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Business Leaders for Transportation to Host Forum with Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. on Dec. 1, 2003

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

Transportation remains one of the region’s economic assets and challenges — northeastern Illinois reigns as the third largest intermodal hub in the world, but continually ranks as one of the nation’s five worst congested regions. As congressional leaders work to find consensus on funding for the next federal transportation bill — which could have a dramatic effect on future projects — Business Leaders for Transportation is bringing together members of the Illinois delegation and their area business leaders to rally around investment priorities that take into consideration the needs of the whole region.

On Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at the South Holland Community Center, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Chicago) will be the featured speaker at the fourth of six public forums in late 2003 with members of Congress to address transportation issues important to the local business community. Co-sponsors of the forum are CenterPoint Properties, Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, CSX Transportation, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, MI-JACK Products, Southwest Conference of Mayors, South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association, Transportation for Illinois Coalition, and United Transportation Union-Illinois Legislative Board .

“The Chicago region has one of the best transit systems in the country, but to keep it that way we need to speak with one regional voice, and be strategic in what we ask for in Washington, D.C.,” said Frank Beal, executive 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.


WHAT: Public forum on federal transportation funding

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: South Holland Community Center, 501 E. 170th St., South Holland


  • U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.)
  • Don DeGraff, President, Village of South Holland; Member, Calumet Corridor Planning Council
  • Jack Lanigan, Chairman of the Board, MI-JACK Products
  • Frank Beal, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolis 2020
  • Mike Schoelfield, Chairman, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation; Director of Marketing Baxter and Woodman (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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