March 5, 1987 |
Mayor Harold Washington won the Democratic primary last week by 7.1 percentage points, or 78,158 votes, according to newly released results from the Board of Election Commissioners' final canvass. Washington drew 587,594 votes to former Mayor Jane M. Byrne's 509,436 votes.
June 1, 1987
The Chicago corporation counsel's office has asked the U.S. attorney's office to investigate charges that Chicago Housing Authority money was used to make illegal contributions to Mayor Harold Washington's reelection fund. Attorneys for the counsel's office called for the investigation after Lynne Borrell, a former deputy executive director at the authority, made the allegations in sworn testimony, Matthew Piers, deputy corporation counsel, said.
June 25, 1988 |
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an artist whose portrait of the late Mayor Harold Washington in women's undergarments was seized by policemen at an exhibition. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court, seeks $100,000 in damages from Police Supt. LeRoy Martin, unidentified officers and three City Council members.
May 12, 1988 |
Outraged City Council members voted Wednesday to cut off funding to the Art Institute of Chicago until it permanently removes a painting that depicts the late Mayor Harold Washington garbed in women's lingerie. Aldermen said the controversial artwork, painted by a student of the School of the Art Institute, was offensive, but students at the school accused the city of violating their First Amendment right to freedom of expression.
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January 22, 2008 |
Eugene Sawyer, 73, Chicago's second African American mayor, who served briefly during a deeply divisive period in city politics in the late 1980s, died Saturday in the city's Adventist Hinsdale Hospital after several recent strokes, his family said. A native of Greensboro, Ala., Sawyer served as mayor for 16 months after the sudden death of the city's first black mayor, Harold Washington. Elected an alderman for Chicago's 6th Ward in 1971, Sawyer was chosen by the City Council to replace Washington in 1987.