Could Amazon's $5 Billion HQ2 Come Here? Regional Coalition Creates 'Unprecedented' Task Force

Could Amazon’s $5 Billion HQ2 Come Here? Regional Coalition Creates ‘Unprecedented’ Task Force


With the potential for 50,000 new jobs, $5 billion in new construction and who knows how many sales and property-tax dollars, everybody in the country is doing backflips and cartwheels to get Amazon to locate its HQ2 headquarters in their neck of the woods.

Could it come to our area?

The answer to that is a solid yes, and the big focus likely will be for the city of Chicago, which is joining with the state of Illinois to make an “unprecedented” push for the tech-shopping giant. And of course, if Amazon does land in the Windy City — or anywhere within 30 miles of it — the benefits for Kane County folks still could be significant.

Amazon expects its second headquarters location to be “a full equal to Amazon’s current campus in Seattle.” The company estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy, and every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional $1.40 for the city’s economy overall, Amazon says on its website.

Exactly how unprecedented is this regional Illinois push?

For starters, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner are united in the effort, teaming up as “honorary co-chairs” of a gigantic committee with a list of names that’s as long as your arm and includes just about every major elected official, CEO, educator, non-profit officer or opinion leader in the collar counties.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is serving as honorary vice-chair, and she leads a who’s who of collar county leaders including DuPage County Board Chair Dan Cronin, McHenry County Board Chair Jack Franks, Kendall County Board President Scott Gryder, Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor, Will County Board Executive Lawrence Walsh and Kane County Board Chair Chris Lauzen.

Emanuel got the first quote in the city of Chicago news release announcing the coordinated economic development effort, and he emphasized the Second City’s allure.

“This unprecedented coalition brings together the public and private sectors with education, community and faith leaders to speak with a powerful, unified voice that says that Chicago is the ideal location for Amazon to build its new home and continue to grow for generations,” he said. “As we prepare the bid to bring Amazon home to Chicago, this committee will highlight the region’s competitiveness and strength as a national and global leader in business, education, research, culture and quality of life.”

The formation of the committee builds on a major step taken last week. The City of Chicago and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity are currently accepting nominations for potential Amazon HQ2 locations to include in the formal response to the company’s search for a second home.

Nominated sites must meet Amazon’s requirements, which include 500,000 square feet of initial space and the ability to expand up to 8 million square feet of space over the next 10 years. Sites should also provide direct access to mass transit and be located within 30 miles of a population center and 45 minutes of O’Hare Airport.

In December, Amazon, Intersect Illinois and the Illinois Department of Commerce announced that Amazon plans to open two fulfillment centers in Aurora, adding more than 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits to the local economy. Amazon will be one of the companies offering employment opportunities in an Oct. 6 jobs fair in Aurora.

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  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Governor Bruce Rauner


  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle


  • Oscar Munoz; CEO, United Airlines
  • Penny Pritzker; Founder & Chair, PSP Capital
  • Jim Reynolds; Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Loop Capital
  • Miles D. White; Chairman & CEO, Abbott


  • John J. Cullerton, Illinois Senate President, State of Illinois
  • William E. Brady, Illinois Senate Minority, State of Illinois
  • Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the House, State of Illinois
  • Jim B. Durkin, Illinois House Minority Leader, State of Illinois


  • Alderman Carrie M. Austin, 34th Ward; Chairman, Committee on the Budget and Government Operations
  • Alderman Edward M. Burke, 14th Ward; Chairman, Committee on Finance
  • Alderman Joe Moreno, 1st Ward; Chairman, Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
  • Alderman Patrick O’Connor, 40th Ward; Chairman, Committee on Workforce Development and Audit


  • Dan Cronin; Board Chair, DuPage County
  • Jack Franks; Board Chair, McHenry County
  • Scott Gryder; Board President, Kendall County
  • Chris Lauzen; Board Chair, Kane County
  • Aaron Lawlor; Board Chair, Lake County
  • Lawrence Walsh; Executive, Will County

David R. Casper; President & CEO, BMO Harris Bank N.A; Chairman, Intersect Illinois
Danielle DuMerer; Commissioner, Department of Innovation & Technology; Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago
John Keller; Chief of Staff, Office of Cook County Board President
Aarti Kotak; First Deputy Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicago
Jeff Malehorn, President & CEO, World Business Chicago
Sean McCarthy; Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Leslie Munger; Deputy Governor, State of Illinois
Farzin Parang; Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Development, City of Chicago
Mark Peterson; President & CEO, Intersect Illinois
David Reifman; Commissioner of Planning and Development, City of Chicago
Robert Rivkin; Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago
Michael J. Sacks; Chairman & CEO, GCM Grosvenor; Vice-Chairman, World Business Chicago
Andrea Zopp; Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer, City of Chicago

