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83. Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson

AGE: 75
OCCUPATION: Senior chairman, Winston & Strawn

Illinois’s longest-serving governor may not hold the sway he once did. But he is still Big Jim Thompson, with an iconic Loop building that bears his name, and he wields clout at what is arguably the most influential law firm in the city.

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