Back in May, nearly 2,000 miles away, Citadel CEO Ken Griffin made a small comment that has big ramifications for Chicago. Speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, Illinois’ richest man affirmed his commitment to stay in Chicago. While noting the city’s problems with the “three Cs” of corruption, cronyism and crime, Griffin stated that rather than move his family and company, he planned to “stand and fight for the policies and changes that will make this state better.”

Thirty seconds with local business leaders like Chris Gladwin, CEO of Ocient, Kristi Ross, Co-CEO of tastytrade, Troy Henikoff, Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners, and Amanda Lannert, CEO of Jellyvision, to name but a few, is all anyone needs to understand just how deeply the community is committed to reinvention.

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