The unofficial race to replace William Beavers on the county board is gaining interest with the onetime chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Roland Burris not only throwing his hat in the ring, but upping the ante.As you all know Beavers was convicted in federal court for tax evasion and his seat on the county board is now vacant. Now we're seeing people come out of the woodwork to replace him.
Kenneth Sawyer, the cousin of Ald. Roderick Sawyer, said Monday that if a group of ward committeemen appoint him to replace Beavers, he would do it for free.
That is, for the term of the appointment, which runs until 2014.
Sawyer said he would take the county commissioner salary - which is about $85,000 - and create scholarships for those in the 4th District.
Sawyer, 45, who lives in the Chatham neighborhood, is in investment banking.
"I wouldn't think of taking a salary. I think people have been tired of looking at these things - the sequester in Washington, the pension issues in Illinois," he said.
We see know that Sawyer is very serious in addition to former County Board President Todd Stroger. The 4th District Seat was once held by Stroger's father John Stroger until his stroke and incapacity in 2006.