Chris Abbinante; Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Zaid Abdul-Aleem; Managing Director, Moelis & Company
Jim Abrams; Chief Operating Officer, Medline Industries, Inc.
Shradha Agarwal; President & Co-Founder, Outcome Health
Anil Ahuja; CEO, CCJM
Jimmy Akintonde; President & CEO, Ujamaa Construction Inc.
Constantine Alexandrakis; Managing Director of Chicago Office, Russell Reynolds
Carl Allegretti; Chairman & CEO, Deloitte Tax, LLP
Jose E. Almeida; Chairman, President & CEO, Baxter International, Inc.
Michael Alter; President, Alter Group
Anthony K. Anderson; Former Vice Chairperson & Managing Partner of the Midwest Area, Ernst & Young LLP
Andrew Appel; President & CEO, IRI
Jeff Aronin; CEO, Paragon Biosciences, LLC
Sarah Bader; Managing Director, Principal, Gensler
Curt Bailey; President, Related Midwest
Stephen Baird; President & CEO, Baird & Warner
Larry A. Barden; Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Earl Barnes; SVP & General Counsel, Advocate Health Care
Yasmin Bates-Brown; Former Executive Vice President, BMO Harris
Marc Baumann; President & CEO, SP Plus Corporation
Brenna Berman; Executive Director, UI LABS – City Digital
George W. Bilicic; Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Lazard Freres & Co.
Robert Blackwell; CEO, E.K.I. Digital
Neil Bluhm; Managing Principal, Walton Street Capital
Jason Blumberg; CEO & Managing Director, Energy Foundry
Norman R. Bobins; Vice Chairman, CIBC Bank USA
Kevin Boehm; Co-Founder, BOKA Restaurant Group
Les Bond; CEO, Attucks Asset Management, LLC
John Bonds; Co-Founder & CEO, Safeway Construction
George Bousis; Founder & CEO, Raise
Jim Brady; COO, Grant Thornton LLP
William J. Brodsky; Chairman, Cedar Street Asset Management
Steve Brodsky; CEO, Spot Trading
Greg Q. Brown; Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions
John Buck II; Chairman, The John Buck Company
John Bucksbaum; CEO, Bucksbaum Retail Properties
Martin Cabrera Jr.; Founder & CEO, Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC
Debra A. Cafaro; Chairman & CEO, Ventas, Inc.
Olga Camargo; Managing Partner, TOROSO Investments, LLC; Chair, HACE
Patrick J. Canning; Managing Partner, KPMG LLP
John A. Canning, Jr.; Chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners
Dave Carlins; Co-CEO, Magellen Development Group
Inga Carus; Chairman, Carus Group
Denise Casalino; Senior Vice President, AECOM
Gregory Case; President & CEO, Aon
Sach Chitnis; Managing Partner, Jump Capital
Andrew Cittadine; President & CEO, Diagnostic Photonics
Bob Clark; Chairman & CEO, Clayco
Frank Clark; President, Chicago Board of Education; Retired Chairman & CEO, ComEd
James Coleman; Chicago Office Managing Director, Accenture
Kevin Connelly; CEO, Spencer Stuart
Sean Connolly; President & CEO, ConAgra Foods
DJavan Conway; President, Conway Consulting Group
Tarrah Cooper; Managing Director, Mercury
Michael Coyne; Interim CEO & CFO, Potbelly Sandwich Works
Christopher M. Crane; President & CEO, Exelon Corporation
James S. Crown; President, Henry Crown and Company
Lester Crown; Chairman, Henry Crown and Company
Stephen A. Cruise; Managing Director, Greenhill & Co., LLC
Brandon Cruz; Co-Founder & President, GoHealth
Aashish Dalal; CEO, ParkWhiz
Honorable Richard M. Daley; Former Mayor, City of Chicago
William Daley; Managing Director, Argentière Capital; Former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama
Wendy Davidson; President, U.S. Specialty Channels, Kellogg Company
Steve Davis; Chairman, The Will Group
Deborah Dehaas; Vice Chairman, Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte LLP
Veranda Dickens; Independent Philanthropist, Former Executive Chairman, Seaway Bank
David Doig; President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
Vahe Dombalagian; Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners
Matt Downs; CEO, Sandbox Industries
Craig J. Duchossois; Chairman & CEO, The Duchossois Group
Steve Easterbrook; President & CEO, McDonald’s
Richard W. Edelman; President & CEO, Edelman
Glenn Eden; Executive Vice President, Weber Shandwick
Donald Edwards; CEO, Flexpoint Ford, LLC
Mathew Elenjical; CEO, Fourkites
Mike Englehart; President & CEO, Presence Health
John R. Ettelson; President & CEO, William Blair & Company
Charles L. Evans; President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Tyrone C. Fahner; Partner & Former Chairman, Mayer Brown LLP
Michael Fassnacht; President & CEO, FCB Chicago
Stephen Ferrara; COO, BDO USA, LLP; Chairman, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Michael W. Ferro, Jr.; Chairman & CEO, Merrick Ventures, LLC; Executive Committee Chairman, Chicago Community Trust
Paul J. Finnegan; Co-CEO, Madison Dearborn Partners
David Fisher; CEO, Enova
Thomas P. Fitzgerald; Chairman and Executive Committee Leader, Winston & Strawn LLP
Brian Fitzpatrick; Co-Founder & CTO, Tock
Declan Flanagan; CEO, Lincoln Clean Energy
Mike T. Foley; CEO North America, Zurich; Chairman, Zurich Holding Company of America, Inc.
Stephen W. Fort; Senior Vice President, Turner Construction Company
Torrey Foster Jr.; Vice Chairman, Consumer Practice Chicago, Korn Ferry
Jason Fried; Co-Founder & CEO, Basecamp
Mike Gamson; Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, LinkedIn
Sonny Garg; Energy Solutions Lead, Uptake
Alexandra Garza; Founder & Principal, AGG Consulting
Laurence S. Geller; Chairman, Geller Capital Partners
Matt Gibson; Head of Investment Banking Client Coverage, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Chris Girgenti; Managing Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Marin Gjaja; Senior Partner & Managing Director Chicago, Boston Consulting Group
Chris Gladwin; Co-Founder & CEO, Ocient
James T. Glerum, Jr.; Managing Director & Chairman, Regional Banking for North America – Citigroup
Andrew Gloor; Managing Principal, Sterling Bay Chicago
Richard C. Godfrey; Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ikram Goldman; Co-Owner, Ikram
Al Goldstein; Founder & CEO, Avant
Brett Goldstein; Managing Partner, Ekistic Ventures
Richard A. Gonzalez; Chairman & CEO, AbbVie
Larry J. Goodman, M.D.; CEO, Rush and Rush University Medical Center
Ilene Gordon; Chairman, President & CEO, Ingredion Inc.
Steve Gould; Operating Partner, Abundant Venture Partners
Alex Gourlay; Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance; President, Walgreens
Terry Graber; President & CEO, Power Construction
Shelley Stern Grach; Director, Civic Engagement, Microsoft
Antonio Gracias; Founder, Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Valor Equity Partners
Jim Gray; CEO, G-Bar
Kenneth C. Griffin; Founder & CEO, Citadel
Cornelius Griggs; President & Co-Founder, GMA Construction Group
Raj Gupta; Executive Chairman, ESD
Wallace Harris Jr.; SVP Head U.S. Personal & Small Business Banking, Chief CRA Officer, BMO Harris Bank
Dean Harrison; President & CEO, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Brett Hart; Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and General Counsel, United Airlines; Chairman, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA)
