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Jim Underwood
Executive Director



Jim Underwood, who has been Deputy Director of the Capital Development Board’s (CDB) Construction Division during the recent surge of construction under Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, has been named the new CDB Executive Director by a unanimous vote of the CDB Board.

Underwood joined CDB in September 2008 as Deputy Director of Construction. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Correctional Industries from February 2003 to August 2008, personnel manager for the Department of Corrections from February 2003 to March 2004, and the Illinois Secretary of State’s Physical Services Construction Division Chief from January 2001 to January 2003. Underwood was an apprentice and journeyman wireman and served as assistant business manager for IBEW Local 146 in Decatur. He earned a BA in Labor Studies at the Antioch College AFL-CIO George Meany Center for Labor Studies.

Underwood resides in Maroa with his wife, April, who is a teacher at Maroa-Forsyth Junior High School, and their two sons.










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