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Rahm Emanuel taps CTA exec Theresa Mintle as his chief of staff

Updated: May 10, 2011 6:32PM

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s new chief of staff will be CTA executive Theresa Mintle, the Sun-Times has learned.

Mintle is chief of staff for the Chicago Transit Board, which is headed by Terry Peterson and oversees the CTA.

Emanuel chose Mintle because of her experience handling the CTA’s budget woes and pension issues, sources said. The CTA’s budget is $1.7 billion.

Mintle has been with the CTA since August 2003, when she started in government relations before taking over as chief of staff in 2007, according to Mintle’s LinkedIn profile.

She was also chairman of the CTA Employee Retirement Trust; chairman of the CTA Retiree Healthcare Trust; and chairman of the CTA Deferred Compensation Committee.

Before working at the CTA, Mintle worked at The Aspen Institute — a Washington D.C. based think tank — where she was vice president of corporate development.

Mintle received a masters in public administration from the University of

Wisconsin Madison in 1991 and earned undergraduate degrees in political science and

economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984.

She lists her interests in the profile international travel, early American history,

American presidents and Chicago.

Mintle and her husband are life-long city residents.

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