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Pritzker transition unveils infrastruction committee

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018

* Press release…

Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton announced the formation and members of the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee.

The committee is the tenth of several working groups of the transition made up of subject-matter experts who will advise and guide the incoming Pritzker-Stratton administration. The Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee will be chaired by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Dan Lipinski, Congressman-elect Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, state Sen. Martin A. Sandoval, and state Rep. Jay Hoffman and consists of 45 members.

“Illinois’ role as a transportation hub for the nation is a critical component of our economy,” said Governor-elect JB Pritzker. “My administration will prioritize a comprehensive 21st Century Capital Bill to build the infrastructure we need to restore Illinois’ place as an economic leader.”

“The Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee will focus on the surface, rail, water, broadband and community infrastructure improvements that will benefit every corner of the state,” said Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton. “It is time to capitalize on the boundless potential of our state and move forward.”

“We may be in the 21st Century, but some parts of Illinois still don’t have access to broadband internet that businesses and entrepreneurs need to succeed,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “This committee will make sure the incoming administration can start building up our high-speed broadband infrastructure and make access throughout the entire state a priority.”

“Roads and bridges across Illinois are in desperate need of attention, and this committee will take a serious look at how to leverage federal dollars to repair our crumbling infrastructure,” said Congressman Dan Lipinski. “As Illinois’ senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I know investments in our roads, public transit, and airports pay dividends, and I’m ready to get to work.”

“Transportation is critically important to the country and to industry, and that’s why I campaigned on securing more federal funding for public transit,” said Congressman-elect Jesús “Chuy” Garcia. “Rebuilding our infrastructure, especially investing in public transit projects, is essential for urban economic development and to ensure minorities have access to jobs and services.”

“As the chair of the Senate Special Committee on Supplier Diversity, I work to ensure public and private sector institutions offer opportunities for business and job growth for minority-, women- and Veteran-owned businesses, and I’ll do the same on this transition committee,” said state Sen. Martin A. Sandoval. “This work will build on the incoming administration’s commitment to building a state government that is representative of the people of Illinois, and I can’t wait to get started.”

“Illinois hasn’t passed a comprehensive capital bill in almost a decade, so it’s time we looked at investing in horizontal and vertical infrastructure improvements that will help our state thrive,” said state Rep. Jay Hoffman. “I’m excited to get to work on this committee to start identifying the infrastructure needs of communities across Illinois and crafting a bipartisan plan to rebuild our state.”

RESTORING ILLINOIS’ INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and represents Illinois’ 17th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bustos serves as a co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and was just elected to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She also serves as a Senior Whip in the Democratic Caucus and on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Bustos helped lead The Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Act, which seeks to close the digital divide by awarding grants for rural broadband projects. She also worked with members of both parties to pass the first long-term highway bill in more than a decade.

Congressman Dan Lipinski co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and represents Illinois’ 3rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lipinski is the most senior member from Illinois on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, serving on three subcommittees: Aviation; Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; and Highways and Transit. During his first term, he secured $100 million in federal funding to initiate the CREATE rail modernization program, a public-private partnership that is easing congestion on the road and rails in northeastern Illinois. Over the past few years, he has authored important provisions in critical bills covering all aspects of transportation, including the long-term federal funding bill to fix our roads and bridges, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, and the most recent FAA reauthorization.

Congressman-elect Jesús “Chuy” Garcia co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and will represent Illinois’ 4th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garcia campaigned on securing more federal funding for public transit. He previously served as Commissioner for the 7th District on the Cook County Board, a legislative body that allocates the county’s $3.5 billion budget. He was named floor leader by Board President Toni Preckwinkle and helped enact legislation that protects low income families, Veterans, and people with disabilities.

State Senator Martin A. Sandoval co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and represents Illinois’ 11th Senate district in the Illinois General Assembly. Since 2009, Sandoval has served as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, where he has brought federal transportation dollars to Illinois, and a first-in-the-nation bipartisan Special Committee on Supplier Diversity. He has worked to leverage federal stimulus funds to repair bridges and roads and is working to expand public transportation systems such as Amtrak. Sandoval has also focused on developing high speed rail and bring much-needed infrastructure improvements to areas around the state.

