CHICAGO (AP) – Former Chicago Alderman and Cook County Commissioner Robert Shaw announced Thursday that he will run against Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor next year.
“Becoming the mayor of Chicago is the right thing to do,” Shaw said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Shaw said in a news release before his announcement that he’s concerned with school closings and pensions.
“These individuals were hired with the pretext they would work hard, be dependable productive employees, retire with a respectable pension and live after retirement without fear of being stripped of what they earned and deserved,” Shaw said in the release.
Shaw had lived in the Cook County village of South Holland since 1999. He moved back to Chicago’s Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood in December.
Shaw has been a longtime Chicago-area politician. He was alderman of the 9th Ward and an adviser to former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who ran against Emanuel in 2011.
Shaw’s late brother, William Shaw, was mayor of the Chicago suburb of Dolton.
William Shaw appointed Robert Shaw to be Dolton’s first inspector general in 2006. The post paid $70,000 a year and Robert Shaw accepted.
The Sun-Times reports that the Better Government Association called the appointment a “$70,000 joke on the taxpayers of Dolton.”
Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index