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IBJ’s influential person: Mickey Maurer

Maurer bought IBJ Media with a partner in 1990 with a goal of keeping the newspaper under local control. He also co-founded the National Bank of Indianapolis, served as Indiana secretary of commerce and had IU’s law school in Bloomington named in his honor.

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Influential person: Clay Robbins

Robbins has helped guide the massive Lilly Endowment as it switched from funding numerous high-profile brick-and-mortar projects to strengthening central Indiana’s human capital.

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Influential person: Sam Jones

Jones headed the Indianapolis Urban league from 1966 to 2002, devoting himself to such issues as housing, health care, education and improving police and community relations

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Influential person: Amos Brown

A longtime activist on behalf of minority communities and public education, Brown covered a lot of professional bases during his eclectic on-air career, which began in 1976.

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Influential person: William H. Hudnut III

Hudnut served an unprecedented four terms as mayor of Indianapolis, racking up an impressive list of accomplishments. He hosted the city’s first NCAA Final Four, presided over the construction of the Hoosier Dome, and lured the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis.

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Influential person: P.E. MacAllister

MacAllister ran mayoral campaigns for Richard Lugar and Bill Hudnut, founded the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, and, as a member of the Capital Improvement Board, played a vital role in developing the Hoosier Dome.

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Influential person: John Thompson

Thompson serves as chairman and CEO of four Indianapolis companies, including First Electric Supply Co. and Thompson Distribution Co. But over the years, he has built an equally impressive resume for volunteer service and philanthropy.

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Influential person: Bill Crawford

Crawford’s legislative accomplishments included co-authoring the Second Chance Act, which gave those with criminal records a path to rejoin society; creating the Low-Income Housing Trust Fund and the Minority Teachers Scholarship Fund; and supporting the drive to ban the execution of the mentally ill in Indiana. He died in 2015.

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Influential people: Herb and Mel Simon

The Simon brothers not only founded and ran the nation’s largest shopping mall company, they saved the Indiana Pacers by buying the franchise at a crucial moment and helped make Circle Centre mall a reality.

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