Kenneth Bennett has resigned his post at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office as First Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Public Engagement for the City of Chicago a few weeks ago. Having made the official announcement two weeks ago of his departure–a press release was sent out announcing his new role at Choose Chicago.
In his new role as Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Community Affairs for the city’s tourism outreach office, Bennett will report directly to Choose Chicago President and CEO David Whitaker. He will act as liaison to key Choose Chicago industry partners advising on public policy strategies, city and state funding, and strategic community partnerships. Bennett will also work with Whitaker to advocate on Choose Chicago’s behalf for legislation that impacts both the organization and the State’s tourism industry.
David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago said. “Ken will be instrumental in engaging civic leaders, community organizations, labor unions and our elected officials here in Chicago, our region and the State to promote the vital role that Choose Chicago and our industry play in tourism, the state economy and our community overall.”
As a thank you to his closest friends, family and colleagues Bennett and his famous son–Chance the Rapper held a VIP reception at the Berkshire Room to commemorate the new transition. Political heavyweights dropped by to share their congratulations included Mayor Emanuel, Deputy Mayor; Andrea Zopp, Rep. Bobby Rush, Rep. Danny Davis, Rep. Robin Kelly, Ald. Carrie Austin, Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr., Ald. David Moore, Chicago Defender Publisher/President-Cheryl Mainor, Johnson Publishing Communications President-Desiree Rogers, State Rep. David Miller and Donna Miller, Democratic candidate for Cook County States Attorney; Kim Foxx and husband Kelly Foxx, Jimilita Tillman-Hunter (HWCC), Tenille Jackson (The Intelligence Group) and other notable figures.