Quinn makes his 3 picks for McPier board

By Kathy Bergen
Posted June 28, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.

Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday named two attorneys and an organized labor representative to the interim board of the agency that operates McCormick Place and Navy Pier.

The appointees are:

Carmen H. Lonstein, a partner in the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie, chairs the firm’s financial restructuring, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice group in North America. She is on the board of the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.
Ronald E. Powell is international vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, where he has been president of Local 881 since 1983. He also is vice president of the Illinois State AFL-CIO.

Larry R. Rogers, a founding partner of the personal injury law firm Power Rogers & Smith, is past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Cook County Bar Association.

Rogers is the second member of his firm to serve on the board that runs McCormick Place in recent years. Devon Bruce, an associate of the firm, was previously on the board of the  Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority,  known as McPier.

Quinn’s appointees join three made by Mayor Richard Daley on Friday. The interim board, which will choose a seventh member to serve as chairman, is scheduled to serve an 18-month transition period, when a permanent board will be named.

Daley appointed two former aides and Shedd Aquarium’s chairman last Friday. They are:

Attorney Roger J. Kiley Jr. is a former chief of staff to Daley, a former Cook County Circuit Court judge and a onetime McPier lobbyist.

Sarah Nava Garvey, the Shedd’s board chairwoman, is a retired  president of corporate relations for Boeing. She also is on the board at the Civic Federation, a non-profit government watchdog group.

And Julian Green, a former aide to Daley and then-Sen. Barack Obama, is now MillerCoors’ media relations director.

The appointments come after state lawmakers scrapped the old McPier board and instituted reforms designed to keep convention business in Chicago.


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