Bernardo Hees; CEO, The Kraft Heinz Company
David Helfand; President & CEO, Equity Commonwealth
Jason Heltzer; Partner, Origin Ventures
Stephanie Hickman; President & CEO, Trice Construction
Elzie Higginbottom; Founder & CEO, Eastlake Management & Development
Mellody Hobson; President, Ariel Investments
Andrew Hochberg; CEO, Next Realty, LLC
Roger Hochschild; President & COO, Discover
Patricia Brown Holmes; Founding Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Mark S. Hoplamazian; President & CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Zackery House; CEO, Environmental System Design
Terry Howerton; CEO, TechNexus Venture Collaborative
Craig Huffman; Co-Founder & Principal, Ascendance Partners
Larry Huggins; President & CEO Riteway-Huggins Construction Services
W. James Farrell; Advisor, TPG Growth; Former Chairman & CEO, Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
Amit Jhawar; COO, Braintree
Lamar A. Johnson; President & CEO, The Lamar Johnson Collaborative
H. Fisk Johnson; Chairman & CEO, SC Johnson
Phil Johnson; Co-Founder & Principal, Johnson and Lee Architects
David Kahnweiler; Chairman & CEO, Colliers International, Chicago
Mohit Kapoor; Chief Information & Technology Officer, TransUnion
Eric Douglas Keene; Founder & President, Keene Advisory Group
Christie Kelly; Global CFO, Jones Lang LaSalle
Jennifer A. Kenedy; Managing Partner Chicago Office, Locke Lord LLP
Steve Kersten; Owner & President, WaterSaver Faucet
Brad Keywell; Co-Founder & CEO, Uptake Technologies
Lester B. Knight III; Founding Partner & Co-Chairman, RoundTable Healthcare Partners
Steve Koch; Former Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago
James P. Kolar; Central Market Managing Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC)
Elena Kraus; SVP & General Counsel, Walgreen Co.
Mitchell J. Krebs; President & CEO, Coeur Mining, Inc.
Paul V. La Schiazza; President, AT&T Illinois
Logan Lahive; Managing Director, Techstars
Paul Lambert; Chicago Market President, Bank of America
Amanda Lannert; CEO, Jellyvision
Nathan Laurell; Founder, New Frontier Holdings
Jim Lecinski; Vice President, US Sales & Service, Google
Stephen Lee; Managing Counsel, US Downstream, BP America Inc.
Bruce Leech; Executive Director, Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, DePaul University
Eric Lefkofsky; CEO & Co-Founder, Tempus; CEO & Co-Founder, Lightbank; Chairman & Co-Founder, Groupon; Co-Founder, Uptake
Nila R. Leiserowitz; Regional Managing Principal, Gensler
Michael Levin; Partner, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners
Jeffrey Levine; Senior Managing Director & General Counsel, Mesirow Financial
Michael W. Lewis; Former Regional President, BMO Harris N.A.
Michael Liang; Partner, Baird Venture Partners
Tod Lickerman; Chief Executive of the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield
Peter Lieb; Executive V.P. & General Counsel, Aon Corporation
Robert A. Livingston; President & CEO, Dover Corporation
Josh Lowitz; Partner, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners
Donald G. Lubin; Senior Counsel, Dentons
Juan Ricardo Luciano; Chairman, President & CEO, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Eric Lunt; Co-Founder & CTO, Signal
John W. Madigan; Former Chairman & CEO, Tribune Company
Barry Malkin; CEO, GEM Realty
Matt Maloney; Co-Founder & CEO, GrubHub
Joe Mansueto; Executive Chairman, Morningstar
Craig Martin; Chair, Litigation Department, Jenner & Block LLP
R. Eden Martin; Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP
Seth Martin; President, Pritzker Realty Group
Talia Mashiach; Founder, CEO, & Product Architect, Eved
Charles Matthews; President & CEO, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
Stacy Trackey Meagher; Regional Vice President Corporate Accounts, Microsoft
George McCaskey; Chairman, Chicago Bears
Thomas McElroy; Principal, Level-1 Global Solutions LLC
Lester McKeever; Managing Principal, Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC
Andrew J. McKenna; Chairman, Schwarz Supply Source; Former Chairman, McDonald’s Corporation
Deryl McKissack; President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack
Richard Melman; Founder & Chairman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Christopher C. Melvin Jr.; Managing Partner, Melvin & Company LLC.
Samuel M. Mencoff; Co-CEO, Madison Dearborn Partners
Jamie Miller; SVP, GE; President & CEO, GE Transportation
Gabriel Mitchell; President & CEO, Angel Flight Marketing Services
Timothy Mohan; Chief Executive Partner, Chapman & Cutler LLP
Matt Moog; CEO, PowerReviews
Rumi Morales; Founder, Rumi Ventures
Juan Moreno; Founder & President, JGMA
Michael Morkin; Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Michael H. Moskow; Vice Chair & Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former CEO & President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Dennis Muilenburg; Chairman, CEO, & President, The Boeing Company
Kieran Murphy; President & CEO, GE Healthcare
Scott Murray; CTO, Northern Trust
Langdon Neal; Principal & Owner, Neal & Leroy, LLC
David W. Nelms; Chairman & CEO, Discover
Martin Nesbitt; Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The Vistria Group
Phil Nevels; Director, Utility of the Future, ComEd; Former Executive Director ChicagoNEXT
Pin Ni; President, Wanxiang America Corporation
Douglas Oberhelman; Former Chairman & CEO, Caterpillar
William A. Osborn; Former Chairman & CEO, Northern Trust Corporation
Henry M. Paulson, Jr.; Chairman, The Paulson Institute; Former U.S. Treasury Secretary; Former CEO, Goldman Sachs
Andres Mendoza Pena; Partner, A.T. Kearney
Sheila Penrose; Chairman, JLL
Andrew Perlman; Founder & CEO, GreatPoint Energy
Stefano Pessina; Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Terry Peterson; Vice President, Corporate & External Affairs, Rush University Medical Center
Eero Pikat; President & CTO, Barchart
Michael Polsky; Founder, President & CEO, Invenergy LLC
Jay Porter; President, Edelman Chicago
Claude Powers; CEO, Powers and Sons Construction
Jose Luis Prado; Chairman & CEO, Evans Food Group; Former President Quaker Oats North America, Prado Strategic Consulting
Anne Pramaggiore; President & CEO, ComEd
Adam Pressman; Partner, A.T. Kearney
Daphne Preuss; CEO, Chromatin
Richard Price; Chairman & CEO, Mesirow Financial
Quintin Primo III; Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Capri Investment Group, LLC
Tom Pritzker; Chairman & CEO of TPO; Executive Chairman, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Frank Ptak; Chairman & CEO, Marmon Holdings, Inc.
Stephen Pugh; President, Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
Stephen Quazzo; CEO, Pearlmark Real Estate
Rahier Rahman; CEO, Turn
Alison Ranney; Managing Director, Koya Partners
Harper Reed; Senior Director, Software Development, PayPal