State Representative Jay Hoffman co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and represents Illinois’ 113th House district in the Illinois General Assembly. He serves as an assistant majority leader in the House and as the chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee. Hoffman worked on Illinois’ previous infrastructure bill and has fought for capital construction projects, bringing back much needed state funding to build new roads, schools and the new McKinley and Mississippi River Bridges in the past. Hoffman is a former prosecutor, law enforcement official, state legislator, small businessman and public policy advocate.

Ralph Affrunti, President, Chicago Building Trades

Jimmy Akintonde, President and CEO, UJAMAA Construction

Luis Arroyo, State Representative, Illinois General Assembly

MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council

Dave Bender, President and CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies

Tom Benigno, Chief of Staff, Office of Secretary of State Jesse White

Hardik Bhatt, Leader of Digital Government, Amazon Web Services

Tom Carper, Board Chair, Amtrak

Dorval Carter, President, Chicago Transit Authority

Leslie Darling, Executive Director, Chicago Infrastructure Trust

Kirk Dillard, Chair, Regional Transportation Authority

Rocky Donahue, Board Chair, Illinois State University

Clint Drury, Executive Director, West Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council

Catherine Dunlap, Technical Committee Chair, O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission

Marcus C. Evans Jr., State Representative, Illinois General Assembly

Mike Forde, Partner, Forde Law Offices

Ken Franklin, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308

David Glassman, President, Eastern Illinois University

Alan Golden, President, Northwestern Illinois Building Trades

Mike Jackson, Fellow, American Institute of Architects

Tom Kotarac, Vice President of Transportation and Infrastructure, Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago

Kristi Lafleur, President and CEO, Ascend Infrastructure

Jack Lavin, President and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Michael McDermott, Director of State Government Affairs, Verizon Communications

Wilbur Milhouse, Chair and CEO, Milhouse Engineering and Construction

Josina Morita, Commissioner, Metropolitan Reclamation District

Johnny Mullins, Senior VDC Engineering Manager, Lendlease US Construction and Development

Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines

John Penn, Vice President and Midwest Regional Manager, Laborers’ International Union of
North America

Marc Poulos, Executive Director, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting

Gary Schafer, President, Launchways

Rebekah Scheinfeld, Manager, City of Chicago Department of Transportation

Smita Shah, CEO, SPAAN Tech

Ed Smith, CEO, Ullico

Ivan Solis, President, Hispanic American Construction Industry Association

Liisa Stark, Assistant Vice President for the Northern Region, Union Pacific

Mike Sturino, President and CEO, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders

Jason Tai, Principal, Tai Ginsburg and Associates

Don Villar, Secretary-Treasurer, Chicago Federation of Labor

Gilbert Villegas, Alderman, City of Chicago

Thoughts?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

43 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:16 pm:

    ===Tom Benigno, Chief of Staff, Office of Secretary of State Jesse White===

    This tells me that license plate fee hikes are on the table as a possible partial funding source.


  2. - Lt Guv - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:19 pm:

    I’d like to see a representative of the Active Transportation Alliance on the group.


  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:22 pm:

    “The Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee will focus on the surface…that will benefit every corner of the state,” said Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton. Yet once again a committee with little downstate representation. I hate to keep harping on this but maybe just one committee could include some of the people south of I-64 and more than one-two from central Illinois. sigh.


  4. - Smitty Irving - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:25 pm:

    Hardik Bhatt? As in DOIT? ERP?


  5. - Liandro - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:26 pm:

    Chicago, the unions, and various industry types are all well represented. Not so much local governments or municipalities. Hopefully Verizon, the CTA, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, etc., all know those rural needs well. But the academics made it!

    Also, not much IDOT presence?


