CHICAGO, IL March 22, 2001 – William W. Higginson, president and CEO of Chicago Equity Fund, Inc. (CEF), joined The Heartland Institute’s Board of Directors at its March 7 meeting. Together with three related firms, CEF finances, develops, and manages low-income housing projects across the state of Illinois. Higginson is also the founder and chairman of Community Reinvestment Fund, an investment fund that finances for-sale housing, retail shopping, and historic buildings in the Chicagoland area.
Prior to becoming president of CEF and its affiliate businesses, Higginson served 10 years as vice president of Chicago United, Inc., a consortium of chief executive officers of major corporations in Chicago.
“Bill Higginson has devoted his professional career to the city of Chicago and the policy issues that affect it,” noted Heartland President Joseph Bast. “He’ll be a real asset to Heartland as we pursue our mission of spreading ideas that empower people.”
Higginson’s election to Heartland’s board follows the recent elections of Robert E. Russell, Jr., president of Robert Russell & Associates, Inc., and Paul Fisher, a real estate attorney and partner at Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, LLP.
The Heartland Institute is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan research organization based in Chicago. Founded in 1984, Heartland specializes in finding market-based solutions to a wide range of social and economic problems, including environmental policies, education issues, and antitrust law. Its principal audiences are the nation’s 8,000 elected state officials, journalists, and business and community leaders. Heartland published its ninth book, David B. Kopel’s Antitrust after Microsoft: The Obsolescence of Antitrust in the Digital Era, in February.
A complete biography, including a photograph, of Mr. Higginson is available on The Heartland Institute Web site.