There are seven members on the Board of the Illinois Capital Development Board. The Board meets monthly in Springfield, Chicago or other locations throughout the state to set policy for the agency, approve the awarding of contracts to professional design firms and consider major changes to construction contracts. The Board also is responsible for selecting an Executive Director
who oversees approximately 130 employees in the daily operation and management of CDB.
The board members, who serve four-year terms, are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Illinois State Senate. No more than four of the members may be from the same political party. The board members receive no salary but are reimbursed for expenses.
James Reilly - Chairman
Governor Bruce Rauner appointed former State Representative James Reilly as the Chairman of the Capital Development Board in April 2015. Reilly brings decades of experience in public sector development. Reilly is the former CEO of the Metropolitan Planning and Exposition Authority (MPEA), where he oversaw operations and policy. He held the position twice, from 1989-1999 and from 2012-2015. He has overseen the redevelopment of Navy Pier, expansion of McCormick Place and development of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. He also served as a trustee of the MPEA from 2010 to 2012 before his second tenure as CEO. In between stints at the MPEA, Reilly was a consultant to the hospitality industry at the Reilly Consultant Group. He was also the chairman of the Regional Transit Authority from 2005-2010 and was the CEO of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau from 1999-2004.
Reilly has extensive experience in state government, serving as chief of staff to Governor Jim Edgar from 1994-1995 and for Governor Jim Thompson from 1983 to 1989. He also served in the General Assembly for six years as a state representative. Reilly earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois College and a law degree from the University of Chicago. He lives in Chicago.
Glyn M. Ramage of Millstadt was named to the Capital Development Board in August, 2002. He was appointed acting chairman of the CDB between February and April of 2004. Member Ramage has served as the business manager for the Twelve Counties Southwestern Illinois Laborers District Council since 2000. He is a 26-year member of the Laborers' Local No. 100 in East St. Louis and has served as business manager of the Local since 1993.
Member Ramage serves as chairman of the Foundation for Fair Contracting of Southwestern Illinois, Inc. and is a director of the Labor Management Work Preservation & Construction Industry Promotional Trust of Southwestern Illinois.
Miles W. Beatty III
Miles W. Beatty III of Lake Zurich, President of Beatty Decorating Company, was named to the Capital Development Board in January of 2012.
Beatty has been president of Beatty Decorating Company, a firm that specializes in painting, wall coverings and specialty finishes, since 1992. He joined the family-owned firm as an apprentice in 1972. He is on the Board of Directors of the Finishing Contractors Association of Chicago and is a Trustee of the Chicago Painters and Decorators Pension Fund.
Beatty has been an Illinois resident for 59 years. He and his wife Pam have three adult children.
William A. “Bill” Lowry, Sr.
William A. “Bill” Lowry, Sr. was named to the Capital Development Board in May 2014. He is President and Managing Shareholder of Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, P.C., a Chicago law firm with 47 attorneys. His specialty is in Workers' Compensation and Employer Liability Law. Bill has received numerous professional recognitions, including being named among Chicago’s Best Lawyers. He is the author of several legal articles and presents lectures at seminars relating to insurance and employment law. Bill is a board member of Lake Forest College, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Family Directions, Legal Prep Charter Academies, Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services and The Ancona School.
Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Steven Orlando to the Capital Development Board in April 2015. Orlando brings a marketing and insurance background to the board. Currently, Orlando is the Vice President of Sales for the Candos Agency, which is an insurance and financial services agency. He has worked for the agency since 2005 and markets health insurance and other benefits to small employers and individuals. Prior to the Candos Agency, Orlando worked for Heartland Blood Centers as a marketing representative. He assisted churches, businesses and high schools with blood drives by recruiting donor and supplying prizes and gifts. Orlando also worked at Farmers Insurance for nearly three years as a personal lines underwriter. Orlando earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Plainfield.
Pamela McDonough of Chicago was named to the Capital Development Board in November, 2015
She brings more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to the board.
McDonough is the President of the DeAngelo McDonough Construction Management Company. She has been with the construction management company since 2003. She also serves as President of McDonough Enterprises, Ltd., which is a business development company that performs technical assistance and association management for not-for-profits. Before this work, McDonough served as the first woman director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. Under her leadership Illinois ranked first in the nation for economic development in 2001 and 2002. She also served in many other state government leadership roles including serving as Deputy Director of the Capital Development Board from 1992 to 1995.
McDonough is an active member of the community. She sits on the Affirmative Action Advisory Board, the Federation of Women Contractors Board, the Women’s Business Development Center Board and the Wilbur Wright College President’s Advisory Committee.
McDonough earned her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Sangamon State University. She lives in Chicago.
Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Jack Carney to the Capital Development Board in February 2016. His experience in construction and construction management will bring a valuable perspective to the position.
Carney previously managed ASC Construction, a heavy construction company in Boise, Idaho that specialized in dams, power houses, pulp and paper mills, and industrial projects. Carney was previously the President of Gray International and the VP of the Western Region at Morrison-Knudsen.
Carney holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. He lives in Arlington Heights.