Remembering Harold Washington



“Campaign” tells the story of 1983

“Campaign” tells the story of 1983

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When Jayne Byrne ran for a second term as mayor of Chicago in 1983 the Democratic Party vote was split between her and then-Cook County State’s Attorney Richard M. Daley, creating an opportunity for Harold Washington to win the primary with the support of an enthusiastic African American community’s vote.(…)

Memories from a friend of Harold’s

Memories from a friend of Harold’s

By SUE PURRINGTON The last time I spoke to Harold Washington was about two weeks before he died. I was the director of Chicago NOW at the time and we had auctioned “Tea and Crumpets” with the mayor at one of our fundraisers (the idea of tea and crumpets, if you recall, came about when(…)

Excerpts from “Campaign:”

Excerpts from “Campaign:”

“He was a bachelor most of his life and his apartment was a mess: clothes all over the place, books, magazines old newspapers, position papers, mimeographed fliers from the neighborhood. His suits were rumpled and his ties were stained. For as long as anyone can remember, even back to boyhood, he was reading all the(…)

Janowitz discusses Harold Washington’s legacy

Janowitz discusses Harold Washington’s legacy

Rebecca Janowitz serves as a special assistant for legal affairs on the Cook County Justice Advisory Council and has served on Kenwood Academy and Ray School’s local school councils. She is the author of the 2010 book, “Culture of Opportunity: Obama’s Chicago – The People, Politics and Ideas of Hyde Park.” What do you see(…)