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Business Leaders for Transportation to Host Forum with Rep. Rahm Emanuel on April 15

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

A final version of the federal transportation bill may pass as early as April 30, 2004, and strong bipartisan cooperation could result in a more generous final package than the $256 billion limit set by President Bush. Business Leaders for Transportation is pushing for legislation that addresses northeastern Illinois’ complex transportation — and especially mass transit — needs. The group is hosting a second series of forums to bring together business leaders and their congressional representatives to rally for improvements to the Chicago region system to ensure it remains a healthy place to do business.

On Thursday, April 15, 2004, at DePaul University in Chicago, U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-5th District) will speak at the second in a 2004 series of forums with members of Congress to address transportation issues important to the local business community. Other speakers will be MarySue Barrett, president of the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Miguel d’Escoto, commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Transportation. The series is sponsored by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and Thursday’s forum is co-hosted by DePaul University, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce, and West Cook Community Development Corporation. The forum follows a series in late 2003 that brought together congressmen and local leaders with more than 500 concerned constituents.

“Our region requested funding for a dozen transit projects in the next bill, including the new CTA Circle Line and extension of the Red and Yellow lines, which we’ll need to get a growing population of commuters to their jobs,” said Barrett, whose organization co-leads Business Leaders with Chicago Metropolis 2020 and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Business Leaders for Transportation, a coalition of nearly 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, April 15, 2004, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.


DePaul University, Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont, Chicago. Click here for a campus map (Cortelyou Commons is No. 40).   


  • U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-5th District)
  • MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Miguel d’Escoto, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Joseph Schwieterman, Director, Chaddick Institute (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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