Chicago Muckety: 100 most networked people

By Carol Eisenberg

May 22, 2008 at 8:26am

Chicago Muckety

Indicates people who have been chosen to be part of the Obama administration or transition team.
Richard M. Daley Chicago mayor since 1989; built Millenium Park; son of the late Richard J. Daley
Barack Obama U.S. senator from Illinois since 2005; contender for 2008 Democratic nomination for president
  >> Obama elected President of the United States
John W. Rogers Jr. founder, Ariel Capital Management; civic and business leader
Lester Crown oversees family fortune estimated at $4.5B; civic leader and philanthropist
Rahm I. Emanuel U.S. Rep. from Illinois since 2003; chairman of House Democratic caucus
  >> Emanuel selected as White House chief of staff
John A. Canning Jr. chairman of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; CEO, Madison Dearborn Partners
Valerie B. Jarrett chairman/CEO, Habitat Company; vice chair, 2016 Chicago Olympics Committee
  >> Jarrett selected as senior White House adviser
  >> Jarrett selected co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team
Linda Johnson Rice president/CEO, Johnson Publishing Company; civic and business leader
David Axelrod chief political strategist, Obama presidential campaign; partner, AKP&D Message and Media
  >> Axelrod selected as senior White House adviser
Thomas J. Pritzker chairman/CEO, Global Hyatt Corporation and of Pritzker Organization; chairman, Art Institute of Chicago
Frank M. Clark Jr. chairman/CEO, Commonwealth Edison Company; civic and business leader
Patrick G. Ryan founder/chairman, Aon Corporation; chairman, 2016 Chicago Olympics Committee
William M. Daley midwest region chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; former U.S. Commerce secretary;
  >> Daley selected advisory board member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team
William A. Osborn chairman, Northern Trust Corporation; chairman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
R. Eden Martin counsel, Sidley Austin LLP; civic and business leader
James S. Crown president, Henry Crown and Company; chairman, University of Chicago
Donald G. Lubin partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP; civic and business leader
Penny S. Pritzker president/CEO Pritzker Realty Group; finance chair, Obama presidential campaign
  >> Pritzker says no thanks to Commerce post
Andrew J. McKenna Sr. chairman, McDonald’s Corporation; civic and business leader
Michelle Obama VP (on leave), University of Chicago Hospitals; civic leader
Oprah Winfrey host, Oprah Winfrey Show; owner, Harpo Productions Inc.; philanthropist
Ronald D. Wray managing director, Glencoe Capital, VP of several Pritzker philanthropies
James C. Tyree chairman/CEO, Mesirow Financial Holdings; civic leader
George A. Ranney Jr. chairman/CEO, Prairie Holdings; senior counsel, Mayer Brown; civic leader
Mellody L. Hobson president, Ariel Capital Management; ABC News contributor; civic and business leader
Martin Nesbitt VP, Pritzker Realty Group; chairman, Chicago Housing Authority
Jesse L. Jackson Jr. U.S. Rep. from Illinois since 1995; national co-chairman, Obama presidential campaign
James Reynolds Jr. chairman/CEO, Loop Capital; civic leader
Francis E. George cardinal, archdiocese of Chicago; president,, U.S. Catholic Bishops
John W. Madigan co-founder/vice-chair, Corporate Leadership Center; civic leader
Dennis J. FitzSimons director, McCormick Foundation; director, Chicago Cubs
Gery J. Chico commissioner, Public Building Commission of Chicago; civic leader;
Edgar D. Jannotta chairman, William Blair & Company; chairman, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Frank Kruesi federal lobbyist for city of Chicago; former president, Chicago Transit Authority
Thomas A. Cole chairman, Sidley Austin LLP; trustee, University of Chicago
J. Christopher Reyes co-chairman, Reyes Holdings; civic and business leader
Jesse L. Jackson Sr. founder/president, RainbowPUSH Coalition; two-time Democratic candidate for president
Gigi Pritzker Pucker co-founder, Odd Lot Entertainment; chair, Chicago Children’s Museum
Sue L. Gin chair/CEO, Flying Food Group; civic and business leader
Miles D. White chairman/CEO, Abbott Laboratories; vice chair, Chicago 2016 Olympics Committee
John W. Rowe chairman,CEO, Exelon Corporation; chairman, Illinois Institute of Technology
David L. Grange president/CEO, McCormick Foundation; retired U.S. Army Brigadier General
Desiree G. Rogers president, People Gas and North Shore Gas; vice chair, Lincoln Park Zoo
  >> selected special assistant to the President and White House social secretary
Robert D. Blackwell Sr. chairman/CEO, Blackwell Consulting Services; civic leader
Richard Durbin U.S. Sen. From Illinois since 1997;
David B. Speer chairman/CEO, Illinois Tool Works; business and civic leader
Grace Barry vice-chairman, Joffrey Ballet
Alexi Giannoulias Illinois state treasurer
J.B. Pritzker managing partner, Pritzker Group; founder, New World Ventures
William J. McCarter trustee emeritus, WTTW
Gregory C. Case president/CEO, Aon Corporation; civic leader
Susan Crown VP, Henry Crown and Company; civic and business leader
James A. Bell EVP & CFO, Boeing Company; civic leader
Rufus Williams president, Chicago Board of Education; president/CEO Olympus LLC
James J. O’Connor life trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Science and Technology
Deborah L. DeHaas midwest managing partner, Deloitte & Touche USA; civic leader
Emil Jones Jr. president, Illinois Senate;state senator since 1983
W. James Farrell retired chairman, Illinois Tool Works; business and civic leader
Scott C. Smith president, Tribune Publishing; civic leader
Terrence A. Duffy chairman, CME Group
Craig J. Duchossois CEO, Duchossois Industries; chairman, Chamberlain Group
David J. Vitale chief administrative officer, Chicago Public Schools; trustee, Museum of Science and Industry
Robert S. Morrison chairman/CEO Kraft Foods; trustee, Museum of Science and Industry
Robert L. Parkinson Jr. chairman/CEO/president, Baxter International; director, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
John W. McCarter Jr. president/CEO, Field Museum; trustee, University of Chicago
Kenneth C. Griffin president/CEO, Citadel Investment Group; trustee, Art Institute of Chicago
Charles K. Bobrinskoy vice chairman, Ariel Capital Management; civic leader
James C. Dowdle president, Mundelein Seminary; civic leader
M. Jude Reyes co-chairman, Reyes Holdings; civic leader
Adele S. Simmons president, Global Philanthropy Partnership; civic and business leader
Nora Daley Conroy director of outreach, Chicago Metropolis 2020; daughter, Richard M. Daley
Brenda J. Gaines director, Economic Club of Chicago; former CEO/president, Diners Club America
Sam Zell chairman/CEO, Tribune Company
Leo F. Mullin senior adviser, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners; trustee, Field Museum
Michelle L. Collins co-founder, Svoboda Capital Partners; director, Chicago Urban League
James T. Meeks Illinois state senator; pastor, Salem Baptist Church
Lester B. Knight director, RoundTable Healthcare Partners; trustee, Northwestern University
Lori T. Healey chief of staff, Mayor Richard M. Daley
Quintin E. Primo III co-founder, Capri Capital Partners
John H. Bryan former chairman/CEO, Sara Lee Corporation; Millenium Park chairman
Timothy R. Schwertfeger    chairman/CEO, Nuveen Investments; Field Museum trustee
Newton N. Minow senior counsel, Sidley Austin; life trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Arne S. Duncan superintendent, Chicago Public Schools
  >> Duncan selected as Education Secretary
Lawrence F. Levy chairman, Levy Restaurants; trustee, Northwestern University
Rod R. Blagojevich Ilinois governor since 2003
Larry J. Goodman president/CEO, Rush University Medical Center
Neil G. Bluhm owner, JMB Realty Corporation; trustee, Art Institute of Chicago
Matthew Yale VP, Ariel Capital Management
Richard J. Franke chairman/CEO emeritus, Nuveen Investments; life trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jerry M. Reinsdorf chairman, Chicago Bulls; chairman, Chicago White Sox;
Louis B. Susman vice chairman, Citigroup Global Markets; trustee, Art Institute of Chicago
Paula Wolff senior executive, Chicago Metropolis 2020; trustee, University of Chicago
James L. Alexander trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; trustee, Field Museum
Carrie J. Hightman director, Chicago Bar Foundation; trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Charles A. Lewis president, Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation; life trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Andrew J. McKenna Jr. chairman, Illinois Republican Party; civic leader
Shirley Welsh Ryan vice chair, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; civic leader
W. James McNerney Jr. chairman/CEO/president, Boeing Corporation
Norman R. Bobins former chairman, LaSalle Bank Corporation; civic leader
Paul J. Finnegan co-president, Madison Dearborn Partners; chairman, Teach for America in Chicago
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  • #1.   Davey 05.22.2008

