The Tribune called out Emanuel’s appearance at a press conference as an endorsement of a locally-designed skyscraper (Studio Gang and bKL Architecture) to be built by Wanda, a Chinese development company – it has yet to receive any approval. Photo: Ted Cox, DNAinfo.

The Chicago Tribune reviewed the campaign contributions of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s top donors and linked each donor to how it does business with Emanuel or the city. The article overall discussed how easy it is for Rahm to raise more money than what’s probably necessary to be elected a second time.

The Tribune graciously provided this data as a simple table which I’ve republished here in order to add links to building permit information from Chicago Cityscape. The website I’ve developed lists company and person names in an immediately searchable form. Currently there are over 90,000 companies, architects, and property owners that have received a building permit since 2010. Use the Illinois Sunshine database to find out who’s contributing to whom in the Chicago election.

Note: You’ll see “listed under [many] names” for several companies; this indicates that the Chicago building permit database uses different spellings, or the company has changed their name.

Emanuel campaign contributions

DonorContributionsConnection (Tribune)Notable properties or permits
Grosvenor Capital Management$1,056,287Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, vice chairman of World Business Chicago and Emanuel confidante.900 N Michigan Shops
Madison Dearborn Partners$858,800Investor in city contractor CDW Government; co-CEO Sam Mencoff appointed to World Business Chicago.NA
Plumbers and Pipefitters unions$766,500Mayor's water and sewer upgrades boost union jobs.NA
Citadel$559,550CEO Ken Griffin meets with mayor; firm invests in Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which mayor backed for state tax breaks; also invests in companies doing business with city.Renovations in its own building
Muneer Satter$352,600Former executive at Goldman Sachs, which got city bond business; appointed to World Business Chicago.Renovations to its office
Harris Associates$290,000Firm's Oakmark Fund invests in LiveNation, which books concerts at city's Northerly Island.Renovations to its office
DRW Trading Group$255,100Donald R. Wilson Jr., founder of DRW trading firm, is developer of multiple hotel projects; Emanuel appeared with Wilson to lobby regulators on futures trading rules.NA
Henry Crown & Co.$254,400President James S. Crown appointed by mayor to World Business Chicago.NA
Donald Edwards$241,600Mayoral appointee to World Business Chicago and Chicago Park District.NA
Lettuce Entertain You$236,850Partner in restaurants at O'Hare International Airport.Listed under several names. Search "Lettuce"
Groupon$231,200CEO Eric Lefkofsky appointed to World Business Chicago; co-chair of Emanuel-supported Chicago Ideas Week.Renovations to its office
JMB companies$191,900Neil Bluhm, Judd Malkin. Control JMB Realty, Bluhm's Walton St. Capital gets city pension business.Listed under several names. Search "JMB". Also associated with the 900 N Michigan Shops
Teamsters$184,700Emanuel labor rule changes hurt other unions, left Teamsters largely unscathed.NA
David Helfand$180,900Real estate executive, now with Equity Group Investments, major holder of Chicago real estate.NA
Chopper Trading$173,300Emanuel appealed to regulators to ease commodities futures trading rules for firms like Chopper.Renovations to its office
Medline Industries Inc.$171,600COO Jim Abrams appointed to World Business Chicago; mayoral jobs announcement and appearance at business conference.NA
Bartlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar and Scott$162,300Law partner on CHA board.NA
PEAK6$160,000Emanuel appealed to regulators to ease commodities futures trading rules for firms like PEAK6.Renovations to its office
Joe Mansueto$160,000CEO of Morningstar, which has contract with Chicago Public Library.Renovations to the Morningstar office in Block 37
John Buck Co.$140,000Development projects downtown; John Buck appointed to World Business Chicago; gets city pension business.Listed under 10 names. 155 N Wacker Drive skyscraper opened in 2010. New residential tower at 200 N Michigan (yet going under the address of 201 N Garland Ct).
United Airlines$137,783United executives appointed to World Business Chicago; jobs and headquarters announcements.Majority of permits are for O’Hare operations. Others include renovations to its downtown office building.
Beacon Capital Partners$137,000Office building redevelopments.Unknown. There are many entries with "Beacon".
Jenner & Block$136,878Legal fees for O'Hare International Airport litigation.Listed under several names. Search "Jenner & Block"
AT&T$127,600City telecommunications contract. Donations from AT&T Illinois Employee PAC.Listed under 19 names.
Duchossois family$124,900Craig Duchossois appointed to World Business Chicago.NA
DLA Piper$124,700Helps clients get city tax increment financing (TIF) funds.Renovations to its office
