Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije to the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors, part of the latest round of appointments as he works to fill out membership on various public bodies.
In a news release, Emanuel cited Idonije's work to promote education through his non-profit Israel Idonije Foundation.
Josephine Gomez, school director at Hector P. Garcia, M.D. High School, part of the United Neighborhood Organization's system of charter schools, was also named by Emanuel to the library board.
He also named three new members to the Community Development Commission, including Jorge Perez, executive director of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association. Perez previously was a top official at the CTA and a deputy commissioner in the city Department of Aviation. He served on Emanuel's transition team.
Joining Perez will be Roxanne Ward -- who formerly served as first assistant general counsel at the Chicago Park District and as a member of the Chicago Board of Education -- and realtor Robert Buford.
The mayor reappointed to the commission consultant Marina Carrott.
Library board member Cristina Benitez -- Director of Latino Media and Communication at DePaul University -- will return to that body, along with Ardmore Associates LLC President Cherryl Thomas and banker Julia Zhu, according to the mayor's office.
Emanuel made the announcements the same day he announced he would look into reducing the stipends paid to people serving on government boards and commissions.
Chicago Bear among picks for library board
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