Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday named an attorney who kept him on the Election Day ballot to a board overseeing port authority issues, one of more than two dozen appointments made ahead of the holiday weekend.
Michael K. Forde, a partner at Mayer Brown, will serve on the Illinois International Port District Board, along with four others. Board members are paid $20,000 a year and the chairman gets $25,000.
Forde served as one of Emanuel’s top attorneys after more than 20 legal challenges were filed claiming Emanuel wasn’t eligible to run for mayor because he abandoned his Chicago residency when he went to work for President Barack Obama. The Illinois Supreme Court eventually sided with Emanuel, who went on to win overwhelmingly.
“His private sector experience navigating complex multi-billion dollar transactions will be greatly needed on the Port Authority Board as it moves forward,” said Chris Mather, an Emanuel spokeswoman.
Emanuel’s office released his appointees list for various boards — including police, parks and landmarks — late Friday before the July 4 weekend. Many of those named were early Emanuel supporters and several have been politically active in Chicago for years.
Demetrius E. Carney, the police board’s current president, was reappointed to the board. Members make $15,000 a year and the president collects $25,000.
Avis LaVelle, a public relations executive and former aide to ex-Mayor Richard Daley, was named to theChicago Park District board.
Named to the Chicago Landmarks Board were former Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan and former 48th Ward Ald. Mary Ann Smith, an early supporter. Emanuel named Sam Toia, an early backer and co-owner of Leona Restaurants, to the Zoning Board of Appeals, while the mayor picked Andrew Madigan, son of Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board.
The City Council needs to approve all of the nominations except the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board and the Illinois Medical District Commission Board.
Here's the full list of Emanuel's latest appointees:
Chicago Police Board
*William Conlon: former federal prosecutor now at Sidley & Austin.
*Demetrius Carney: police board president, partner at Perkins Coie.
*Susan McKeever: attorney, serves on Civic Federation board.
*Elisa Rodriguez: attorney at Carrey Services in Cicero.
*Rev. Johnny L. Miller: pastor of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church.
*Scott Davis: police board vice president, partner at Mayer Brown.
Chicago Park District Board
*Laird Koldyke: co-founder of Winona Capital Management.
*Avis LaVelle: public relations consultant, formerly Mayor Richard Daley's press secretary.
*Juan Salgado: CEO of Instituto del Progresso Latino.
Illinois International Port District Board
*Terrence Fitzmaurice: painters' union business manager.
*Charles R. Bowen: former Daley aide and Cook County commissioner.
*Rev. Daniel Alvarez Sr.: former city human services director.
*Henry Wisniewski: court reporter for state workers' compensation commission.
*Michael K. Forde: Emanuel's residency challenge attorney, partner at Mayer Brown.
Commission on Chicago Landmarks Board
*Rafael Leon: current chairman and affordable housing executive.
*Mary Ann Smith: former 48th Ward alderman.
*Dr. Anita Blanchard: associate professor in obstetrics at University of Chicago Medical Center.
*Jim Houlihan: former Cook County assessor.
*Tony Hu: Chinatown restaurant owner.
*Ernest C. Wong: co-founder of Site Design Group, landscape architecture firm.
Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals
*Michael Ivers: CTA commissioner and former Catholic priest.
*Sam Toia: Illinois Restaurant Association chairman and co-owner of Leona Restaurants.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board
*Andrew Madigan: vice president at Mesirow Financial and son of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
*Susan Campbell: associate vice president at University of Chicago.
Illinois Medical District Commission Board
*Daniel A. Trevino: attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun