A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

I’m happy to announce that on July 19, the IMDC Board of Commissoners formally adopted the updated IMD Master Plan. This milestone comes after 16 months of data anaylsis, research, focus groups, meetings with residents and elected officials and a public feedback period.  

I want to thank all of our stakeholders who helped make this project a success. We heard your concerns and opinions about the future direction of the IMD, and we believe that you will find your invaluable input reflected throughout this updated version of the IMD Master Plan.  

Of course, finalizing the updated Master Plan was just the first of several important steps toward achieving our shared vision for the IMD. The existing zoning ordinance applicable to the IMD, known as Planned Development 30, or PD 30, will be amended to reflect the updated Master Plan. Our staff are preparing the amendment and will work closely with various City departments and stakeholders to facilitate passage and enactment.  

Together, and with this updated plan, we plan to transform the IMD into the national model of a vibrant, thriving urban medical district.  


Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  

Job Opportunity: IMDC Staff Accountant

The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) is seeking a candidate for a full-time Staff Accountant. Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer, the Staff Accountant provides management with financial information by researching and analyzing accounts, and preparing financial statements. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional details or to apply for the position, click here. 

IMD Guest House Annual Golf Outing

IMD Guest House

On Thursday, August 4, the IMD Guest House will host its sixth annual golf outing and fundraiser at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont, IL. Guests will enjoy 18 holes of golf at a world class course, lunch, refreshments, dinner, a raffle and an awards ceremony. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Comfort Fund, which provides critical services and financial assistance to qualifying guests. Last year, the event raised over $100,000, making it the organization’s most successful fundraiser ever. To sign up or to learn about additional ways to donate, click here.  

CCAC Back to School Backpack Drive


Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) is hosting its annual Back to School Backpacks drive. You can make sure children have the tools they need to succeed in school this year. Donate new school supplies, host a drive or volunteer to sort donations the evening of Tuesday, August 9. For more information, click here.

Easterseals Re-branding

With temperatures climbing into the 90's and 100's recently, we'd like to provide some important summer weather safety tips to share internally and with your stakeholders.  The CDC recommends three basic tips to help keep you safe during periods of extreme heat: 

    1. Stay Cool: stay inside air conditioned buildings whenever possible.
    2. Stay Hydrated: drink more water than usual, as your body loses fluid through sweat
    3. Stay Informed: Check your local newscast for weather forecasts to help you prepare

In addition, it’s especially important to check on your family, friends and neighbors who are more vulnerable to extreme heat. This includes children, the elderly, the disabled and people with pre-existing medical conditions. If you’re not comfortable checking on someone, you can always call your local authorities to ask for a well-being check. For more information on summer heat safety, click here



Don’t Forget!

Stay up to date on events and training courses throughout the District by bookmarking the IMD&U calendar. If you're hosting an event that you'd like added to the calendar, fill out this form and we'll publish it. When submitting an event for the calendar, please fill in all fields on the application.  

If you'd like to submit an entry for the monthly newsletter, email Ryan Gage at RGage@medicaldistrict.org. Please submit your entries no later than the 20th day of each month.


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