Compilation episode of Image Union featuring footage of Richard J. Daley and Jane Byrne. The episode also features animation from Paul Jessel and Bill Langdon and video from Nick Despota, John Mabey, and Bob Synder, Waren Leming, and Nate Herman.
1:00Copy video clip URL Richard J. Daley accepts candidacy as mayor. “I am proud to say I am a Democrat. I believe in the philosophy and program of the Democratic Party. If elected mayor I will be the mayor for all the people of Chicago.”
1:40Copy video clip URL “TV Magic Ballots” by Nate Herman and Warren Leming. Political spoof of Chicago-style elections. All magic ballot votes will be counted as Democratic votes. “So simple even an alderman can use them.” All votes come out Democratic!
2:40Copy video clip URL “Helen Lishman for Mayor” by Warren Leming. Spoof of political ads, shot during the Chicago Blizzard of 1979. “All we get from the city is a big snow job! City Hall does not work. I work!” Tom Weinberg plays Lishman’s catatonic husband, Marvin.
3:35Copy video clip URL “Jane Byrne Election Night.” Produced by Scott Jacobs for “The Video News” with Cindy Neal and Lily Ollinger. [Note: This version of “Jane Byrne Election Night” was re-edited by Image Union for this episode. For the official director’s cut, visit: https://vimeo.com/139883277] We follow Jane Byrne on February 27, 1979 at the Ambassador Hotel. Byrne is just finding out that she may have won the democratic primary for Mayor of Chicago, defeating incumbent Mayor Bilandic. She watches TV and talks about the havoc handshaking has wrought on her nails and jewelry. Her husband talks about preparing meals so she’d be well fed when she got home. After her victory seems certain, she organizes her family and supporters and speaks to her campaign staff. When she’s won, the media struggle to get close to her.
20:50Copy video clip URL “Chairs” by Nick Despota, John Mabey, and Bob Synder. Color video. Footage of the Chicago blizzard of 1979 set to music. We see piles of snow and the typical Chicago practice of chairs saving shoveled parking spaces.
22:31Copy video clip URL Speech by Mayor Richard J. Daley at the inauguration of Daley Plaza, followed by narration describing the Chicago political machine.
23:52Copy video clip URL Jane Byrne Easter Celebration at Cabrini Green by Tom Weinberg.
24:25Copy video clip URL Richard J. Daley brushes off questions as to whether he will run for Mayor.
25:06Copy video clip URL “Dog License” by Paul Jessel and Bill Langdon. Animated. One dog eats another dog. Another dog eats that one, etc.
26:28Copy video clip URL Image Union end credits.