Crain’s Headlines: McPier Leader to Join Real Estate Firm Clayco


Lori Healy, the head of the agency that runs McCormick Place and Navy Pier, is joining Clayco, a real estate, architecture and construction firm. Healy led McPier for more than four years, and will step down in mid-October. Healy will serve as Clayco’s president for the Chicago region. The 59-year-old was previously planning chief for the city and headed development for the John Buck Company. She also served as chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley and helped lead the city’s Olympic bid in 2016. Another Emanuel-era appointee, Planning Commissioner David Reifman, already joined Clayco earlier this year.

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The state of Illinois has issued its first licenses to marijuana growers as it prepares for recreational sales starting Jan. 1. Cresco Labs, PharmaCann, Curative Health and Ascend Wellness all got cultivation licenses from the state’s Department of Agriculture. Those companies, who have grow operations planned in seven locations, will need sign-offs from several different regulators ahead of the 2020 start date. The state’s issued five dispensary licenses so far.

Chicago’s Wintrust bank is beating out national banks in the area, growing by 14% while retail deposits dropped or stayed stagnant at the biggest banks in town. In the past four years, Wintrust deposits grew 39%. It’s now the fourth-biggest area bank by deposits, just behind big nationals like Chase, BMO Harris and Bank of America. While other banks closed branches, Wintrust execs say they zagged, adding 11 locations in the year that ended on June 30.


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