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Former Ald. Robert Shaw announces run for mayor

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Updated: April 15, 2014 6:14AM

Robert Shaw, the former 9th Ward alderman and Cook County commissioner, announced Thursday he plans to challenge Rahm Emanuel in the 2015 mayor's race.

Shaw is a longtime Chicago politician who, with his brother William, made several political enemies over the years.

They raised eyebrows in 2006 when Robert accepted an appointment from William — then mayor of Dolton — to become the south suburb’s first inspector general for $70,000 a year.

The Better Government Association called that appointment a “$70,000 joke on the taxpayers of Dolton.” Dolton trustees voted not to renew his contract in 2010 after William died in 2008 and Ronnie Lewis took over as mayor.

The Shaws also made powerful political friends — like former President Bill Clinton. Shaw said he and Clinton were born in Hope, Ark., and their families knew each other.

Shaw was also an adviser to former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who ran against Rahm Emanuel for mayor in 2011.

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