Theresa Mintle resigns from Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce – Government News

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29 June 2017 | 7:42 pm

Theresa Mintle is out as president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

She resigned, according to Chamber Chairman Stephen Ferrara, who said Mintle told him and other directors that she “felt she accomplished her major goals and wanted to leave the chamber to fresh leadership in a position of strength.”

Mintle, 52, is the former chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She joined the chamber in 2013.

Ferrara’s note, which was sent in an email to directors by a chamber staffer, said the board’s executive committee asked Michael Reever, vice president for government relations, to oversee operations until a new CEO is named.

A cousin of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, Mintle joined the CTA’s government relations unit in 2003 and rose quickly, becoming chief of staff to the transit agency’s chair, Carole Brown in 2007. She joined the Emanuel administration the year it took office, in 2011.

In an interview, she said she “looked back on four very busy, very successful years and felt I really did accomplish a lot” and that this was a natural time to move on.

Reever, a former assistant legal counsel to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, did not immediately return calls.

Mintle was a controversial pick in 2013. Although the chamber conducted a nationwide search and vetted 100-plus contenders, it turned to a political insider who lacked CEO experience.

She was in a stressful situation, representing a business community that often clashed with her former City Hall employer on taxes, minimum wage and healthcare policy. The Emanuel administration also has weighed reviving a “head tax” on corporate employees—a business community bugaboo.

David Schwartz, a chamber spokesman, said Mintle gave notice this week. “We’ve had an incredibly busy last few months,” he said. “She just felt the timing was right, especially since our summer months at the chamber are a little less intense.

“The board did not ask for her resignation.”

Mintle succeeded Jerry Roper, who headed the chamber for two decades. He died two years ago this week.

She appeared last night on a MacArthur Foundation-sponsored panel, “Building Chicago’s Inclusive Economy,” at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

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