Eric Reeves; General Counsel & Managing Director, Duchossois Capital Management
Paul C. Reilly; Division Executive, U.S. Trust
Michael Reinsdorf; President & COO, Chicago Bulls
Jerry Reinsdorf; Chairman, Chicago White Sox
Rena Reiss; EVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Matt Revord; SVP, Chief Legal Officer, GC & Secretary, Potbelly Corporation
Linda Johnson Rice; Chairman & CEO, Johnson Publishing Inc.; President, Chicago Public Library
Thomas E. Richards; Chairman & CEO, CDW LLC
Andy Richardson; CEO, Greeley and Hansen
Mary Richardson-Lowry; Principal & Managing Member, Ililewa; Former President, Chicago Board of Education
Larry Richman; President & CEO, CIBC Bank USA
Thomas Ricketts; Chairman & Owner, Chicago Cubs; CEO, Incapital LLC
Norbert Riedel; President & CEO, Aptinyx
Dee Robinson; Founder & President, Robinson Hill, Inc.
Robbie Robinson; Advisor to President Barack Obama; Managing Director, BDT Capital
Jim Robinson; President, Americas Operations, Astellas Pharma
Dino Robusto; Chairman & CEO, CNA Financial
Benedict Rocchio; Partner, Baird Capital
Nelson Rodriguez; General Manager, Chicago Fire
John Rogers Jr.; Chairman, CEO & CIO, Ariel Investments
Trish Rooney; Founder & CEO, R4 Services, LLC
Nick Rosa; Co-Founder & CEO, Sandbox Industries
Scott Rose; Business & Financial Services Co-C hair, Hyde Park Angels
Loretta Rosenmayer; Founder & Chairwoman, INTREN
Kristi Ross; Co-CEO & President, tastytrade
Kristen Rossi; Head of Midwest Investment Banking and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
John W. Rowe; Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation
Jesse Ruiz; Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath; President, Chicago Park District
Patrick G. Ryan; Founder, Chairman & CEO, Ryan Specialty Group
Pat Ryan Jr.; CEO, INCISENT Labs
Ron Safer; Founding Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila
Neal Sales-Griffin; CEO, CodeNow
John F. Sandner; Retired Chairman, CME Group
Diana Sands; Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company
E. Scott Santi; Chairman & CEO, ITW; Vice Chairman, Commercial Club of Chicago
Pietro Satriano; President & CEO, US Foods
Muneer A. Satter; Founder & Chairman, Satter Investment Management, LLC
Dhruv Saxena; Co-Founder & CEO, ShipBob
Jennifer F. Scanlon; President & CEO, USG Corp
Brian Schafer; Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
David Schonthal; Portfolio Director, Business Design, IDEO
Charles Schrock; Chairman, President & CEO, Integrys Energy Group, Inc.
Joe Scoby; Head of Quantitative Investments, Magnetar
Sam Scott; Former Chairman, President & CEO, Corn Products International, Inc.; Chairman, Black Chicago Tomorrow
Gordon I. Segal; Founder, Crate & Barrel
Rishi Shah; Co-Founder & CEO, Outcome Health
Smita Shah; CEO, Spaantech
Matt Shattock; Chairman & CEO, Beam Suntory
Jai Shekhawat; Founder & Former CEO, SAP Fieldglass
Andrew Sieja; Founder & CEO, Relativity
Jeff Silver; CEO, Coyote Logistics
Kimberly Simios; Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Virginia Simmons; Senior Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Alpana Singh; Owner, Seven Lions, The Boarding House
Bob Six; President, Zeller Management Corp; COO, Zealty
Amy Skaggs; Associate Regional Counsel, Gensler
James Skogsbergh; President & CEO, Advocate Health Care
Martin P. Slark; Vice Chairman & CEO, Molex Incorporated
Michael Small; President & CEO, Gogo
Corey Smith; President, New Horizon Steel, LLC
Eric Smith; Market President, Fifth Third Bank
Charles Smith; Founder & CEO, CS Insurance Agency
Gil Soffer; Managing Partner, Chicago Office, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Vik Sohoni; Senior McKinsey & Company
Melody Spann-Cooper; Chairman, Midway Broadcasting &, President, WVON Radio
J. Douglas Sparkman; COO Fuels, North America, BP Products North America, Inc.
Marc Sperber; Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
David Spielfogel; Co-Founder & Managing Partner; Ekistic Ventures
James Sprayregen; Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Harrison I. Steans; Chairman of the Executive Committee, Financial Investments Corporation
Jonathan Stein; Partner, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP
Paula Steiner; President & CEO, Health Care Service Corp
Betty Steinert; Board of Directors, Intersect Illinois
Tim Stojka; CEO, Agentis Energy
Hugh Sullivan; Board Member & CSO, Luum; Chairman, mHub
Robert Sullivan; Regional President, Fifth Third Bank
Nancy Sullivan; CEO & Senior Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES
Scott Swanson; President, PNC Bank
Andrew Swinand; CEO, Leo Burnett
Tina Tabacchi; Partner-in-Charge, Chicago, Jones Day
Desiree Tate; President, Desiree Tate & Associates
Roger Tedrick; President & CEO, Tedrick Group
Paul W. Theiss; Chairman, Mayer Brown LLP
Mark A. Thierer; CEO, OptumRX
Richard L. Thomas; Former President, CEO, & Chairman, First Chicago NBD Corporation
Donald Thompson; Founder & CEO, Cleveland Ave, LLC; Former President & CEO, McDonalds
Nishu Thukral; CEO & President, Pangea Money Transfer
Ed Tilly; Chairman & CEO, CBOE
Michael Tower, Senior Partner, A.T. Kearney
Kimberly Trautmann; Director, Venture Capital Investments, DRW
Glen Tullman; Chairman & CEO, Livongo Health
Guy Turner; Managing Director, Hyde Park Venture Partners
Grant Uhlir; Managing Director, Principal, Gensler
Kenneth Ulrich; Principal, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Jim Umpleby: CEO, Caterpillar, Inc.
Alex Vetter; President & CEO,
David Vitale; Chairman, Urban Partnership Bank
Thuy Vo; Chief Counsel M&A, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Rick Waddell; Chairman & CEO, Northern Trust; Chairman, Commercial Club of Chicago
Dan Wagner; Founder & CEO, Civis Analytics
Timothy Walbert; Chairman, President, & CEO, Horizon Pharma Holdings USA, Inc.
Leon Walker; Managing Partner, DL3 Realty
Monica Walker; CEO & CIO, Holland Capital Management
Alex Washington; Managing Director, Wind Point Partners
Kenneth Webb; Founder, President & CEO, Fact Finders Group Inc.
David B. Weinberg; Chairman & CEO, Judd Enterprises, Inc.
David Weinstein; Founder & Managing Partner, Freshwater Advisors
Benjamin Weprin; CEO, AJ Capital Partners
Dr. Cheryl R. Whitaker; Chairwoman & CEO, NextLevel Health Partners
Peter Wilkins; Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
Kevin Willer; Partner, Chicago Ventures
Keith E. Williams; President & CEO, UL LLC
Melvin D. Williams; President, Nicor Gas
Mary Wilson; Managing Partner, Chicago Office, Dentons
Thomas J. Wilson; Chairman & CEO, The Allstate Corporation
Don Wilson; Founder & CEO, DRW
W. Rockwell Wirtz; President, Wirtz Corporation; Chairman, Chicago Blackhawks
Robert A. Wislow; Chairman, CBRE
Patricia Woertz; Former President & CEO, Archer Daniels Midland
Jim Wong; CEO, Brilliant
Jessica Yagan; CEO, Impact Engine
Sam Yagan; CEO, ShopRunner
Jeff Yordon; Chairman & CEO, Sagent Pharmaceuticals
Nikki Zollar; President, Safespeed LLC

