Business Leaders for Transportation to Host Forum with Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Nov. 17, 2003 - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Business Leaders for Transportation to Host Forum with Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Nov. 17, 2003

Third in a series to discuss transportation issues vital to area businesses

After New York City, northeastern Illinois is the second largest transit provider in the nation. Commuters and their employers depend on that transportation network to keep business moving in the Chicago region. As congressional leaders work to find consensus on funding for the next federal transportation bill — which could have a dramatic effect on future transit service — Business Leaders for Transportation is bringing together members of the Illinois delegation and their area business leaders to rally around investment priorities for the region.

On Monday, Nov. 17, at Northwestern University in Evanston, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Chicago) will be the featured speaker at the third of six public forums with members of Congress to address transportation issues important to the local business community. Co-sponsors of the forum are CenterPoint Properties, Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry, DevNorth Corp., Edgewater Development Corporation, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, Transportation Center at Northwestern University, Transportation for Illinois Coalition, Uptown Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Community Development Corporation, and West Ridge Chamber of Commerce .

“The Chicago region has one of the best transit systems in the country, but to keep it that way we need to make sure the new Federal legislation meets our needs, and that we have enough local and state dollars to match the federal funds,” said Jim LaBelle, deputy director of Chicago Metropolis 2020, which co-leads Business Leaders with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Business Leaders for Transportation, a coalition of 180 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


Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.


Norris University Center, Northwestern University, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston


  • U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
  • Peter Glick, First Vice President, LaSalle Capital Markets
  • Jim LaBelle, Deputy Director, Chicago Metropolis 2020
  • Paula Thibeault, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority
  • Bob Gallamore, Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center (moderator)

The forum is free to members of the working media, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Natashia Holmes at 312.863.6022.


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