Oak Parker named to Crain's '20 in their 20s' list

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

She has a 1-year-old son. She was recently sworn in as an Oak Park Township trustee. She's a lawyer who works at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, specializing in the intersection of criminal justice and enfranchisement. 

Last summer, she organized a voter registration drive at Cook County Jail. Her powers of persuasion resulted in nearly 1,000 new voters and jail officials allowing the jail to become a polling place. 

She's the daughter of Malawian immigrants, who was inspired to become a lawyer after watching A Time to Kill at a young age. She sings jazz for fun. 

No surprise, then, that Oak Park resident Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley, 27, was selected to Crain's Chicago Business' 2017 "20 in Their 20s" list. 

That's a big deal. You know who else is on the list, Cubs fans? 

Anthony Rizzo. 

You can read more about Mbekeani-Wiley and view the whole list at www.chicagobusiness.com/section/20s.

Michael Romain

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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