Controversial former U.S. Rep. Augustus Alexander Savage (D) passed one day after his 90th birthday on Oct. 31.
Savage served the Second Congressional District of Illinois, representing Chicago’s South Side for six terms from January 1981 to January 1993.
Born in Detroit on Oct. 30, 1925, and raised in Chicago, Savage served in the Army from 1943-1946 before beginning his career as a journalist and politician.
Savage founded the Citizen Newspapers, which is touted as the largest black-owned weekly newspaper chain in the Midwest during the ’70s.
He retired from the newspaper business when he launched his political career in 1980.
During his time as a lawmaker, he was often criticized for so-called racist remarks and anti-Semitic views.
Savage’s children, Emma Savage-Davis and Thomas Savage, and his grandchildren survive him.
He died at home in Illinois with family by his side.