About CDB

Welcome to the Illinois Capital Development Board

As the construction management agency for Illinois state government since 1972, the Capital Development Board (CDB) oversees the construction of new state facilities, such as prisons, college and university classroom buildings, mental health hospitals and state parks. In addition, CDB is responsible for renovation and rehabilitation projects at the State's 8,771 state-owned buildings containing more than 101,085,618 square-feet of floor space.

The agency also works with the Illinois State Board of Education to administer grants for school construction and renovation to local elementary and secondary school districts through the School Construction Program. In addition to its construction duties, CDB also is responsible for the removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead from state-owned facilities, the replacement of leaking underground storage tanks on state property and the remodeling of state buildings to accommodate persons with disabilities.

Established to better manage the state's capital improvement programs, the agency is guided by a seven-member, bi-partisan board that deliberates matters of policy, approves the selection of design professionals through the 1991 Qualifications-Based Selection System and sets direction for the agency. The board members, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Illinois Senate, serve four-year, unpaid terms. They also are charged with selecting an executive director, who is responsible for the daily operation and management of the agency and its employees.