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Business Leaders for Transportation to Host Forum with Rep. Mark Kirk on Oct. 28, 2003

One of a series to discuss transportation issues vital to area businesses

As Congress works to find consensus on funding for the next federal transportation bill, Business Leaders for Transportation is rallying local leaders to prepare for complementary state action. In a continuing effort to ensure a strong federal commitment to transportation funding, the group is hosting a series of forums among members of the Illinois congressional delegation and their area business leaders to gather support for key changes to the federal distribution formula and identify transportation investment priorities.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at NIU Hoffman Estates, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Deerfield) will be the featured speaker at the second of five public forums with members of Congress to address transportation issues important to the local business community. Other speakers include Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano, talking about the proposed STAR line; Sears Director of Asset Utilization Jim Terrell, on transportation as an employee benefit; and Consultant Stan Pepper of Pepper Construction on the work of Business Leaders for Transportation. Kathy Gilmer, director of outreach services for Northeastern Illinois University, will moderate. Co-sponsors of the forum are the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, CenterPoint Properties, Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, Motorola, NIU Hoffman Estates, Prairie Stone TMA, Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce, SBC, Sears Roebuck and Co., and Transportation for Illinois Coalition.

“Illinois receives $.93 for every dollar it sends to Washington, D.C. Given our population concentration and complex transportation network, Business Leaders for Transportation members are pushing for a fairer share of federal dollars in TEA-3,” said MarySue Barrett, president of Metropolitan Planning Council, which co-leads Business Leaders with Chicago Metropolis 2020 and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “Better funding will be critical to meeting all transportation needs — roads, transit, and freight.”

Business Leaders for Transportation, a coalition of nearly 150 members representing more than 12,000 regional employers, provides a collective voice for Chicago-area businesses on surface transportation issues. Of central importance to the coalition is increased state and federal transportation funding for northeastern Illinois, supported by coordinated planning to achieve the most efficient and desirable return on transportation system investments.


Public forum on federal transportation funding


Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.


Northern Illinois University Hoffman Estates, 5555 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates, Ill.


  • U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
  • Phil Pagano, executive director, Metra
  • Stan Pepper, consultant, Pepper Construction
  • Jim Terrell, director of asset utilization, Sears Roebuck and Co.
  • Kathy Gilmer, director of outreach services, NIU (moderator)

The forum is free to members of the working media, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Karyn Romano at 312.863.6005.

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