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Board Member Biographies


Michael Forde, Chairman

Michael K. Forde is a partner at The Forde Law Offices LLP. He was previously a partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP, and was a co-chair of that firm’s Commercial Litigation practice. He has been a member of the Illinois International Port District since November 2011, and was elected its Chairman in December 2011. He was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mr. Forde holds a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Mr. Forde resides in the City of Chicago.

Terrence P. Fitzmaurice, Vice Chairman

Terrence P. Fitzmaurice became Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Painters’ District Council #14 on January 1, 2005.

Terrence is also currently a Trustee on the Chicago Painters and Decorators Welfare Fund and Pension Fund, Vice President on the Executive Board of the Chicago & County Building & Construction Trades Council, Board Member of the Chicago Federation of Labor, and the Chairman of the Committee on Political Education with the CFL.

Charles R. Bowen

For the past 16 years, Mr. Bowen served as the link that connected the African American Communities to the Daley Administration.  Before his retirement in December 2004, Chuck served as the Executive Assistant and Senior Cabinet Member to Mayor Richard M. Daley.  As the Liaison for the Religious Leadership in the Metropolitan Area, he worked specifically with ministers to connect them with city government.

Born in Atlanta, Chuck moved to Chicago with his family at age 6.  His political career began when he joined an organization called the Young Democrats.  At the age of 21, he was named captain of the seventh precinct in the second ward.  His people skills prepared him for 23 years in the private sector at Importers Somerset, one of the leading producers of beverages.  He also worked as a liaison for the NAACP and the Urban League.

Chuck returned to politics in the late 1970’s where he served a 4-year term as Deputy Clerk of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.  He supervised a staff of 14 employees and maintained records for 6,000,000 residents.  In 1982, he was elected to a 4-year term on the Cook County Board.  During his tenure there, he developed the first 30’s set-aside affirmative action program, which for the first time included women and minority participation in all county contracts.  He served as Chairman of Construction and Maintenance and as a board member of the Tax Delinquency and Juvenile Detention Committees.  He was an active member of the Judiciary, Rules, Finance, Health, and Intergovernmental Relations Committees.  Also he was the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee for the Forest Preserve District and a member of the District’s Administration, Legislative, Personnel, and Rules Committees.  Mr. Bowen is a member of the Coalition of Religious Leaders of Illinois, the Concerned Clergy For A Better Chicago, Civic Leaders of the Chicagoland Area, and founding member of the National African American Military Museum.

Mr. Bowen and his wife of 55 years, Verna, live in the Bronzeville area of Chicago.  He is a passionate collector of African and African-American art.

Paul Chialdikas

Paul Chialdikas was appointed to the Illinois International Port District board by Governor Bruce Rauner on May 2015.

He was elected as Trustee of Lemont Village Board in 2009 and is currently serving.

Prior to his elected role he had served as Commissioner of Planning and Zoning from 2005 to 2009.

Trustee Chialdikas is also the chair for Economic Development for the Village of Lemont and is the liaison to the barging industry that is headquartered in Lemont.

Paul Chialdikas is also a founding board member of “Little Mountain Community Theatre” since 2013.

As a Lewis University graduate, Paul Chialdikas brings over 20 years of executive business experience to his various roles within the community.
Married to Marie, they have raised 3 children, Alec, Andrew and Grace and have been Lemont residents for over 17 years.

Regner (Ray) Suarez

Biography is forthcoming

Terry Sullivan

Terrence Sullivan was appointed to the Illinois International Port District Board of Directors in 2009 by Governor Quinn. Mr. Sullivan has over forty years experience in construction, facilities, and personnel management. He has also worked extensively in community building and relations. Mr. Sullivan is a resident of Orland Park.

Henry Wisniewski

Henry V. Wisniewski, C.S.R.   Born September 2, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois. Married with three children.  Life-long resident of Chicago. Served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972. Attended United States Army Transportation School, Fort Eustis, Virginia receiving a diploma to be a Transportation Movements Specialist.  Served in Headquarters US Army Terminal Command, Thailand as a Transportation Control and Documentation Specialist. Served in US Army Combat Development Command Personnel and Logistic Systems Group, Fort Lee, Virginia as an aide to Brigadier General Ross R. Condit Jr.   Graduated from Chicago College of Commerce with an Associate Degree in Business with a major in Court and Convention Reporting.  Licensed  Certified Shorthand Reporter since 1975.  Official Court Reporter for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission from January, 1976 to the present time.

Sodiqa Williams, ESQ

Sodiqa Williams was born in Muncie, Indiana and attended high school at the Culver Girls Academy in Culver, Indiana. After graduating magna cum laude from Culver, she attended Princeton University where she graduated cum laude, earning a bachelor's degree in politics and a certificate for African American studies.

In May 2011, Ms. Williams received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. At Chicago-Kent, she earned a certificate in Environmental and Energy Law and received three CALI awards for the highest grade achieved in Legal Writing I, International Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Clinic. She was sworn into the Illinois bar on November 10, 2011.

Ms. Williams’ article, "Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are: Assessing the Plight of Climate Change Refugees and Approaches to Fill the Gaps Within the International Legal Framework," was published in Chicago-Kent's Journal of Environmental and Energy Law's Spring 2011 Edition.

Also while at Kent, Ms. Williams served as Secretary to the Black Law Student Association and Executive Articles Editor for Chicago Kent's Journal of Environmental and Energy Law.

Ms. Williams is currently employed by the American Bar Association in Chicago, serving as the Special Presidential Assistant, Speechwriter, and Senior Advisor to the ABA President-elect, William C. Hubbard, and Immediate Past President, Laurel G. Bellows.

Prior to working at the American Bar Association, Sodiqa worked as Project Manager at Conlon and Dunn Public Strategies, a public relations and government affairs firms, the Scheduler and Aldermanic Assistant to 8th Ward Alderwoman Michelle Harris, and Policy Assistant to the Illinois Lt. Governor (now Governor), Pat Quinn.

Sodiqa also served as an Obama Delegate and joined the Illinois Democratic Delegation in Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Ms. Williams, mother of two girls – ages six and five – now resides in Naperville, Illinois.

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