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WASHINGTON--Chicago donors to the Presidential Inaugural Committee include Penny Pritzker, Fred Eychaner, Michael Sacks and John Rogers' Ariel Investments.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's fund-raiser, Anne Olaimey, helped raise corporate money for the PIC; longtime Obama fund-raiser Jordan Kaplan handled the Chicago-area contributors.

The 2013 PIC only provided the names of donors, with no other information--hardly a high standard of transparency. For the 2009 inaugural, the PIC released information so a contributor would be identified because employer and city and state were disclosed as well as the amount.

The Center for Responsive Politics researched the donor list to add cities and states saying they are "reasonably sure" their matches are right.

According to the Center, here are some Chicago and suburban donors: Jeffrey Kang, Susan Canter, Evanston; Susan Berghoef, Stephen Ondra, Wilmette; Charles Smith and Dania Leemputte, Winnetka; Pamela Buffett, Highland Park; Azieb Gebrehiiwet, Lincolnwood.

From Chicago: Tracey Patterson, Barbara Manilow, Fernando Rajiv, Twana Edwards, Christopher Kriva, Gail Morse, Julie Smolyansky, David Cihla and Young-Kee Kim.

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