CHICAGO — Fitch Ratings’ Chicago-based lead Midwestern analyst of tax-supported government credits, Melanie Jopek Shaker, resigned last week to take a newly created position with the fiscally stressed Chicago Public Schools as its deputy chief financial officer.

Shaker, a director, joined Fitch in 2003 and most recently led its coverage from Chicago of tax-supported Midwestern credits. Shaker received the annual rising star award from Women in Public Finance earlier this year for showing leadership as a former president of WPF in 2008 and speaking for Fitch on emerging credit issues while also providing career counseling and working as a mentor.

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