Community Development Commission (CDC)
We envision Lake County as a place, unified by diversity, where residents of all income levels have the opportunity to live, work and thrive by building successful partnerships with local governments, service providers, developers and fellow residents.
Composition and Role of Commission
The Community Development Commission consists of fifteen appointed and two ex-officio members. The appointed members are nominated by the County Board Chairman and approved by the County Board. The fifteen members include five representatives from the County Board, five Mayors, Village Presidents, or Township Supervisors, and five Lake County residents. The ex-officio members are the County Board Chairman and the Chairman of the County Board's Health and Community Services Committee.
The Commission is responsible for overseeing local administration of the Federal Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and the Emergency Solutions Grant Program and other related programs. The Commission is responsible for developing the Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan by identifying community needs, setting priorities, and establishing goals. The Commission uses these goals to help determine which activities to fund on an annual basis.
Community Development Commission By-Laws
Ray Rose (Chair)
Linda Pedersen, County Board Member - District 1 (Vice-Chair)
Carol Calabresa, County Board Member - District 15
Steve Carlson, County Board Member - District 7 (Ex-officio)
Mary Ross Cunningham, County Board Member - District 9
Sandra Hart, County Board Member - District 13
Diane Hewitt, County Board Member - District 2
Aaron Lawlor, County Board Chair - District 18 (Ex-officio)
Joseph Mancino, Mayor - Village of Hawthorn Woods
Harriet Rosenthal, Mayor - Village of Deerfield
Burnell Russell, Mayor - Village of Volo
Glenn Swanson, Wauconda Township Supervisor
Dan Venturi, Lake Villa Township Supervisor
Meeting Dates and Place
The Community Development Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3:30 PM in the 10th floor Assembly Room at the County Administration Building in Waukegan. Public Hearings are held in conjunction with regular monthly meetings, with public notices appearing in the News Sun and sent to a list of interested parties.
The Community Development Commission has five standing committees.
The Executive Committee is composed of six Commissioners.
- Linda Pedersen, Chair
- Dan Venturi, Vice-Chair
- Ray Rose
The Executive Committee has the following responsibilities:
Review recommendations from Application Review Committees to ensure compliance with regulations and consistency with available funding, and make recommendations to the full Commission regarding such matters.
Hear and render judgment on formal appeals (as outlined in the Citizen Participation Plan) of any decisions made by the staff or Commission in regard to its programs or policies. The decision of the Executive Committee shall be final.
Assign Commissioners to an Application Review Committee.
Assist in the development of plans for informational and/or educational presentations to the full Commission.
Coordinate and share information in order to maintain a working relationship with the Affordable Housing Commission.
Meetings are held as needed, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2:30 PM on the 10th floor of the County Administration Building in Waukegan. Two other meetings are held at the end of the calendar year to hear appeals and to review the work of the Application Review Committees (see below).
Application Review Committees (ARC)
There are four Application Review Committees - 1) Public Infrastructure ARC; 2) Housing ARC; 3) Public Services ARC; and 4) Homeless Assistance ARC. The ARC membership is as follows:
|| Diane Hewitt
|| Mary Cunningham|
|| Sandra Hart
|| Harriet Rosenthal|
|| Ray Rose
|| Burnell Russell|
|| Glenn Swanson
|| Dan Venturi|
Each ARC has the following responsibilities:
- Review applications or requests for funding.
Make recommendations of projects to be funded to the Executive Committee.
Provide feedback to Community Development staff on scoring and ranking decisions in order for
appropriate technical assistance to be provided to applicants.
Meetings are held as needed.