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July 17, 1989
Mayor Richard Daley and Gov. James Thompson name the board members who will oversee transfiguration of Navy Pier in 1989. They vowed to revive the rotting Navy Pier and, with an infusion of state cash and a blue-ribbon board to oversee its rehabilitation, make it the city's shining jewel along the lakefront.
Similar refrains have been heard in previous years to no avail. But this time, Daley and Thompson placed the strengths of their offices behind the project. Daley named his former chief of staff, John Schmidt, 45, as chairman of the 13-member, unpaid authority board that will oversee both Navy Pier and McCormick Place. Thompson named his deputy governor, James Reilly, 44, as chief executive of the new authority at a salary expected to be in the $150,000 range.