Diana Rauner; First Lady, State of Illinois; President, The Ounce of Prevention Fund
Michael Amiridis; Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Brenna Argall; Director, argallab, Northwestern University
David Baker; Executive Director, America’s Urban Campus
Forrest Claypool; CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Teresa Cordova; Director & Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, Great Cities Institute
Alan Cramb; President, Illinois Institute of Technology
Linda Darragh; Larry Levy Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Northwestern University
A. Gabriel Esteban; President, DePaul University
John Flavin; Associate Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Chicago
Laura Frerichs; Director of Economic Development & Research Park, University of Illinois
Austan Goolsbee; Professor, University of Chicago; Former Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisors
Robert Jones: Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Melissa Crounse Kaufman; Executive Director, The Garage, Northwestern University
Timothy L. Killeen; President, University of Illinois System
Kwang-Wu Kim; President & CEO, Columbia College
Bruce Leech; Executive Director, Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, DePaul University
Ali Malekzadeh; President, Roosevelt University
David Miller; Dean, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University
Peter Pfanner; Executive Director, UIC Innovation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jo-Ann Rooney; President, Loyola University of Chicago
Juan Salgado; Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
Morton O. Schapiro; President, Northwestern University
Matthew Tirrell; Pritzker Director, Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Catherine Vorwald; Executive Director, University Technology Park & Associate Vice President, Illinois Institute of Technology
Dr. Eric E. Whitaker; Former Executive Vice President, University of Chicago Medical Center
Robert Zimmer; President, University of Chicago

