(CBS) – A Who’s Who of Chicago public leaders, business executives and personalities will travel to Rome later this week as Archbishop Blase Cupich is formally elevated to the rank of Cardinal.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he and his wife, First Lady Amy Rule, will lead a delegation of more than 80 “civic, faith, elected and business leaders.” Among the delegation members will be Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago and former NBA star Isiah Thomas, who is from Chicago.
Students from two Chicago high schools are also traveling to Rome.
“For more than two years, Archbishop Cupich has supported Chicago through his service, and Chicago will be there to support him as he is elevated to Cardinal,” Emanuel said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “Whether you are a part of the Catholic Church or not, all Chicagoans have come to know Archbishop Cupich as a man of principle, someone who believes in the power of inclusion, and a voice for the voiceless – in the Church and throughout our city.”
Pope Francis will elevate Cupich to Cardinal on Saturday.
The mayor’s office released this partial list of attendees:
Father Tom Hurley of Old St. Patrick’s Church; Reverend Stan Davis, co-Executive Director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago; Bishop Wayne Miller, President of the Council of Religious Leaders; Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University; Dennis Holtschneider, President of DePaul University; Governor Bruce Rauner; Senator Dick Durbin; State Senate President John Cullerton; State Comptroller-elect and current City Clerk Susana Mendoza; Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke; Congressman Mike Quigley; Aldermen Ed Burke, Pat O’Connor, Danny Solis, Michelle Harris and Marge Laurino; Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd; Stefano Pessina, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Walgreen Boots Alliance; Don Edwards, CEO of Flexpoint Ford; Daniel McCaffrey, CEO and Chairman, McCaffery Interests, Inc.; Margaret Houlihan Smith of United Airlines; Wynona Redmond, of Wyn-Win Communications; Cherryl Thomas of Ardmore Associates; Senator Renato Turano of Turano Bakery; former NBA star Isiah Thomas; Desiree Rogers of Choose Chicago; Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson; Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago; Rocco Claps, Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights; a Cristo Rey Jesuit High School student and a Christ the King High School student.