The most powerful Chicagoans now

This ranking of the 25 most influential leaders in Chicago would have looked a lot different a year ago. Such is the fleeting nature of clout in these turbulent times.

79彩票注册网址

79彩票注册网址Power is dynamic. The 2019 ranking of the 25 most powerful people in Chicago would have looked very different if Crain’s had published it last year—or even six months ago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, for instance, would have been a natural for the top five not so long ago, but now he’s a private citizen, hitting the national punditry circuit. Senate President John Cullerton is retiring, closing a chapter on the storied Cullerton political clan in Chicago. Julia Stasch, longtime head of the MacArthur Foundation and a familiar face on boards across the city, retired from her role this fall. Lori Healy, a fixture in and around City Hall—most recently at the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority—has exited for the private sector.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
WEIGH IN

Disagree with our ranking? That's half the fun. Let us hear from you on and .

79彩票注册网址

C-suite power has shifted as well: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg is under the microscope, having lost his chairmanship role after two 737 Max crashes left hundreds dead. McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook was fired after a consensual relationship with an employee. Local health care companies and hospitals have seen an exodus of leadership as well.

Then there’s the dragnet column. Ald. Ed Burke—previously chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee and one of Chicago’s most prolific political fundraisers—has been one of the first casualties of the man who now occupies No. 4 on Crain’s power list. And one of Illinois’ most powerful women, Anne Pramaggiore, has stepped down both as a senior executive at Exelon and as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as the feds scrutinize the lobbying practices of Exelon and its Commonwealth Edison subsidiary.

This snapshot of the city’s current top 25 power players takes into account factors including sphere of influence, access to capital, corporate and civic connections, and old-fashioned newsworthiness. By winnowing this list to 25 rather than, say, 50, the editors left aside certain long-standing business titans such as billionaire civic booster Joe Mansueto, as well as rising stars such as the YWCA of Chicago’s Dorri McWhorter. Might those names appear on a 2020 ranking? As we have seen, a lot can change in 12 months.

This ranking is published as part of The Book, Crain's annual compendium of information and data on the people, companies and organizations powering Chicago's economy.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Getty Images

79彩票注册网址J. B. Pritzker

79彩票注册网址

1. J.B. PRITZKER
79彩票注册网址 Governor of Illinois

79彩票注册网址Pritzker, still in his first year as Illinois governor, would have ranked high on this list even if he weren’t in charge of the state, thanks to a combination of his net worth (an estimated $3.4 billion), his mega-influential family (nine Pritzkers made it onto the Forbes 400), his experience in the venture- and private-capital world, and his philanthropic efforts.

79彩票注册网址That clout has only expanded now that Pritzker runs the entire state (roughly 60,000 employees). He emerged from the last full legislative session with major rewrites of the state’s gambling rules, a brand new recreational marijuana program, a $45 billion infrastructure program and the first step toward his “fair tax” that he says will help right the state’s still shaky fiscal ship.

Implementation of all of those—and the fallout from federal investigations rocking major industries and established Springfield fixtures—will be the next major test of the governor’s political pull.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Stephen J. Serio

Lori Lightfoot

79彩票注册网址

2. LORI LIGHTFOOT
Mayor of Chicago

79彩票注册网址Lightfoot, a political neophyte, came into office winning every single ward and enjoying an approval rating hovering around the 70s (per her team). She immediately faced a laundry list of issues that could trail from her fifth-floor City Hall office down to LaSalle Street. Lightfoot has taken her first steps to address the city’s crime problem and rebuild trust in the Police Department, submitted her premiere budget and has started making her imprint on the city’s myriad boards and departments.

The mayor directly commands dozens of city departments, more than 33,000 city employees and leadership of the Chicago Public Schools, Housing Authority, Park District, City Colleges and Transit Authority.

But she’s still learning the ropes: A significant portion of the city’s future depends on help from Springfield, and though Lightfoot is loath to describe them as losses, she has emerged bruised from the Chicago Teachers Union’s 11-day strike and the veto session in Springfield.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Bloomberg

Melody Hobson

79彩票注册网址

3. MELLODY HOBSON
79彩票注册网址 President and co-CEO, Ariel Investments

79彩票注册网址Along with No. 9 John Rogers, Hobson leads one of the city’s biggest asset managers and has become a leading national voice for corporate diversity. Despite splitting her time between Chicago and Los Angeles, she holds Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ear as vice chair of World Business Chicago, the city’s economic development arm—all while sitting on the boards of Starbucks and JPMorgan Chase and helping husband George Lucas build his namesake museum on the West Coast (after a losing battle to bring it to Chicago’s lakefront).