Brian Bannon; Commissioner & CEO, Chicago Public Library
Kevin J. Bell; President and CEO, Lincoln Park Zoo
Greg Cameron; Executive Director, Joffrey Ballet
Bridget Coughlin; President & CEO, Shedd Aquarium
Nora Daley; Founding Officer, Steppenwolf Theater
Gerard Donnelly; President & CEO, Morton Arboretum
Jean M. Franczyk; President & CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden
Anthony Freud; General Director, President, & CEO, Lyric Opera
Madeleine Grynsztejn; Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art
Perri Irmer; CEO, DuSable Museum
Mark Kelly; Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Richard Lariviere; President & CEO, The Field Museum
Michelle B. Larson; President & CEO, Adler Planetarium
Josephine Lee; President & Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Choir
Robert M. Levy; Chairman, Art Institute of Chicago
Shirley R. Madigan; Chair, Illinois Arts Council
David Mosena; President & CEO, Museum of Science & Industry
Alex Pissios; President, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios
James Rondeau; President and Eloise W. Martin Director, Art Institute of Chicago
Stuart D. Strahl; President & CEO, Brookfield Zoo
Jackie Taylor; Founder, CEO, Black Ensemble Theater
Regina Taylor; Actress & Artistic Associate, Goodman Theater
Carlos Tortolero; Founder, President & CEO, National Museum of Mexican Art
Sona Wang; Managing Director, Chicago Blues Experience
Walt Whitman; President & Director, Soul Children of Chicago

