Big Chicago crowd will see Cupich named a cardinal
November 15th, 2016
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Archbishop Blase Cupich are of different faiths but they’re cut from the same cloth.
They talk to each other “regularly” on the phone and agree on a host of issues: from promoting Chicago as a haven for Syrian refugees to issues related to gun violence.
So when Emanuel heard Cupich was being elevated from bishop to cardinal, he wanted to show support.
“I wanted him to know that he has a loyal, loving, caring community even if they don’t identify with the Catholic church as congregants,” Emanuel told me. Judging by the crowd going, Chicago is really loyal.
Here are details about the trip to Rome and the who’s who attending–more than 80 are in the entire delegation.
The mayor and first lady of Chicago Amy Rule will lead the delgation at which Cupich will be elevated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica on Nov. 19, a dinner in support of Catholic Extension in Rome that evening and a celebratory Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 20.
Among those joining Emanuel’s entourage: Father Tom Hurley of Old St. Patrick’s Church; Reverend Stan Davis, co-Executive Director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago; Bishop Wayne Miller, President of the Council of Religious Leaders; Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University; Dennis Holtschneider, President of DePaul University; Gov. Bruce Rauner; Senator Dick Durbin; State Senate President John Cullerton; State Comptroller-elect and current City Clerk Susana Mendoza; Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke; Congressman Mike Quigley; Aldermen Ed Burke, Pat O’Connor, Danny Solis, Michelle Harris and Marge Laurino; Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd; Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO of Walgreen Boots Alliance; Desiree Rogers of Choose Chicago; Don Edwards, CEO of Flexpoint Ford; Daniel McCaffrey, CEO and Chairman, McCaffery Interests; Margaret Houlihan Smith of United Airlines; Wynona Redmond, of Wyn-Win Communications; Cherryl Thomas of Ardmore Associates; Senator Renato Turano of Turano Bakery; former NBA star Isiah Thomas; Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson; Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago; Rocco Claps, director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights; a Cristo Rey Jesuit High School student and a Christ the King High School student–both of whom work in the mayor’s office.