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
AP Images

John Lausch

79彩票注册网址

4. JOHN LAUSCH
U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

79彩票注册网址If you haven’t heard his name, you know his work. Without fanfare (butcher paper on windows and agents who don’t spout off to press) and with years of groundwork laid by his predecessor and rank and file, Lausch’s office has already kneecapped one of Chicago’s most powerful aldermen (Ed Burke); forced the resignation of one of the state’s most established Latino politicians (former state Rep. Luis Arroyo Sr.); shook up the leadership at Exelon, one of the nation’s biggest utilities; and cast a chill over Chicago and Springfield. The office reportedly is looking into many other powerful people (Michael Madigan included) and lucrative industries—lobbyists, elected officials and gambling, red light and transportation companies. Lausch has the firepower, and time, to upend much more, but will also have to secure convictions.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
AP Images

79彩票注册网址Michael Madigan

79彩票注册网址

5. MICHAEL MADIGAN
79彩票注册网址 Speaker, Illinois House of Representatives

79彩票注册网址“Don’t be fooled. He hasn’t lost an iota of power,” one longtime political watcher says. Despite No. 4’s probing around Madigan’s associates and a sexual harassment scandal that led to the expulsion of top aides, the longtime speaker still holds the keys to getting things done in Springfield through his consolidated power in the House, the state’s Democratic Party apparatus and an alumni network of aides and former lawmakers. He helped Gov. J.B. Pritzker usher through much of his first-session agenda and, despite years of targeted attacks from former Gov. Bruce Rauner, netted seven new Democratic members in House ranks in the 2018 election, regaining his “supermajority” status. Still, the near constant attacks on Madigan have taken a toll.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Paul Elledge

Ken Griffin

79彩票注册网址

6. KEN GRIFFIN
79彩票注册网址 Founder and CEO, Citadel

Griffin is one of very few people in Chicago who, with the sweep of a pen, can get not just a wing but an entire museum named after him. The hedge fund he founded, Citadel, is also beating out stumbling and shrinking competitors, growing to manage more than $32 billion. Though key political allies have exited office—former Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, namely—Griffin has an undeniable reach in the city’s business and cultural community. Illinois’ richest man has given roughly $1 billion to the soon-to-be-namesake Museum of Science & Industry, the University of Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Field Museum, the Art Institute and other organizations, and he has chipped in to expand the city’s lakefront path and launch crime-fighting tech centers in neighborhoods experiencing violence.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Erik Unger

79彩票注册网址Toni Preckwinkle

79彩票注册网址

7. TONI PRECKWINKLE
President, Cook County Board

This political veteran has been through tough battles before. She’s now weathered a blistering loss in the mayoral race and the sound defeat of the sweetened-beverage tax she championed. Even still, Preckwinkle runs the second-most-populous county in America (with a no-tax-hike budget this year) and helps oversee two critical systems: criminal justice and a health network that shoulders a majority of the charity care in the county. Plus, she helms the Cook County Democratic Party, which she says she wants to grow to a bigger tent.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Erik Unger

79彩票注册网址Curt Bailey

79彩票注册网址

8. CURT BAILEY
President, Related Midwest

79彩票注册网址Related’s “the 78,” a brand-new neighborhood being built on top of the biggest undeveloped parcel of land near downtown Chicago, is perhaps the city’s most ambitious making-something-out-of-nothing effort since the creation of Streeterville. The plan includes another transformative element: the Discovery Partners Institute, a University of Illinois initiative that, if built, promises to be a catalyst for Chicago’s tech ambitions. The 78 project follows on major Related developments: the luxury One Bennett Park skyscraper, the rejuvenation of the Lathrop Homes and a new approach to affordable housing in Little Italy. While his crosstown rival, Sterling Bay’s Andy Gloor, has been ensnared in a massive political battle surrounding his similarly scaled Lincoln Yards project, Bailey has been moving ahead on his South Loop vision with relatively mild pushback.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Todd Winters

