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The Commissioners governing the Illinois Medical District reflect the many dimensions that make the IMD a diverse and dynamic community. Its members—appointed by elected officials, based on proven records of civic leadership—help direct the District’s long-term vision and development.

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Request for Information and Qualifications From Cannabis and Cannabis-Adjacent Research & Development Facilities, Cannabis Business Consulting Professional Service Providers, and Potential Applicants for State of Illinois Licenses for Cannabis Dispensaries, Infusers, and Craft Growing Businesses Proposed to be located in the Illinois Medical District

Response due date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 3:00 pm

Request for Information From Potential Service Providers And Customers For Innovation District Broadband Project

Response due date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – 3:00 pm

Request for Proposal: A Qualified Pool of Legal Services

Response due date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 3pm

Request for Proposal: Government Affairs and Legislative Advisory Professional Services

Response due date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 3pm

Request for Proposal: Real Estate and Strategic Advisory Professional Services

Response due date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 3pm

Request for Proposal: Re-Branding Services RFP IMD 16-005

Response due date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2pm

Executive Director

Kate Schellinger serves as the Interim Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District. As IMD Chief of Staff, Ms. Schellinger oversaw health and science programming as well as initiatives around workforce and neighborhood development, working in close partnership with IMD stakeholders and governmental officials at all levels to foster an ecosystem of collaboration and drive economic growth for the city, the county and the state.

Prior to joining the IMD, Ms. Schellinger led the development of a community preparedness and resilience program at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) within the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response.

Ms. Schellinger holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University.


Everett Rand is a businessman who founded The Chicago Football Classic. The annual event aims to raise awareness among African American students about opportunities for higher education.

Mr. Rand was appointed to the IMD Board of Commissioners in July 2015.

John T. Cooke, Jr. serves as the Public Buildings Service Regional Commissioner for the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. General Services Administration.

Mr. Cooke holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Notre Dame.

Peter O’Brien, Sr. is President and CEO of MADO Management, LP, a diversified family business in healthcare, residential and commercial leasing, and the O’Brien’s Restaurant group.

Peter has been on the forefront of statewide campaigns for mental healthcare advocacy, legislation, and reform and is a chief convener and sponsor of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, and Chairman of the Board.

Peter has served on the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, the Illinois Development & Finance Authority, and as Chairman on the Capital Development Board of Illinois.

Stephen Hackney is a trial lawyer and partner at the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. He is also a member of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He graduated from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in History in 1994 and obtained his Juris Doctor from The Law School at the University of Chicago in 1997.  Steve and his wife Allison live in Evanston with their three daughters.

Judy Frydland served as the Commissioner of Buildings for the City of Chicago from June 2015 to June 2020. Prior to joining the Department of Buildings, Ms. Frydland spent 25 years in the Chicago Law Department. Ms. Frydland graduated from I.I.T. Chicago Kent College of Law, was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990 and is a current member of the Chicago Bar Association.

Michael Eaddy has been pastor of the People’s Church of the Harvest Church of God in Christ for the past 41 years. He also serves as Executive Director of the Peoples Community Development Association of Chicago, which offers an ex-offender re-entry program. Mr. Eaddy received his undergraduate education in Business Administration and Theology at the Chicago City Colleges & Moody Bible Institute, respectively. He is married to Missionary Christine Eaddy, has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

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