  6. - dbk - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    Happy to see the administration-to-be remembered to appoint an AMTRAK representative, but sorry to see that (from the committee’s composition) not a lot of attention is going to go to high speed rail. It would have been great to have a rep from
    https://www.midwesthsr.org/


  7. - Matthew - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:36 pm:

    I’m really shocked to not see Rockford people on this list. How about some folks from our airport? Or aerospace companies? Or shipping? It’s what we do, and I don’t get it.


  8. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:36 pm:

    I like seeing some telecom representation on their. Statewide IT upgrades are as important to growing businesses/jobs as repaving the roads.


  9. - Not It - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Other than maybe MarySue Barrett I’m not seeing anyone that represents or advocates for users of infrastructure. I see plenty of people who build or manage.

    Also, Rebekah Scheinfeld isn’t CDOT’s “manager,” she is the “Commissioner.”


  10. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:43 pm:

    Did Amazon choose Hardik Bhatt to represent them, or did the Pritzker Team? Seems an odd choice considering…

    https://capitolfax.com/2017/04/26/the-strange-case-of-that-71-million-for-doit/

    https://www.sj-r.com/news/20170424/illinois-technology-chiefs-memberships-cost-208k


  11. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:47 pm:

    The broadband expansion would be a quick win and a good booster for economic development across the entire state. Downstate and Western Illinois would benefit as much as Chicago. I’d like to see municipalities get the chance to run their own gigabit fiber to the home from a state-run backbone like ICN. The competition would be good for consumers and entrepreneurs. Currently the comms lobby has spent millions to shut that option out.


  12. - LilLebowskiUrbanAchiever - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:48 pm:

    This is the first disappointing committee. Appointing Harik Bhatt,the dude who has wasted 100s of millions of dollars on ERP? Whyyyyy?

    Dan Lipinski doesn’t add anything. Neither does Chuy. Feels like they felt compelled to add members of congrsss and squeezed them in here.

    The size is insane. No way they can get anything productive done.

    And there a lot of advocates, but few experts. All the things I was impressed by with the other committees (balance, focus, size) went out the window with this one.


  13. - City Zen - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:58 pm:

    All meetings to take place on Metra’s BNSF line


  14. - Ares - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:58 pm:

    Rep Lipinski has an engineering degree from Northwestern, and is a strong believer in quality infrastructure of all kinds. The composition of the committee is balanced, if a bit too big to be manageable.


  15. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:58 pm:

    Serious question lots of people and lots of committees
    Is there s time line? How often do they meet are they to give formal proposals? If so when? And are they subject to foia?


  16. - Left Leaner - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:04 pm:

    Agree a bit with LLUC. This one’s BIG.

    Guessing the Congresspeople are there to ensure federal $ makes its way to Illinois. And doesn’t Lipinski’s district have a whole bunch of train yards?


  17. - Tequila Mockingbird - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:35 pm:

    Jelly Belly sure likes his committees.
    How does one get appointed? I’m feeling left out- like I’m the only person not yet on a committee. Waiting for the call…


  18. - anon - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:45 pm:

    NO ONE from Metra except their lobbyist Jason Tai? Why?


  19. - South of Sherman - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:48 pm:

    Infrastruction?


  20. - Shemp - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 2:09 pm:

    This is one where I would LOVE to see a small road contractor have a seat at the table. Not a trade council representing them, but just a small contractor that has to deal with all the b.s. to get public works projects done. And I agree with Liandro on the lack of local gov presence.


  21. - Aim to Misbehave - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    Connected infrastructure / smart infrastructure os going to be a big oart of the future. There really should be a telecom rep on this committee.

    It’d be nice to see motorcycles represented on the committee as well especially given how much noise ABATE has raised about autonomous vehicles and the issues they pose to motorcyclists in Illinois.


  22. - reddevil1 - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 2:18 pm:

    Don’t like the appointment of Bhatt…way to many questions about spending on the ERP program.


  23. - ERP defined - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:01 pm:

    Most effective and most costly ‘Early Retirement Program’ ever rolled out. A few hundred mil here, a few hundred there…


  24. - Scott Fawell's Cellmate - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    Good call on having lots of Congresscritters here.