John Rogers

79彩票注册网址

9. JOHN ROGERS
79彩票注册网址 Chairman, co-CEO and chief investment officer, Ariel Investments

79彩票注册网址Rogers leads, along with No. 3 Mellody Hobson, the biggest minority-owned investment management firm in the state with significant clout and respect among elected and business officials statewide. He serves on some of the most powerful boards in the city and nation, including the Obama Foundation, McDonald’s, Nike, the New York Times, the University of Chicago and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Pick a major civic endeavor over the past two decades, and you’ll find Rogers’ name attached to it. Besides, anyone with the audacity to take on basketball legend Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one deserves respect.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Manuel Martinez

Erik Lefkofsky

79彩票注册网址

10. ERIC LEFKOFSKY
CEO, Tempus; chairman, Groupon

79彩票注册网址He’s the best-known tech entrepreneur in Chicago. Lefkofsky built three companies that went public—including Groupon and Echo Global Logistics, with longtime partner Brad Keywell—while also investing in promising startups. Lefkofsky’s latest venture is no less ambitious than seeking a cure for cancer. Specifically, Tempus aims to help doctors use data to battle this dreaded killer.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
University of Chicago

Robert Zimmer

79彩票注册网址

11. ROBERT ZIMMER
President, University of Chicago

79彩票注册网址Zimmer has been president of the University of Chicago since 2006, overseeing the Hyde Park school’s rise in multiple independent rankings that name it one of the best universities in the world. He has overseen dramatic growth in its undergraduate student population. The university has benefited from his ability to tap wealthy board members and alums for billions of dollars in donations.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Bloomberg

Sam Zell

79彩票注册网址

12. SAM ZELL
79彩票注册网址 Founder and chairman, Equity Group Investments

Illinois’ second-wealthiest man, behind Ken Griffin, Zell is a force in real estate, energy and media, serving on five NYSE-listed company boards, as well as EGI and Equity Residential, a big apartment landlord. He and his wife, Helen, have donated millions to local charities, cultural institutions and politicos (including former Gov. Bruce Rauner) and became major donors to Lori Lightfoot after her mayoral win.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Stephen J. Serio

79彩票注册网址John Canning

79彩票注册网址

13. JOHN CANNING
79彩票注册网址 Chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners

79彩票注册网址Canning is a Chicago private-equity pioneer, founding his firm in 1992 and then investing $23 billion in some 140 companies along the way. He’s personally invested in marquee Chicago brands including the Chicago Sun-Times. Canning also serves as co-chairman of the Big Shoulders Fund and as chairman of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and he formerly held chair posts at the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Getty Images

79彩票注册网址Jesse Sharkey

79彩票注册网址

14. JESSE SHARKEY
President, Chicago Teachers Union

79彩票注册网址The CTU prevailed against the mayor in the 11-day strike in October, winning ground on many of its must-haves, attracting solidarity from national political figures and reshaping bargaining conditions for future contracts. While Sharkey ultimately struck the final deal in a one-on-one with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, even he would admit he couldn’t have done it without his second in command, Vice President Stacy Davis Gates. Next up is the union’s fight in Springfield for an elected school board.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Moshe Zusman Photography Studio

Penny Pritzker

79彩票注册网址

15. PENNY PRITZKER
79彩票注册网址 Founder and chair, PSP Partners

Pritzker launched her firm in 2012 and has invested billions in real estate, businesses and other fund managers. She parlayed her experience and support for President Barack Obama into an appointment as U.S. secretary of commerce from 2013 to 2017 and is now at the helm of P33, a coalition of business, education and civic leaders pushing to reclaim the “World’s Brightest Spot” moniker granted to Chicago during the 1933 World’s Fair—this time for the city’s tech community.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Stephen J. Serio

Rocky Wirtz

79彩票注册网址

16. ROCKY WIRTZ
President, Wirtz Corp.

The Blackhawks and United Center make up just a fraction of the Wirtz empire. The family business is also in real estate, insurance and video production, but it’s dominated by Break­thru Beverage, the nation’s third-largest liquor distributor, with more than $5 billion in annual revenue and 7,000 employees in 13 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. Likely on the horizon for Wirtz: getting into the sports gambling game with a betting facility at or near the Madhouse on Madison.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
HCSC

