Savage says he won’t seek 1st Ward post
BY STEPHANIE LULAY firstname.lastname@example.org October 1, 2013 1:11PM
John Savage, who is on the library board and chairman of the building committee, discusses plans for a new downtown branch of the Aurora Public Library during a public forum on Sunday. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 4, 2013 7:21AM
AURORA — Less than a week before the application deadline, John Savage said Tuesday afternoon he will not apply for the vacant 1st Ward aldermanic spot.
Savage, president of the Aurora Public Library’s board of directors, cited personal and business reasons for not pursuing the post at this time.
“I’ve done a lot of thinking about it and talked to numerous people, but I’ve made a decision now is not the right time,” Savage said.
As then-chairman of the library board’s Building Committee in 2012, Savage led the push for a new $28 million downtown library.
In addition to working in investments at Aon Hewitt, Savage is part-owner of Heartland Recycling CCDD. Both the recycling and development arm of Heartland have done, or plan to do, business with the city in the next few months.
Because former Alderman Abby Schuler resigned 18 months before the next 1st Ward general election, Mayor Tom Weisner gets to pick her replacement.
If City Council likes the appointee, Weiser’s pick will represent the 1st Ward at least until the next general election is held in April 2015.
Applications to fill the vacant 1st Ward spot are due Friday.