    What, no Lois Weisenberg?

  • #2.   Carol Eisenberg 05.22.2008

    Do you mean Louis Weisberg? we have only one connection for her in our database — on the board of After School Matters. What connections do you know of?

  • #3.   Ann 05.23.2008

    I had exactly the same thought as Davey! I saw the list and immediately did a “find” for “Lois Weisberg.” Go read Malcolm Gladwell’s classic article
    Or even just google her.

  • #4.   Carol Eisenberg 05.23.2008

    Thanks Ann. Gladwell’s piece on her is wonderful. We compiled our list by looking at executive leadership and board memberships, rather than by taking a survey of Chicagoans, and obviously, her network is made up of many informal relationships that wouldn’t show up in board lists. But I’ve added some of her connections to our database.

  • #5.   Robert Blackwell Jr. 05.23.2008

    Your information on Robert Blackwell Sr. is incorrect in two areas.
    1. Robert Blackwell Jr. not Sr. is a Director of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

    2. Robert Blackwell Jr. not Sr. is a member of the Obama Finance Team

  • #6.   Carol Eisenberg 05.23.2008

    Thanks for bringing that to our attention. We are correcting it.

  • #7.   MK McLean 08.18.2008

    What about Ralph G. Moore, President of RGMA, Inc. He is only the head of THE largest and most influential Management Consulting Firms in Chicago if not the nation specializing in Supplier Diversity. There is just about NO ONE on your list who doesn’t know and interact in big ways behind the scenes with Ralph Moore. He is A Trustee of the City Colleges of Chicago, Major League Baseball, also on the Board of The University of Chicago Hospitals (who hired Michelle Obama). Check your facts Muckety…He’s a Muckety Muck! very connected indeed and may very well go to Washington with the President. I believe his daughter Averi Thomas-Moore may be interning in the Senator’s D. C. office next fall.

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