Maurice Smith

79彩票注册网址

17. MAURICE SMITH
President, Health Care Service Corp.

Smith has climbed HCSC’s ladder since starting out there as an intern in 1993. He’s been president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois and chair of the Dearborn Life Insurance board, an HCSC subsidiary. Smith is also firmly established in Chicago’s philanthropic community. He is a potential contender to take over as CEO of HCSC from interim CEO David Lesar after a leadership shakeup and at a time of convulsive change in health care.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Bloomberg

79彩票注册网址Oscar Munoz

79彩票注册网址

18. OSCAR MUNOZ
79彩票注册网址 CEO, United Airlines

79彩票注册网址This veteran transportation executive has turned around the nation’s second-­biggest airline and Chicago’s fifth-largest public company since he took over as CEO four years ago. First he won over employees, then investors. His civic connections, his outspokenness on hot topics such as immigration reform and his financial resources mean he will continue to be influential even after he gives up the CEO seat in May to become executive chairman.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
WTTW News

Blase Cupich

79彩票注册网址

19. BLASE CUPICH
Cardinal and archbishop, Archdiocese of Chicago

79彩票注册网址Though the archdiocese faces significant financial troubles, declining school and church enrollment, and continued fallout from the church’s sexual abuse scandal, Chicago is still a Catholic town, and Cupich has led the church here since 2014, with influence in political circles and regular trips to Vatican City.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app

Otis Moss

79彩票注册网址

20. OTIS MOSS III
Senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

Moss, now a decade into leading the roughly 8,000-strong congregation after the exit of controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright, has been cemented as a force who still attracts influential congregants. Besides helping forgive $5.3 million in medical debt for 6,000 Chicagoans this year, Moss’ church is involved in the Imani Village, designed to provide health care, housing, job training and athletic facilities to residents of the Roseland development.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app

Jeanne Gang

79彩票注册网址

21. JEANNE GANG
79彩票注册网址 Architect, Studio Gang

Gang has gambled on big and small projects, remaking Chicago’s skyline in the process—think the Vista and Aqua towers—with designs that are unmistakably hers. As the lead architect on the $8.5 billion new terminal at O’Hare International Airport—the first woman to head such a project nationally—she’ll leave her mark on one of the city’s most important economic engines.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Bloomberg

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

79彩票注册网址

22. JESUS "CHUY" GARCIA
79彩票注册网址 U.S. representative, 4th Congressional District

Despite his 2015 mayoral loss, Garcia is arguably Illinois’ most prominent and popular Latino politico. He took on the elder statesman mantle from retired Rep. Luis Gutierrez after decades in the City Council, the state Senate and the Cook County Board. With other senior Latino elected officials under scrutiny, Garcia could be in store for “an unbeatable map for him and whoever’s close to him,” says one political watcher.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Getty Images

Chance the Rapper

79彩票注册网址

23. CHANCE THE RAPPER
79彩票注册网址 Rapper, singer and activist

79彩票注册网址Few other Chicago exports represent the city as faithfully as Chance. The rapper has been on the rise since the release of “Coloring Book” in 2013, but he has not fled to one of the coasts. Chance, whose father, Ken Bennett, has run in Chicago’s political circles for decades, made two ultimately unsuccessful but must-watch endorsements in the 2019 mayoral race. He’s had a banner year regardless—getting married, having his second child, releasing a new album and hosting “Saturday Night Live” (again)—while continuing to support Chicago Public Schools (and the CTU).

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Alamy

79彩票注册网址Mary Dillon

79彩票注册网址

24. MARY DILLON
CEO, Ulta

79彩票注册网址Bolingbrook-based Ulta, which Dillon has led since 2013, is in the midst of growing into a global brand in both the online space and in brick-and-mortar locations. Its 32 million-member loyalty program is twice as big as Starbucks’, and the beauty company’s stock has soared 251 percent during Dillon’s tenure. How she handles the $6.72 billion business abroad is her next big challenge.

 

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
WTTW News

Andrea Zopp

79彩票注册网址

25. ANDREA ZOPP
CEO, World Business Chicago

Zopp is one of only a few prominent political survivors who carried over from Rahm Emanuel to Lori Lightfoot. As one who could move “from the boardroom to a church pew without missing a beat,” as Emanuel put it, she’s tasked with pivoting the city’s economic development arm to extend investment beyond the Loop to Chicago’s neighborhoods.

7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
Letter
to the
Editor

Have something to get off your chest? You can?send us an email.79彩票注册网址?Or tell us on our page or on? @CrainsChicago.