Executive Editor Cassie Walker Burke from Chicagomag.com joins NBC 5 to discuss some of Chicago's most powerful people.
Chicago’s got the power.
Or at least it has some powerful people according to Chicago’s Power 100 by Chicagomag.com.
Basic criteria for the top 100 list include finding who has the power to get stuff done in the city and who gets their calls returned, according to Executive Editor Cassie Walker Burke.
It comes as no surprise that Mayor Rahm Emanuel made it to the top of the list for his second year in row.
“There’s little question why,” Burke said. “He‘s managed to get commitments for 25,000 jobs over the next few years, he had a trouble-free NATO, he even managed to get the longer school day after the strike.”
Others at the top of list include House Speaker Michael Madigan, J.B. Pritzker, Chairman of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox Jerry Reinsdorf, Michael Sacks, Toni Preckwinkle, Irene Rosenfeld and David Axelrod.
Governor Pat Quinn made the list at number 70, though he was not in the previous year’s edition. His reforms and political influences brought the Governor back to a power status.
But the list isn’t just political.
Artists such as Theaster Gates were also featured.
Gates, an international art star, not only bring his art to the city but he is also a community revitalizer and advocate on the city’s South Side.