Satish Amruthur; President, Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago
Joy Aruguete; CEO, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Torrey Barrett; Founder & Executive Director, K.L.E.O. Community Life Center
Bishop Ocie Booker; Tabernacle of God Church of God in Christ
Dr. Byron T. Brazier; Pastor, Apostolic Church of God
Pastor Corey Brooks; New Beginnings Church
Kirstin Chernawsky; Executive Director, Erie Neighborhood House
Pastor Carlos Chica; Shekina a las Naciones
Craig Chico; Executive Director, The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
Jahmal Cole; Founder, My Block My Hood My City
Malcolm Crawford; Executive Director, Austin African American Business Networking Association
Cardinal Blase Cupich; Archdiocese of Chicago
Pastor Wilfredo Dejesus; New Life Covenant Church
Jaime di Paulo Zozaya; Executive Director, Little Village Chamber of Commerce
Bishop Sally Dyck; Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church
Dr. Michael Eaddy; Pastor, People’s Church of the Harvest
Alex Esparanza; Executive Director, 18th Street Development Corporation
Nedra Sims Fears; Executive Director, Greater Chatham Initiative
Leon Finney Jr; President, Woodlawn Community Development Corp
Sol Flores; Founder & Executive Director, La Casa Norte
Mario Garcia; Executive Director, Onward Neighborhood House
Pastor Wayne Gordon; Lawndale Community Church
Brandon Green; Pastoral Director, River City Community Development Center
Pastor Darrel Griffin; Oakdale Covenant Church
Pastor Marshal Hatch; New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church of West Garfield
Bishop William Hudson; The Power House
Pastor Bill Hybels; Willow Creek Community Church
Pastor Charles Jenkins; Fellowship Chicago
Melinda Kelly, Executive Director, Chatham Business Association
Pastor Shannon Kershner; Fourth Presbyterian Church
Abraham Lacy; Executive Director, Far South CDC
Juan Carlos Linares; Executive Director, LUCHA
Rabbi Steven Lowenstein; Am Shalom Temple
Jose Lopez; Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
B. Herbert Martin; Senior Pastor, Progressive Community Church
Rhonda McFarland; Executive Director, Quad Communities Development Corporation
Reverend James Meeks; Salem Baptist Church
Johnny L. Miller; Pastor, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, JLM Life Center
Dr. Otis Moss; Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ
Leonard Muhammad; Principal, The Shephard’s Group
Rami Nashashibi; Executive Director, Inner-City Muslim Action Network
Cliff Nellis; Executive Director, Lawndale Christian Legal Center
Pastor Robert Patterson; Spirit of Truth Baptist Church
Jorge Perez; Executive Director, HACIA
Father Michael Pfleger; St. Sabina Church
Pastor Lou Ramos; Storehouse Church
Raul Raymundo; CEO, The Resurrection Project
Claude Robinson; Executive Vice President, UCAN
Rabbi Michael Siegel; Anshe Emet Synagogue
Bishop Horace E. Smith; Apostolic Faith Church
Juan Soto; Executive Director, Pilsen Neighbors Community Council
Ted Stalnos; President, Calumet Area Industrial Commission
Pastor Jarett Stevens; Soul City Church
Pastor Al Toledo; Chicago Tabernacle
Pastor Albert Tyson; Presiding Elder, North District, Chicago Annual Conference
Bishop John White; AME Church
Apostle Dr. Carl L White; Southland Ministerial Health Network, Victory Christian International
Pastor John Zayas; Grace and Peace Ministries

