Elbert Shaw has more than 35 years of experience in management, including 18 years in charge of economic development in the Village of University Park, Illinois. 


This included land acquisitions, development agreements, annexations, infrastructure development, comprehensive and strategic planning, crisis management, critical path analysis, infrastructure development including industrial and residential roads, industrial and residential construction inspection, and golf course re-construction and management.


As Village Manager, Mr. Shaw managed 178 employees.  He was directly responsible for developing and managing a $13 million budget.  As Chief Administrative Officer Shaw was directly responsible for the departments of Police, Fire, Finance, Law, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Planning, Economic Development, Community Relations, and Code Enforcement. He was also Staff Liaison to the Plan Commission, Industrial Commercial Development Commission, and the Housing Council.


During his tenure, and as the Village’s agent, Mr.Shaw acted as General Contractor on the construction of a new Police Station ($1.5mil), Village Hall reconstruction ($.8mil), Towncenter (shopping center) reconstruction ($1.2 mil), Central Avenue construction ($6.0mil), University Parkway rehabilitation and reconstruction ($4.4mil), and Dralle Road’s construction ($5.0mil).

In 2003 Shaw initiated and managed the acquisition of a 140 acre golf course for the municipality and built a $2.0mil clubhouse.  The acquisition required that I put together a $6.5mil bond and sell the concept to the financial community.


From 1988 to 2005 he developed and managed what is believed to be the most successful Tax Increment Financing Industrial Development program in the State of IL.  Shaw and the University Park Board of Trustees distinguished themselves from others by relocating companies without creating general obligation demands and increasing the tax burden on their residents.  This program brought 46 new companies, employing 3500 people with nearly 6 million square feet under roof.  The new Fair Market Value is estimated at $1.2 Billion.


Since 1987 Shaw has compiled landowner information for the proposed Abraham Lincoln National Airport's 23,000 acre footprint.  Since 2000 this database has been expanded to include 120 square miles.  He has served as the Recording Secretary of the Airport’s Commission since its inception in October of 2003.  He has been an active participant, within the 2nd Congressional District and the Founding Mayors, in all airport-related negotiations with the world-class developers LCOR and SNC-Lavalin.


Additional duties included Residential Building Plan Review, subdivision review, Road plan review, and inspection of homes, roads, and factories during their construction.


In 1993 Mr. Shaw successfully lobbied the Illinois Legislature to create a new Sanitary Sewer & Waterworks District within the municipal boundaries of University Park.  It was the first District to be successfully created (out of 21 other attempts) since 1968.

To contact Elbert B. Shaw, call (708) 259-1963.