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Dan Miller

Co-founder Chicago Innovation Awards

Dan Miller is publisher and executive vice president of The Heartland Institute, a 25-year-old, non-profit think tank that discovers, develops and promotes free-market solutions to public policy issues. He’s the former business editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and Crain’s Chicago Business, and served as the chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission. Miller was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2005, and was named Illinois Journalist of the Year by the Northern Illinois University faculty in 1981.

He began his career in Chicago with the Chicago Daily News, where he worked as a business reporter, editorial writer and assistant financial editor until the paper’s demise in 1978. After joining Crain Communications, he helped launch Crain’s Chicago Business, and served as editor for 10 years, during which time the weekly newspaper earned local and national honors for general excellence in business reporting, commentary and design.In 1998 Miller was named vice president of Crain Communications and publisher of Crain’s City & State, a national business newspaper for state and local government. In 1994, Illinois Gov.

Jim Edgar named him chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the state regulatory agency for public utilities. During his four-year tenure, Miller downsized the commission staff, and led efforts to deregulate the state’s telecommunications, electricity and motor-carrier industries. Following public service, he spent a year at the Heartland Institute, a libertarian-oriented think tank based in Chicago, as senior vice president and publisher. In July 1999 he was named business editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. Miller is a 1967 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. degree in American Studies. He began his journalism career as a copyboy for the Minneapolis Tribune, and worked for newspapers in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is married with three daughters and three grandchildren, and lives in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood.