John R. Hedrick

John is an attorney and consultant with a broad background in business law and government regulation. He worked with the Board of Directors of a Fortune 100 corporation for many years, and is currently a Senior Advisor to DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

As the founder of the Municipal Design Review Network, former President of the Scenic Illinois non-profit, and the state liaison for the national Scenic America organization, John has been involved with many civic and professional organizations. He served as the Chair of the Glenview Appearance Commission for many years, participating in over 1000 cases, and recently founded the Downtown Glenview, Inc. redevelopment organization.

John has been recognized for legal and planning accomplishments, including the following distinctions:

Conference Presentations:

  • Illinois Municipal League Panel – Sign Regulation
  • American Planning Association (APA) State Conference – Current Issues
  • APA-CMS Workshops re: Design Review and Design Guidelines
  • DePaul/Chaddick Institute programs, Sign Control Issues, Form-based Zoning
  • Scenic America National Conferences

Recent Publications/Articles:

  • APA Planning Magazine – Civitas by Design (2013)
  • APA Regional Government Newsletter – Networking for Design Review (2012)
  • APA Commissioner Magazine – Organizing for Better Design (2011)
  • "Community Appearance Regulation" monograph (DePaul University press)
  • Illinois Municipal League Journal – Networking for Design

Notable Achievements:

  • Lambda Alpha International – Land Economics Honor Society
  • Chair, Bar Association – Architecture project: Statewide Historic Preservation Ordinances
  • J.D. , B.S. – University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL (Admitted to Illinois Bar)
  • Certificate: Harvard School of Design – National Charette Institute Training
  • Special Achievement Award, DePaul University–Chaddick Institute (2019)