Frederick H. Waddell

Ty Fahner to step down as Civic Committee head; ex-Obama appointee is successor

Ty Fahner to step down as Civic Committee head; ex-Obama appointee is successor

After five years at the helm of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Civic Committee, Ty Fahner is stepping down from his role as president.

Replacing him will be Kelly R. Welsh, fresh off a stint in Washington as general counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was selected by Civic Committee leadership and will take over April 1.

Fahner, a partner at Mayer Brown, said he plans to remain involved in the committee and keep practicing law, but he's 74 and wants to spend more time with his eight grandchildren.

"I'm interested in transportation, (and) we're going to have a major initiative in terms of some of the stuff involving tax policies for the state, so...

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