A high-level dispute over who should lead the agency that runs McCormick Place has taken an unusual turn, with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office forced to publicly come to the defense of the woman he’d like to take the job.
In a statement, Emily Bittner, Pritzker’s communications chief, said she normally “wouldn’t be talking about this process”—finding a successor to Lori Healey, who left the agency known as McPier last year for a private-sector job. “But because someone decided to launch an oppo hit...”
79彩票注册网址Bittner was referring to a saying that Larita Reed-Clark, acting CEO of McPier and someone Pritzker backs to get the job full time, actually lives in Indiana.
Reed-Clark was born in Chicago, raised in West Garfield Park, graduated from Austin High School and Loyola and Northwestern universities and moved to the Indiana side of the metropolitan area after her late husband accepted a job there, Bittner said, adding that Reed-Clark has stayed there to raise her children in their existing support network.
“For the past 35 years, she has provided leadership and financial management” in a range of top jobs at McPier, the statement said. “The administration is proud to ask the MPEA board to consider a highly qualified African American woman,” and Reed-Clark will move to Illinois if she gets the job.
The statement did not discuss who launched the “oppo hit.” But the mayor and governor have been jostling for months over who to pick to succeed Healey, with McPier board Chairman Brett Hart also expected to leave soon.
Lightfoot wants DePaul University CFO Jeff Bethke, but Pritzker’s allies say he has little experience running or attracting the trade shows and conventions that constitute McCormick Place’s business. In turn, the mayor has frowned on some other names pushed by Pritzker, such as Chicago Public Schools COO Arnie Rivera.
Knowledgeable sources say a four- or five-member McPier board subcommittee is about to start interviewing candidates in hopes of reaching a decision. But a final selection will depend on the mayor and governor reaching some sort of agreement, since they split control over the agency.
The standoff has begun to raise some concerns, given the importance to Chicago’s hotel and hospitality industries of smooth operation of the convention center.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