Amy Rule; First Lady, City of Chicago
Sandra Abrevaya; President & Chief Impact Officer, Thrive Chicago
Ellen Alberding; President, Joyce Foundation
Leroy R. Allala; Executive Director, Chicago Sister Cities International
Haven Allen; Co-Founder & Executive Director, mHub
Kara Bachman; Executive Director, Chicago Sports Commission
Greg Baise; President & CEO, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
MarySue Barrett; President, Metropolitan Planning Council
Andres Beltran; Economic Development Coordinator, Kendall County
Jim Bennett; Chief Development Officer, Lambda Legal
David Bennett; Executive Director, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Kate Bensen; President & CEO, The Chicago Network
Brenna Berman; Executive Director, City Digital, UI LABS
Erik Birkerts; CEO, Clean Energy Trust
Leslie Bluhm; Founder, Chicago Cares
Kam Buckner; Executive Director, World Sports Chicago
Emile Cambry Jr; Founder & CEO, Blue 1647
John Carpenter; President & CEO, Choose DuPage
Gloria Castillo; President & CEO, Chicago United
Robbin Cohen; Executive Director, Obama Foundation
Caralynn Nowinski Collens; CEO, UI LABS
Steven Collens; CEO, MATTER
James Compton; Former CEO, Chicago Urban League
John Conrad; Interim President & CEO, Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization & iBIO Institute
Kevin Considine; President & CEO, Lake County Partners
Michael Cornicelli; Executive Vice President, BOMA Chicago
Benjamin Cox; President & CEO, Friends of the Forest Preserves
Pam Cumpata; President, McHenry County EDC
Ivo H. Daalder; President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Gillian Darlow; CEO, Polk Bros Foundation
Steve DeBretto; Executive Director, Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
Evelyn Diaz; President, Heartland Alliance
Victor Dickson; President & CEO, Safer Foundation
Emilia DiMenco; President & CEO, Women’s Business Development Center
Wendy DuBoe; President & CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Omar Duque; President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Ana Dutra; President & CEO, Executives’ Club of Chicago
Robert Escalante; Chief Operating Officer, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Ricardo Estrada; CEO, Metropolitan Family Services
Brian Fabes; CEO, Civic Consulting Alliance
Scott Fetters; Director, 2112
Steve Frenkel; Executive Director, Current
Sherrell Fuller; Director of Client Development, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
Theaster Gates Jr.; Founder & Executive Director, Rebuild Foundation
Helene Gayle; Incoming CEO, Chicago Community Trust
Jane Grover; Outreach Principal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
John Grueling; President & CEO, Will County Center for Economic Development
Mark Harris; President & CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition
Meghan Harte; Executive Director, Chicago Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Lori Healey; CEO, Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
Jason Henrichs; Co-Founder, FinTex Chicago
Adolfo Hernandez; Director, Community Health Initiative, Pritzker Foundation
David Hiller; President & CEO, McCormick Foundation
Fred Hoch; Executive Chairman, Illinois Technology Association
Calvin Holmes; CEO, Chicago Community Loan Fund
Grace Hou; President, Woods Foundation Chicago
Tom Hulseman; Managing Director, Metro Chicago Exports
Kim L. Hunt; Executive Director, Pride Action Tank
Israel Idonije; Founder, Israel Idonije Foundation
Larry Ivory; Founder, President & CEO, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
Michael Jasso; Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Brian C. Johnson; CEO, Equality Illinois
Julia Kanouse; CEO, Illinois Technology Association
Rob Karr; President & CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants Association
Michael Kelly; CEO & Superintendent, Chicago Park District
Maria Kim; President & CEO, The Cara Program
Thomas D. Kuczmarski; Founder & President; Kuczmarski Innovation; Founder, Chicago Innovation
April Lane; Executive Director, Catapult Chicago
Dean Lane; Chair, Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association
Mark Lauer; Chair, Choose Chicago GM Advisory Committee
Phyllis Lockett; CEO, LEAP Innovations
Janice Lopez; Managing Director, Entrepreneurial Services; Director, Women’s Business Development Center
Ann Lurie; President, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Foundation
Marie Trzupek Lynch; President & CEO, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
Todd Maisch; President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Malkin; CEO, Chicago Ideas Week
Galen Mason; Co-Founder, Catapult
Terry Mazany; President & CEO, Chicago Community Trust
Dorri McWhorter; CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Cindy Moelis; President, Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Sheila Morgan; President & CEO, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
Randal Muhammad; Vice President of Finance & Administration, American Islamic College
David E. Munar; President & CEO, Howard Brown Health
Kamau Murray; President & CEO, XS Tennis
Jenne Myers; CEO, ChicagoCares
Steven B. Nasatir; President, Jewish United Fund
Karin Norington-Reaves; CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Katya Nuques; Executive Director, Enlace
Maura O’Hara; Executive Director, Illinois Venture Capital Association
Cristina Pacione-Zayas; Director of Policy, Erickson Institute
Brenda Langstraat Palm, CEO, Working In the Schools (WITS)
Dr. Hal M. Lewis; President and CEO, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Angelique Power; President, Field Foundation
Jorge Ramirez; President, Chicago Federation of Labor
Arnold Randall; Superintendent, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Michael Reever; Acting President & CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Ahmed Rehab; Executive Director, CAIR Chicago
Karen Riley; Executive Director, Business Leadership Council
Desiree Rogers; Chair, Choose Chicago, Former CEO, Johnson Publishing Company
Celena Roldan; CEO, American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois
Robert Rose; Executive Director, Cook County Land Bank Authority
Shari Runner; President & CEO, Chicago Urban League
Imani Rupert-Gordon; Executive Director, Affinity Community Services
Andrea Saenz; Chairwoman, Board of Directors, Instituto del Progreso
Jim Schultz; Former Chairman & CEO, Intersect Illinois
Irene Sherr; Assistant Deputy Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
David Simas; CEO, Obama Foundation
Julia Stasch; President, MacArthur Foundation
Michael Strautmanis; VP of Civic Engagement, Obama Foundation
K. Sujata; President & CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW)
Kathryn Sullivan; Chair, The Chicago Network
Joe Szabo; Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Luke Tanen; Executive Director, Chicago Innovation
Mark Tebbe; Chairman, ChicagoNEXT; Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago
Glenn F. Tilton; Chairman, Chicago Council of Global Affairs
Sam Toia; President, Illinois Restaurant Association
William Towns; Executive Director, Benefit Chicago
Howard Tullman; CEO, 1871
Mark VanKerkhoff; Director, Kane County Development & Community Services Department
Kelly R. Welsh; President, Commercial Club of Chicago
David Whitaker; President & CEO, Choose Chicago
Sodiqa Williams; Associate Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Safer Foundation
Esther Wong; Executive Director; Chinese-American Service League
Maria Wynne; CEO, Leadership Greater Chicago
Donna Zarcone; President & CEO, Economic Club of Chicago