- July 14, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
When Rosa Escareno agreed to stay on as Chicago’s commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection under Mayor Lori Lightfoot, it was only supposed to be for one year.
Little did she know the shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, and then two rounds of looting, would take such a devastating toll on the business community she was charged with regulating that it would force Escareno to put her retirement plan on hold.
Now that Chicago is on the road to economic recovery, Escareno is finally free to leave City Hall, ending a remarkable 30-plus-year career that began straight out of high school, as an administrative assistant in the Office of Budget and Management. She will be replaced, at least temporarily, by her five-year veteran first deputy Ken Meyer.
Escareno’s July 31 departure will mark yet another turn of Lightfoot’s revolving door, but that’s not why she’s calling it quits long before the mayor’s kitchen sink of…