Pritzker Group$124,500J.B. Pritzker appointed to World Business Chicago; head of 1871 tech incubator frequented by Emanuel.Only Penny Pritzker is listed, associated with an office renovation.
Exelon Corp.$124,200CEO Christopher Crane appointed to World Business Chicago.Listed under 7 names.
Winston & Strawn$114,000Legal fees on city bond business.Listed under 2 names, associated with an office renovation.
Clayco$105,000Emanuel joined CEO Robert Clark to announce headquarters move to Chicago.Listed under 4 names. Contractor for the University of Chicago and downtown office renovations.
Schiff Hardin LLP$94,250Legal fees on city bond business.NA
Chicago Trading Co.$92,000Emanuel appealed to regulators to ease commodities futures trading rules for firms like CTC.NA
Roger J. Kiley Jr.$75,600Emanuel reappointed to board of Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.NA
Friedman Properties$75,550Hotel developments needing city permits.Listed under 6 names.
Sidley Austin LLP$74,450Represents clients on city development issues.Listed under 2 names, associated with an office renovation.
Power, Rogers and Smith$73,500Partner Larry R. Rogers Sr. appointed to City Colleges Board.NA
BDT Capital Partners, LLC$70,900Managing partner Byron Trott appointed to World Business Chicago; BDT bought and re-developing Wrigley Building.Renovations to its office
White Lodging Services$66,100Development partner on River North hotel complex.Minor elevator work
Victory Park Capital$65,000Victory CEO/founder Richard Levy is investor in North Side soccer field that needed city approval; firm owns Giordano's pizza chain that has needed city approvals for expansion.NA
Magellan Development Group, LLC$64,000Development partner on proposed Wanda Vista skyscraper praised by Emanuel.Listed under 4 names. Lakeshore East developer
Centerview Partners$61,500Consultant to Comcast merger with Time-Warner Cable, which Emanuel backed in letter to FCC.NA
Katten Muchin$61,300Legal fees on city bond business.Renovations to its office
Gibsons Restaurant Group$60,113City signed off on sidewalk expansion at Rush Street restaurant.NA
Martin J. Koldyke$55,600Founder of Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), which takes over troubled city schools.NA
Richard Sandor$55,000Sandor is board member of Chicago Clean Energy Trust, a nonprofit supported by Emanuel that received a grant worth $2.2 million in federal and private funding.NA
Willis Stein and Partners$55,000Equity firm owns Roundy's, which owns Mariano's grocery chain that gets city TIF money.Search for "Mariano’s" and "Roundy’s". Minor projects.
Comcast$52,000Emanuel supported Comcast merger with Time-Warner Cable in letter to FCC.Listed under 6 names. Renovations to its office and retail store in Lincoln Park.
Jerry Reinsdorf$50,000Reinsdorf owns Chicago Bulls. City approved Bulls practice facility, Emanuel held news conference.New "Advocate Center" practice facility at 15 S Wood Street.
Isaac Goldman$45,300Emanuel appointed Front Barnett principal Isaac "Sandy" Goldman to Illinois Medical District Commission.NA
Chicago Board Options Exchange$40,300Emanuel supported state tax breaks for commodities exchanges; CEO Bill Brodsky on World Business Chicago.Listed under 3 names for renovations to its 400 S LaSalle Street office.
Robert Rubin$40,300Mayor attends Rubin's Hamilton Project retreat.NA
Valor Equity Partners$40,000Emanuel appointed Valor CEO Antonio Gracias to World Business Chicago.NA
Walgreen Co.$38,850Then-Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson appointed to World Business Chicago. Contract for city worker wellness screenings.Listed under 13 names. Many permits are drug store renovations.
PGR Holding LLC$35,500Pat Ryan Jr., son of Aon insurance founder, appointed to World Business Chicago; also founded charter school that receives city support. Pat Ryan Sr. heads PGR Holding.NA
University Public Issues Committee$35,000PAC linked to Northwestern University; Emanuel signed off on request to demolish Prentice hospital.NA
Rooney family$31,298R4 Services, headed by Trisha Rooney Alden, has records storage contracts with city and City Colleges of Chicago. Donations from multiple family members, including former Waste Management CEO Phil Rooney.NA
Willis$28,300City insurance contract. City Colleges partnership with Willis to train potential employees.NA
Northern Trust$25,800Retired CEO William Osborn appointed to World Business Chicago. Also an underwriter on city bond business.Listed under 9 names. Renovations to its various office buildings and bank outlets.
Jimmy John's$25,600Restaurants get various permits for business in Chicago.Sign and awning permits.
System Development Integration$20,000CTA contract, other city technology contracts; sought red light camera contract.NA

Neither the article nor this table are meant to indicate any wrongdoing – campaign donations are public and it’s common to receive them from companies that do business in Chicago. It’s the extent that the donation appears to pay for favors or favoritism over other donors (which may be competing companies), or what’s right, that determines when immorality becomes an issue (a connection that’s hard to demonstrate).