Metropolitan Pier And Exposition Authority

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Larita Clark

Contact Title

Chief Executive Officer

Contact Phone

312.791.7500

Contact E-Mail

lclark@mpea.com

Function

The purpose of the Authority is to promote, operate, and maintain fairs, expositions, meetings, and conventions in the Chicago metropolitan area and, in connection therewith, to construct, equip and maintain buildings for such purposes. The Authority is also responsible for the recreational, cultural, and commercial development of Navy Pier.

Term

Of the initial members appointed by the Governor, one shall serve for a term expiring June 1, 2013, one shall serve for a term expiring June 1, 2014, one shall serve for a term expiring June 1, 2015, and one shall serve for a term expiring June 1, 2016, as determined by the Governor. Of the initial members appointed by the Mayor, one shall serve for a term expiring June 1, 2013, one shall serve for a term expiring June 1, 2014, one shall serve for a term expiring June 1, 2015, and one shall serve for a term expiring June 1, 2016, as determined by the Mayor. The initial chairperson appointed by the Board shall serve a term for a term expiring June 1, 2015. Additional members of the Board appointed pursuant to PA102-1129 shall serve for a term expiring on June 1, 2026. Successors shall be appointed to 4-year terms.

Senate Confirmation

Yes

Qualifications

At least one member of the Board shall represent the interests of labor and at least one member of the Board shall represent the interests of the convention industry. The members of the board shall be individuals of generally recognized ability and integrity. No member of the Board may be (i) an officer or employee of, or a member of a board, commission or authority of, the State, any unit of local government or any school district or (ii) a person who served on the Board prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly. All members of the Board and employees of the Authority are subject to the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, in accordance with its terms.

Compensation

Members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties.

Composition

The Board shall consist of 11 members. The Governor shall appoint 5 members to the Board, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. The Mayor shall appoint 5 members to the Board. At least 1 member of the Board shall represent the interests of the convention industry. A majority of the members appointed by the Governor and Mayor shall appoint a 11th member to serve as the chairperson.

Chair

Appointed by a majority of the 10 members appointed by the Governor and Mayor.

Authority

70 ILCS 210/14


Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
McGann, Terrance 06/01/2025 06/21/2013 Governor Member DuPage
Wright, Sherman 06/01/2026 04/01/2019 Governor Member Cook
Grondin, Nina 06/01/2027 10/25/2019 Governor Member Cook
Villar, Don 06/01/2024 03/25/2019 Governor Vice Chair, Member Cook
Ramirez, Jorge 06/01/2025 09/06/2017 Mayor of Chicago Secretary/Treasurer, Member Cook
Mills Clement, Michelle 06/01/2026 06/23/2022 Mayor of Chicago Member Cook
Birnecker Hart, Dr. Sonat 06/01/2024 03/15/2019 Mayor of Chicago Member Cook
Morado Jr., Juan 06/01/2024 10/08/2020 Mayor of Chicago Member Cook
Bethke, Jeffrey 02/22/2025 02/23/2021 Board Chair Cook
VACANT 06/01/2026 Governor Member
VACANT 06/01/2026 Mayor of Chicago Member