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Chicago Mag Names City'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.

    Mayor: Hotel Development Makes Chicago a World-Class City

    [CHI] Mayor: Hotel Development Makes Chicago a World-Class City
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday joined Loews Hotels & Resorts at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Loews Chicago Hotel in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. (Published Friday, March 1, 2013)

    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.

    Quinn Announces Investment in Millennium Reserve

    [CHI] Quinn Announces Investment in Millennium Reserve
    Gov. Pat Quinn joined state and local officials to announce an investment of $6.8 million for the development of the 140,000 acre Millennium Reserve. Quinn said the project, which includes trails and green space, will be the largest open space area in the nation. (Published Friday, March 1, 2013)

    “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.