Alderman Sawyer Uses Money From Mayor To Donate To 10 Non-Profits

Mike Krauser
October 12, 2018 - 12:41 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Alderman Roderick Sawyer, Chair of the City Council’s Black Caucus, will give away $20,000 that Mayor Emanuel recently gave him.  

Ald. Sawyer said he didn't view the money as some kind of quid pro quo.  He said he's always been an independent thinker, but he did acknowledge that some would see it as a political liability, accepting cash from the Mayor.  

“It’s a political challenge obviously,” he said. “I’m a person that’s a student of politics and I understand the optics. I thought it was also an opportunity to do something good with some unexpected cash.” 

He’s chosen 10 non-profits that work with children and ex-offenders and attempt to prevent violence on the streets, giving each $2,000. 

One of the recipients, Tyronne Muhammad, runs Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change.  

"I don’t want to sound ungrateful.  These are peanuts what he’s doing, but he still recognizes that these organizations deserve support," Muhammad said.

Muhammad said the more than two dozen other aldermen who got checks from the Mayor ought to do the same. 

Sawyer said that would be up to them. Some, he noted, are going to have tough campaigns and will need the money.