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George Ranney

President and CEO, Chicago Metropolis 2020


  George Ranney is President and CEO of Chicago Metropolis 2020, a business-based organization formed by The Commercial Club of Chicago to improve the region’s economic competitiveness. It is implementing long-term policies for regional growth, emphasizing transportation, housing, early childhood education, and criminal justice. Ranney has been a member of The Commercial Club since 1985.

He is Senior Counsel at Mayer Brown, a global law firm headquartered in Chicago with which he first became associated in 1967.

He is also Chairman and CEO of Prairie Holdings Corporation, which built Prairie Crossing, a nationally known real estate development designed on conservation principles in suburban Grayslake, Illinois.

He spent eighteen years with Inland Steel Industries, where he served as Vice President for Raw Materials and Energy, and President of the Inland Steel Mining Company. He was also Vice President and General Counsel for Inland and its successor company, Ryerson Tull.

He is a 2004 recipient of the Order of Lincoln, awarded by the State of Illinois as its highest honor. His service to Illinois began as Deputy Budget Director for the State of Illinois under Governor Richard Ogilvie starting in 1969. He chaired the Governor’s Task Force which proposed the Regional Transportation Authority and led the successful six-county referendum campaign that approved it. He chaired the Task Force on the Future of Illinois for Governor Thompson, served as a public member of the General Assembly’s Illinois Growth Task Force, and chaired Governor Edgar’s Task Force on Conversion of the Joliet Arsenal to Peacetime Purposes.

He serves on the boards of Field Foundation of Illinois, the Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Educational Television, and The Conservation Fund. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of the University of Chicago, and a member of the Chicago Committee of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In 2007, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He previously served as a member of the Board of the MacArthur and Spencer Foundations.

He has written for the Chicago Tribune, Atlantic Monthly, and University of Chicago Law Review among other publications. He has taught law and public policy at the University of Chicago.

He graduated magna cum laude in History and Literature from Harvard College in 1962, after which Harvard awarded him a Shaw Travelling Fellowship. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

He grew up in Libertyville Township, where he now lives with his wife Vicky. They have three children.

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