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Board

Michael Forde | Chairman

Michael K. Forde is a partner at The Forde Law Offices LLP. Mr. Forde was previously a partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP, and was a co-chair of that firm’s Commercial Litigation practice. Mr. Forde holds a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Mr. Forde was appointed to the Board of Directors by Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been a member of the Illinois International Port District since November 2011, and was elected its Chairman in December 2011.

Terrence P. Fitzmaurice | Vice Chairman

Terrence P. Fitzmaurice became Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Painters’ District Council #14 on January 1, 2005.

Mr. Fitzmaurice is also currently a Trustee on the Chicago Painters and Decorators Welfare Fund and Pension Fund, Vice President on the Executive Board of the Chicago & County Building & Construction Trades Council, Board Member of the Chicago Federation of Labor, and the Chairman of the Committee on Political Education with the CFL.

Mr. Fitzmaurice is the the current Vice Chairman of the Board.

Charles R. Bowen | Member

Mr. Charles (Chuck) Bowen served as the link that connected the African American Communities to the City of Chicago through the Daley Administration.  Before his retirement in December 2004, Mr. Bowen served as the Executive Assistant and Senior Cabinet Member to Mayor Richard M. Daley.  As the Liaison for the Religious Leadership in the Metropolitan Area, he worked specifically with ministers to connect them with city government.

Born in Atlanta, Mr. Bowen moved to Chicago with his family at age 6.  His political career began when he joined an organization called the Young Democrats.  His people skills prepared him for 23 years in the private sector at Importers Somerset, one of the leading producers of beverages.  He also worked as a liaison for the NAACP and the Urban League, served a 4-year term as Deputy Clerk of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, was elected to a 4-year term on the Cook County Board and during his tenure there, developed the first 30’s set-aside affirmative action program, which for the first time included women and minority participation in all county contracts.   

Mr. Bowen and his wife of over 50 years, Verna, live in the Bronzeville area of Chicago where he is a passionate collector of African and African-American art, a member of the Coalition of Religious Leaders of Illinois, the Concerned Clergy For A Better Chicago, Civic Leaders of the Chicagoland Area, and founding member of the National African American Military Museum.

Paul Chialdikas

Paul Chialdikas was appointed to the Illinois International Port District Board of Directors by Governor Bruce Rauner on May 2015.

Mr. Chialdikas was a Trustee of Lemont Village Board until 2017.  Prior to his elected role he had served as Commissioner of Planning and Zoning from 2005 to 2009. As Trustee Mr. Chialdikas was the chair for Economic Development for the Village of Lemont and the liaison to the barging industry that is headquartered in Lemont.

Paul Chialdikas is also a founding board member of “Little Mountain Community Theatre” since 2013.

As a Lewis University graduate, Mr. Chialdikas brings over 20 years of executive business experience to his various roles within the community.  Married to Marie, they have raised 3 children, Alec, Andrew and Grace and have been Lemont residents for over 17 years.

Regner (Ray) Suarez

Biography is forthcoming

Terry Sullivan

Terrence Sullivan was appointed to the Illinois International Port District Board of Directors in 2009 by Governor Quinn. Mr. Sullivan has over forty years experience in construction, facilities, and personnel management. He has also worked extensively in community building and relations. Mr. Sullivan is a resident of Orland Park.

Henry Wisniewski

Henry V. Wisniewski, C.S.R.  served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972. Attended United States Army Transportation School, Fort Eustis, Virginia receiving a diploma to be a Transportation Movements Specialist.  Served in Headquarters US Army Terminal Command, Thailand as a Transportation Control and Documentation Specialist. Served in US Army Combat Development Command Personnel and Logistic Systems Group, Fort Lee, Virginia as an aide to Brigadier General Ross R. Condit Jr.  Additionally, Mr. Wisniewski graduated from Chicago College of Commerce with an Associate Degree in Business with a major in Court and Convention Reporting and is a Licensed Certified Shorthand Reporter.

Mr. Wisniewski is a life-long resident of Chicago and is married with three children. 

Vacant Gubernatorial Position

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Vacant Gubernatorial Position

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