GCI Director Teresa Córdova Named Chair of Chicago Plan Commission

Crain’s Chicago Business reports on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s naming of Teresa Córdova, director of the Great Cities Institute and professor of urban planning and policy, as chair of the Chicago Plan Commission.

Lightfoot announced four new appointees to the city’s Plan Commission, the 22-member body that gives first pass to major developments, industrial areas, lakefront projects and TIF districts.

Current Chairman Martin Cabrera, CEO of Cabrera Capital Markets and one of several of Emanuel’s appointees from the finance realm, is being replaced by Teresa Córdova, the director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Córdova is also professor of urban planning and policy in the College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs. She also holds positions at UIC’s departments of Sociology, Gender & Women Studies, and Latino & Latin American Studies.

She’s no stranger to the political world—a former commissioner from Bernalillo County, Córdova served on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s transition committee for Job Creation & Economic Opportunity and is a member of Cook County’s Economic Development Advisory Committee. Alongside acting Plan Commissioner Eleanor Gorski, Córdova will be charged with ushering major real estate developments through a key city approval process.

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