Media advisory: Legislators to introduce bill requiring Illinois to make transportation and infrastructure investment decisions more transparent and equitable - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Media advisory: Legislators to introduce bill requiring Illinois to make transportation and infrastructure investment decisions more transparent and equitable

Ill. Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) and Ill. Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) will host a virtual news conference to discuss new legislation they are co-sponsoring to improve state transportation by making it more transparent, accountable, and equitable to all Illinois residents, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. 

Illinois residents and community leaders, along with transportation advocates will join the lawmakers to explain how Illinois’ transportation investments could better serve people, including connecting workers to jobs and services, protecting public health and safety, and contributing to economic development and job creation.  

WHAT:
News conference where lawmakers, residents, and community leaders will discuss how new legislation being introduced in the Illinois General Assembly would make state transportation investments more transparent and equitable for everyone. 

WHO:
Speakers:
Ill. Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago)
Ill. Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago)
Rochelle Jackson, Member, North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (invited)
Tom Kotarac, Senior Vice President, Transportation and Infrastructure, Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago
Mary Tyler, Transportation Analyst, Illinois Economic Policy Institute
Audrey Wennink, Transportation Director, Metropolitan Planning Council

WHEN:
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m. 

WHERE:
Please register for this virtual news conference here. Upon registration, you will receive the Zoom link to access Tuesday’s event.  

For more information, contact MPC Communications Consultant Mandy Burrell Booth at 773 640 1206 (m), or mburrellbooth@metroplanning.org.

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