Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel each rewarded the constituency that helped them get elected when they appointed four members each to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) Board.
Quinn named an attorney and three labor leaders to the board. Emanuel’s choices come exclusively from the corporate world: a banker, an attorney, a retired power executive and former Comptroller Dan Hynes, who now works for Ariel Investments, and whose brother is Emanuel’s Springfield lobbyist.
Under state law, the governor and the mayor are each allotted four appointments to the board, which oversees McCormick Place. (Navy Pier now operates as a separate entity.)
Jack M. Greenberg, chairman of the Western Union Company and also chairman of Chicago-based InnerWorkings, Inc will serve as the Chairman of the MPEA board.
Jim Reilly, who has served as MPEA Trustee for the past 20 months, will stay on as CEO of MPEA.
Julie Chavez: Senior Vice President and Community Relations Manager for Bank of America in Chicago, currently responsible for leading the bank’s efforts in philanthropy, community and civic engagement and business development. Chavez has worked with a number of Chicago organizations, including the National Museum of Mexican Art, of which she is the chair of the board, Metropolitan Family Services, and Chicago United, among others.
Frank M. Clark, Jr.: Retired Chairman and CEO of ComEd. During his time in Chicago he has been a civic leader in many regards, sitting on the board of many organizations including the Museum of Science and Industry, DePaul University, the Illinois Manufactures Association, and the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.
Dan Hynes: Senior vice president at Ariel Investments. He served three terms as State Comptroller from 1999 through 2011. Hynes has also served as Chairman of the State Employees’ Retirement System and has been a trustee of the Illinois State Board of Investment.
Roger J. Kiley, Jr.: Attorney with the law firm Mayer, Brown LLP. Served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley in the 1990s, a judge of the Circuit Court of Illinois and a representative to the 6th Illinois Constitutional Convention.
Carmen H. Lonstein: Partner in the Chicago office of Baker and McKenzie and chair of the Financial Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group in North America. She is a member of the board of the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.
Ronald E. Powell: International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union. He has led the UFCW Local 881 as president since 1983.
Robert G. Reiter, Jr.: Secretary-Treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor. =He sits on the Metropolitan Planning Council's Resource Board and is Treasurer of the Cook County Workforce Investment Board.
Becky Strzechowski: Secretary-Treasurer and Assistant Trustee of Teamsters Local #700 in Park Ridge. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a juris doctor from DePaul. She sits on the Teamster’s National and Joint Council 25 Women’s committees and is a member of the Illinois.