Evanston billionaire and Hyatt Hotel heir James Pritzker is changing his name to Jennifer Natalya Pritzker and now identifies as a woman, according to a statement released to Patch by a Pritzker spokesperson.
"As of August 16, 2013, J.N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name change, will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker," the statement said. "This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings."
She also recently donated more than $13,000 to first ward aldermanic candidate Edward Tivador, who lost to incumbent Judy Fiske in November, according to campaign contributions reported to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Pritzker made one donation of $4,000 on Aug. 9, 2013, and another contribution of $9,489.45 the same day through Bropri LLC. According to the Illinois State Secretary’s website, Pritzker is listed as the manager of that LLC.
Tivador has been vocal in his support of Pritzker’s bed and breakfasts, while Fiske opposed both the bed and breakfasts and the sale of the Harley-Clarke Mansion to Pritzker.