Business Leaders for Transportation to Host Forum with Reps. Hyde and Biggert and DuPage Chair Schillerstrom on Dec. 18, 2003 - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Business Leaders for Transportation to Host Forum with Reps. Hyde and Biggert and DuPage Chair Schillerstrom on Dec. 18, 2003

Final in 2003 series to discuss transportation issues vital to area businesses

DuPage County has a healthy reputation as a place to do business, and its transportation network is a vital ingredient. As congressional leaders work to find consensus on funding for the next federal transportation bill, Business Leaders for Transportation is bringing together members of the Illinois delegation and area business leaders to rally around investment priorities for the region.

On Thursday, Dec. 18, at CenterPoint Properties in Oak Brook, U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Addison), U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Clarendon Hills), and DuPage County Board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom will be the featured speakers at the fifth and final public forum of 2003 with members of Congress to address transportation issues important to the local business community.

Co-sponsors of the forum are Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., CenterPoint Properties, DuPage County, DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference, Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, Lemont Area Chamber of Commerce, Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce, Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, Transportation For Illinois Coalition, and Union Pacific Railroad .

"For business to operate efficiently, people need to be able reach their destinations in a timely fashion and goods should arrive on schedule. Northeastern Illinois is seeking a strong federal commitment to improvements in our transportation system. This requires all of us to work together strategically on our request both to the elected officials in Washington, D.C. and the department staff that will implement new programs," said Ed King, director of Government & Community Relations for Walgreens, co-chair of the Transportation Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Council, and board member of the Metropolitan Planning Council, which co-leads Business Leaders for Transportation with Chicago Metropolis 2020 and the 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


Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.


CenterPoint Properties, 1808 Swift Drive, Oak Brook


  • U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Addison)
  • U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Clarendon Hills)
  • Robert Schillerstrom, Chair, DuPage County Board of Commissioners
  • Michael Fergus, President, SIRVA Moving Services
  • Ed King, Director, Government and Community Relations, Walgreens and Co-Chair, Metropolitan Planning Council Transportation Committee (moderator)

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