‘She’s Chicago royalty, but not without family drama. With a net worth of an estimated $1.8 billion, this heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, which her family founded, has become one of the leading philanthropists in the Windy City. The Pritzker family name is one of the most prominent in Chicago. From Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion to galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago, the family’s philanthropic efforts and wealth are widely known in the city. After former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel became Chicago’s mayor, Pritzker joined the Chicago Board of Education and has started fundraising initiatives to help improve Chicago schools.
In addition to the family drama surrounding its fortune, the Pritzker family has also had multiple disputes with the IRS over offshore tax havens. Additionally, some labor groups have accused Hyatt Hotels of worker-safety violations. Since then, labor leaders, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, have called for a boycott of the hotel chain. Labor leaders could raise these concerns now that she’s been nominated.’ http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/four-things-to-know-about-penny-pritzker-a-billionaire-and-obama-s-commerce-secretary-pick-20130306
SeattlePi takes a look at Pritzker. http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2013/05/23/a-penny-for-penny-pritzkers-thoughts/
Also mentioned in this little ditty. ‘Just blew in from the windy city’ and all that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu64pka6DG4