Drury reports on Jane Byrne wasting taxpayer money on a lawsuit over her Chicagofest event. He goes on to talk about Byrne wanting to bring back Chicagofest regardless of this lawsuit and the money that has been wasted.

0:29Copy video clip URL Switch to B-roll of Byrne giving a brief interview with the camera before cutting to more B-roll of the event in question (Chicagofest in 1982). Her poor track record with festivals and their illegality is touched on as well as the unlikely possibility of her actually being able to bring back Chicagofest because of a lack of appropriations. Alderman Clifford Kelley and George Hagopian talk about the situation with Chicagofest and provide contrasting viewpoints.

1:56Copy video clip URL Switch to exterior shot of Drury talking about how Byrne’s relatives are still profiting from the festival in terms of being paid as lawyers to defend Byrne.

2:45Copy video clip URL Mary Ann Childers talks about the upcoming mayoral election between Harold Washington and Byrne.

2:55Copy video clip URL B-roll of Byrne in a grocery store at 1639 N. Wells on the Lakeshore “pressing the flesh.” More B-roll of Byrne’s headquarters at 332 N. Michigan and the reporter discounting several of Byrne’s assertions.

3:42Copy video clip URL B-roll of Byrne at a Lakefront high rise at 2800 N Lake Shore. The reporter talks about her lukewarm reaction there before going to 8200 S. Kostner Ave. on the South Side to a very enthusiastic crowd there and in Pilsen at 3010 W 26th St. Hugh Hill wraps up the segment.

4:29Copy video clip URL B-roll of Washington as he greets a crowd in Spanish at 2434 S. California. Jay Levine talks about how Washington was getting along with the audience because they gave him what they wanted, more police patrolmen, in their neighborhood. Switch to b-roll of 2347 S Michigan and an excited crowd cheering for “4 more years [of Washington].” Levine talks about Washington’s variable tone depending on audience and how he gave Byrne credit for changing the conversation of the election.

6:08Copy video clip URL Video ends.

 

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