Norma Reyes, who served as Chicago's deputy chief of staff and commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection, died Monday. She was 56.
Reyes worked as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney for nine years before becoming chief assistant corporation counsel and later the deputy corporation counsel for the city’s Law Department.
From 2001 to 2003, Reyes served as deputy chief of staff under Mayor
Reyes’ older sister, Lillian Reyes, 57, said the family is “heartbroken” by the loss. Reyes was one of seven siblings, all of whom lived in Chicago.
Lillian Reyes said the family did not know the cause of death and was waiting to hear from the medical examiner’s office Tuesday afternoon.
Lillian and Norma Reyes were born 11 months apart. The Reyes siblings grew up in
“She was our everything. She was the air I breathed,” said Lillian Reyes through tears on Tuesday. “She did so much for the city of Chicago. She was an icon here.”
Austin said she was supposed to meet Monday with Reyes, but Reyes never showed up.
"To come in this morning to know that she transitioned into heaven just stopped me in my tracks," Austin said. She called Reyes "a good friend of ours and a dynamic commissioner."
Daley released a statement through a spokeswoman, praising Reyes.