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Tyree death put U. of C.’s Medicare funding at risk

The federal government threatened to strip a key financial lifeline at University of Chicago Medical Center in the wake of a medical error that contributed to the death last month of Chicago Sun-Times Chairman James Tyree. Get the full story »

Sun-Times Media CEO Halbreich to be chairman

The investors in Sun-Times Media Holdings have elected Jeremy Halbreich successor to the late James Tyree as chairman.

Tyree remembered for ‘hands-on’ style

Jim Tyree in 2009. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Mesirow Financial colleagues, a U.S. Senator, a governor and neighborhood folks from the South Side were among those who jammed into Old St. Patrick’s Church Monday night to attend a funeral Mass for James Tyree, the financier and Sun-Times owner who died last week at age 53.

The first of three eulogies was given by Richard Price, a longtime Mesirow executive who has replaced Tyree as chairman and chief executive of the Chicago-based financial services firm.

Price, whose voice wavered on at least a couple of occasions, said his business partner had a “desire to be hands-on,” noting that 55 of Mesirow’s 1,200 workers reported directly to him. The two executives were tight, even vacationing together with their families. Get the full story »

Death of Tyree ruled an accident

The death of Sun-Times owner James Tyree has been ruled an accident by the Cook County medical examiner.

An autopsy on Tyree found that he died of an air embolism following a dialysis catheter removal, the office said. It also listed pneumonia and metastatic cancer of the stomach as secondary causes, but ruled his death an accident.

Mesirow names Price chairman and CEO

From Crain’s Chicago Business | Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. has named President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Price, 63, its new chairman and CEO following the death of Jim Tyree, who had held the roles for 17 years. Get the full story>>

Obamas express sadness for loss of Tyree

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are extending condolences to the family of James Tyree, a Chicago businessman with deep roots in Obama’s hometown who died Wednesday.

“Jim was a quintessential Chicagoan, a South Side kid from humble roots who worked his way to the top but never left the city behind,” Obama said in a statement Thursday. Get the full story »

Mesirow CEO James Tyree dies of cancer

Mesirow CEO James Tyree at his office in 2009. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

James Tyree, the Mesirow Financial chief executive who led the group that took control of Sun-Times Media in 2009, died Wednesday, five months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Tyree had stepped up to save the Chicago Sun-Times when it was floundering in bankruptcy court. He led an investor group that bought it for $26 million. Get the full story »

Tyree hospitalized with pneumonia

Mesirow Financial Chief Executive James Tyree, who has been battling cancer, was recently hospitalized with pneumonia.

“They are treating his infection and he’s feeling stronger every day,” Mesirow President Richard Price said in an e-mail to workers Tuesday. “Doctors generally expect some side-effects and complications during an aggressive chemotherapy regimen.”

Tyree, who also heads Sun Times Media, had suffered from diabetes for years and had a transplant operation a few years ago. Get the full story »

Tyree tells Mesirow employees chemo is working

James Tyree, the Mesirow Financial chief executive who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in October four years after undergoing kidney and pancreas transplants, told employees of his Chicago-based financial services firm on Wednesday that thanks to chemotherapy “the cancer has not spread, and it is shrinking.”

Tyree, also chairman and owner of Sun-Times Media, suffered from Type 1 diabetes for 25 years, and in late 2006 had a kidney and pancreas transplant that he said essentially cured the diabetes. He has also had four eye surgeries and a defibrillator implanted in his chest. Get the full story »

Mesirow’s Tyree to begin chemotherapy next week

James Tyree, the Mesirow Financial chief executive who last week disclosed that he has stomach cancer, will begin chemotherapy next week.

“I feel pretty good,” he told the Tribune Wednesday night. “I’m sitting here stronger and greater than ever, and it’s stunning that these things are inside me”

In a note to Mesirow workers on Thursday, Tyree said that, over the past week, he has completed additional tests and consulted with several more doctors. Get the full story »

Sun-Times’ Tyree diagnosed with stomach cancer

James Tyree, the Mesirow Financial chief executive who nearly four years ago had a kidney and pancreas transplant,  has been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Tyree said he doesn’t know the stage of the cancer yet.

“I’ll find that out over the next few days,” he told the Tribune in a phone interview from his office, where he continues to work every day. “They did more tests to find out if it has spread anywhere else,” he said, noting that it’s currently in his stomach and one lymph node. Get the full story »

Sun-Times unions go to court over health benefits

Unions representing former employees of the Sun-Times Media Group Inc. are seeking information from the company in a dispute over termination of health-insurance benefits.

The unions have filed a motion in Delaware bankruptcy court seeking access to documents and other information from the company, which they claim has stopped paying for insurance coverage without court approval. Get the full story »