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Highway interchange named for former Chicago mayor

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Associated Press

A highway interchange near downtown Chicago has been named for former Mayor Jane Byrne.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the new name Friday afternoon for what's known as the Circle Interchange. Its new name is the Jane Byrne Interchange.

Byrne held office from 1979 to 1983. She was the city's first and only female mayor. Earlier in the summer, city officials also proposed naming a park next to the Historic Water Tower after her.

In a statement, Quinn says Byrne broke barriers and the newly named interchange will ensure she'll be remembered.

The interchange connects several major highways near downtown, facilitating travel for more than 400,000 vehicles each day. It was built between 1958 and 1962 and is undergoing reconstruction.

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