James Tyree, Sun-Times chairman, dies

March 17, 2011

by The Associated Press and City Room

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Officials say Sun-Times Media chairman and Mesirow Financial CEO and chairman James C. Tyree is dead.

Mesirow Financial president Richard Price says Tyree died Wednesday afternoon at a Chicago hospital after an unexpected
complication from stomach cancer. Tyree was 53.

Tyree announced in October that he had stomach cancer and would undergo chemotherapy.

He was chairman and CEO of Chicago-based Mesirow since 1994 and had been with the company for more than three decades.

In 2009, he led an investment group that took the Chicago Sun-Times' parent company out of bankruptcy.

In a Wednesday memo to employees, Sun-Times Media CEO Jeremy Halbreich credited Tyree's vision and effort for giving the company a bright future.

Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel credits Tyree for his work on combating diabetes and supporting stem cell research.

Tyree is survived by his wife and three children.