Chicago Codes
Revolving Door at City Hall

By: Linda Seggelke
Index Publishing

In light of the revolving doors at City Hall, Index thought it might be a nice idea to update you as to who's who in the main departments that we work with. The latest list of names to present are: John E. Knight, Commissioner Department of Buildings; Lori Healey, Commissioner of Chicago's Planning Department; Christopher Bushell, Acting Executive Director of the Department of Construction and Permits; and Thomas P. Smith, Acting Zoning Administrator for the City of Chicago Zoning Department.

On November 10th, Mayor Richard Daley named John E. Knight the new buildings commissioner. Knight has spent 25 years in management positions for technological companies. "I'm excited about the opportunity," Knight said of his new position. "My priority simply is to make buildings safer."

In October, Mayor Daley announced that Lori Healey is returning to city hall to take over the Planning Department. "Lori will be responsible for leading the city's efforts to not only attract and retain businesses but to help them expand and create more jobs," Daley said at a City Hall news conference to announce the appointment. "She will be deeply involved in neighborhood development."

"A clear decision-making process within the Department of Planning and Development and all other agencies concerned with development issues is of paramount importance in sending a message that Chicago is, will continue to be, the city that works," Healey said.

Christopher Bushell presently serves as the Acting Executive Director of the Department of Construction and Permits. In May 2004, Chris was named First Deputy Director of the same department. In this capacity he works extensively with the design, construction and development communities in Chicago to increase public safety and awareness through the issuance of construction permits.

In June of 2004, Thomas P. Smith was named Acting Zoning Administrator for the City of Chicago Zoning Department. Tom has more than 20 years of experience in land use planning, zoning policy analysis, and project management in the field of urban planning. He is the author of numerous studies on housing, real estate development, and local land-use planning.

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