    We’ll need help from DC if we’re going to do an impactful capital/infrastructure plan.


  25. - LTSW - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:14 pm:

    Are Jack Lavin and Kristi LaFleur always paired together?


  26. - Union No - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    Loaded with union hacks, step up to the trough folks.


  27. - LilLebowskiUrbanAchiever - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:36 pm:

    Scott Falwell-

    You think divided government in DC is going to help? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard today.

    Just like the last capital bill, we’ll be going it alone.


  28. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:40 pm:

    Labor leaders, seriously Bhatt is a major
    privatizer
    and
    outsourcer
    The frontline is not going to be happy about this.
    Again,
    This is one of those times when the absence of a frontliner on the transition committee is really evident.
    Any state worker would have immediately gone into a fit of….”Harkik Bhatt? Oh Hell no”


  29. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 4:14 pm:

    It is interesting that there is no representation from the manufacturing sector on there, unless I am missing it. They would seemingly be one of the biggest consumers of Illinois’ infrastructure. I understand the political landscape.


  30. - Anon - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 5:19 pm:

    Pretty sure they meant the Rocky Donahue that is Interim Director of Pace Suburban Bus, but whatevs. These committees are ridiculous and will accomplish next to nothing.


  31. - NoSurprise - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 5:21 pm:

    I find it interesting that there isn’t any downstate folks on this committee. The infrastructure problems down here are just as important, but then again Pritzker and most lawmakers forget we exist down here.


  32. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 5:22 pm:

    ==- Lt Guv - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:19 pm:

    I’d like to see a representative of the Active Transportation Alliance on the group.==

    Agreed. Is Josina Morita the only representative focused on water, sewage, and river systems?


  33. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 5:30 pm:

    ===there isn’t any downstate folks on this committee===

    Your eyesight appears to be as bad as your grammar.


  34. - South Side Sam - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 8:20 pm:

    NO CMAP input ?


  35. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 8:30 pm:

    ==NO CMAP input ?==
    It’s possible 1-2 future CMAP board members may be in this group. But no current members.


  36. - Just Me - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 8:36 pm:

    Anon at 5:19: Mr. Donahue is also chair of ISU in addition to being the new E.D. of Pace.

    However, your point is interesting because there are representatives of RTA, CTA, and Pace (if you include Rocky), but not Metra, nor downstate transit. The key towards funding for transit is to have downstate transit folks also included so it isn’t a Chicagoarea vs. downstate fight.


  37. - Smitty Irving - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 8:36 pm:

    Honeybee -
    Yours was the “polite” version …


  38. - pikes - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 10:36 pm:

    No one from passenger or freight rail labor orgs


  39. - Just Me - Wednesday, Dec 5, 18 @ 12:13 am:

    Was former Senator Risinger unavailable?


  40. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Dec 5, 18 @ 8:08 am:

    Every time one of these committees is announced someone complains about something. Nobody is on it from this town. Not enough downstate. Some group is represented that shouldn’t be. Get over it. I think some of you just need an excuse to whine about something.


  41. - BJ - Wednesday, Dec 5, 18 @ 12:08 pm:

    Counties, cities, and villages are on the front line of different infrastructure needs. I am referring to streets, bridges, viaducts, water utilities, stormwater drainage and more. There should be someone from the regional councils of government on this committee.


  42. - Hieronymus - Wednesday, Dec 5, 18 @ 5:24 pm:

    @>>
    The broadband expansion would be a quick win and a good booster for economic development across the entire state. Downstate and Western Illinois would benefit as much as Chicago. I’d like to see municipalities get the chance to run their own gigabit fiber to the home from a state-run backbone like ICN. The competition would be good for consumers and entrepreneurs. Currently the comms lobby has spent millions to shut that option out.


  43. - Hieronymus - Wednesday, Dec 5, 18 @ 6:30 pm:

    Rest of post: Amen. That would help keep at least some degree of net neutrality for some Illinoisans.


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