Lansing's planning director gets new job

2014-02-28T14:23:00Z 2014-02-28T21:27:37Z Lansing's planning director gets new jobGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 28, 2014 2:23 pm  • 

LANSING | The village’s director of planning and economic development in Lansing has resigned her post to accept a new job, but is still working to ensure the village’s Comprehensive Plan is completed properly.

“I want to see this through to completion,” said Kristi DeLaurentiis, who held the village post for a little more than two years.

She resigned the position to accept a job as director of public affairs and community development with Glen Ellyn-based Metro Strategies Inc., where she will be involved with projects related to economic development across the metropolitan area, rather than just in one community.

“Being involved with public affairs and community development, that is where my interests have always been,” DeLaurentiis said.

As for the Comprehensive Plan that village officials have been working on for the past few years, DeLaurentiis said she expects a new draft in coming weeks. The Village Board could approve a plan by early May, which would bring an end to her Lansing duties.

The plan is meant to give direction to what Lansing hopes to become in the next few decades, DeLaurentiis said.

She already is working at her Metro Strategies position, where she is involved in a project helping the Cook County Transportation Department set up kiosks for the next 30 days at various locations so people can express their opinions about what road repairs are most important to them.

Among the locations where kiosks will be set up are at the public libraries at 2750 Indiana Ave., in Lansing and 25 W. 15th St., in Chicago Heights.

Despite leaving the village payroll, DeLaurentiis said she and her husband, John, who remains as manager of the Lansing Municipal Airport, will continue to live in Lansing.

“I’m committed to Lansing, it’s a wonderful community,” she said.

As for replacing DeLaurentiis in her village post, Vivian Payne, an administrative assistant to Village President Norm Abbott, said there has been some discussion, but no action has taken place.

“She’s (DeLaurentiis) still here, there’s still some time before she will be gone completely,” Payne said.

DeLaurentiis came to Lansing after having previously worked for a decade with the Metropolitan Planning Council, where she developed contacts in the Illinois General Assembly, which she continued to use on behalf of Lansing government.

DeLaurentiis also was a former trustee at Governors State University in University Park.

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