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Dennis Byrne: So Long Illinois

Dennis Byrne 18 October 2019 No Comment

So long, Illinois. Goodbye, Chicago.

Here, I was born and raised. Schooled and worked. Practically my entire life has unfolded in Chicago and close by.


As a kid, I rode on Chicago street cars and the wooden “L” cars before there was a CTA. Took the old North Shore Line to high school and college. Flew out of Midway Airport when it was the nation’s busiest and before there was an O’Hare. Caddied in Northfield and labored over a North Avenue knitting mill’s steam table. I’ve worked for three Chicago daily newspapers. I love Chicago. Chicago is my town.

But I’ve had enough. Fed up. I’m gone.

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