Sawyer Chicago

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Eugene Sawyer served as Mayor of Chicago from December 1987 to April 1989. Originally born in Alabama, Sawyer moved to Chicago in the 1970s and was elected as the Alderman of the 6th Ward. In 1987 when Chicago Mayor Washington died halfway through his term, Sawyer was elected mayor by the city council—the second African-American to be elected to the position. During his two years as mayor, Sawyer attempted to improve lighting by Wrigley Field; worked towards banning indoor smoking; and was the first mayor to support the rights of the LGBT community. After his term was over, he campaigned unsuccessfully against Richard M. Daley, which is where this button might have come from. Following the campaign, he retired from politics and returned to business until his death in 2008.

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