LiUNA VP Penn named to Pritzker Infrastructure Transition Team
Posted On: Dec 05, 2018
Chicago, IL — Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton announced the formation and members of the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee.
The committee is the tenth of several working groups of the transition made up of subject-matter experts who will advise and guide the incoming Pritzker-Stratton administration. The Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee will be chaired by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Dan Lipinski, Congressman-elect Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, state Sen. Martin A. Sandoval, and state Rep. Jay Hoffman and consists of 45 members.
“Illinois’ role as a transportation hub for the nation is a critical component of our economy,” said Governor-elect JB Pritzker. “My administration will prioritize a comprehensive 21st Century Capital Bill to build the infrastructure we need to restore Illinois’ place as an economic leader.”
“The Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee will focus on the surface, rail, water, broadband and community infrastructure improvements that will benefit every corner of the state,” said Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton. “It is time to capitalize on the boundless potential of our state and move forward.”
“We may be in the 21st Century, but some parts of Illinois still don’t have access to broadband internet that businesses and entrepreneurs need to succeed,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “This committee will make sure the incoming administration can start building up our high-speed broadband infrastructure and make access throughout the entire state a priority.”
“Roads and bridges across Illinois are in desperate need of attention, and this committee will take a serious look at how to leverage federal dollars to repair our crumbling infrastructure,” said Congressman Dan Lipinski. “As Illinois’ senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I know investments in our roads, public transit, and airports pay dividends, and I’m ready to get to work.”
“Transportation is critically important to the country and to industry, and that’s why I campaigned on securing more federal funding for public transit,” said Congressman-elect Jesús “Chuy” Garcia. “Rebuilding our infrastructure, especially investing in public transit projects, is essential for urban economic development and to ensure minorities have access to jobs and services.”
“As the chair of the Senate Special Committee on Supplier Diversity, I work to ensure public and private sector institutions offer opportunities for business and job growth for minority-, women- and Veteran-owned businesses, and I’ll do the same on this transition committee,” said state Sen. Martin A. Sandoval. “This work will build on the incoming administration’s commitment to building a state government that is representative of the people of Illinois, and I can’t wait to get started.”
“Illinois hasn’t passed a comprehensive capital bill in almost a decade, so it’s time we looked at investing in horizontal and vertical infrastructure improvements that will help our state thrive,” said state Rep. Jay Hoffman. “I’m excited to get to work on this committee to start identifying the infrastructure needs of communities across Illinois and crafting a bipartisan plan to rebuild our state.”
RESTORING ILLINOIS’ INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and represents Illinois’ 17th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bustos serves as a co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and was just elected to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She also serves as a Senior Whip in the Democratic Caucus and on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Bustos helped lead The Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Act, which seeks to close the digital divide by awarding grants for rural broadband projects. She also worked with members of both parties to pass the first long-term highway bill in more than a decade.
Congressman Dan Lipinski co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and represents Illinois’ 3rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lipinski is the most senior member from Illinois on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, serving on three subcommittees: Aviation; Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; and Highways and Transit. During his first term, he secured $100 million in federal funding to initiate the CREATE rail modernization program, a public-private partnership that is easing congestion on the road and rails in northeastern Illinois. Over the past few years, he has authored important provisions in critical bills covering all aspects of transportation, including the long-term federal funding bill to fix our roads and bridges, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, and the most recent FAA reauthorization.
Congressman-elect Jesús “Chuy” Garcia co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and will represent Illinois’ 4th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garcia campaigned on securing more federal funding for public transit. He previously served as Commissioner for the 7th District on the Cook County Board, a legislative body that allocates the county’s $3.5 billion budget. He was named floor leader by Board President Toni Preckwinkle and helped enact legislation that protects low income families, Veterans, and people with disabilities.
State Senator Martin A. Sandoval co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and represents Illinois’ 11th Senate district in the Illinois General Assembly. Since 2009, Sandoval has served as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, where he has brought federal transportation dollars to Illinois, and a first-in-the-nation bipartisan Special Committee on Supplier Diversity. He has worked to leverage federal stimulus funds to repair bridges and roads and is working to expand public transportation systems such as Amtrak. Sandoval has also focused on developing high speed rail and bring much-needed infrastructure improvements to areas around the state.
State Representative Jay Hoffman co-chairs the transition’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee and represents Illinois’ 113th House district in the Illinois General Assembly. He serves as an assistant majority leader in the House and as the chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee. Hoffman worked on Illinois’ previous infrastructure bill and has fought for capital construction projects, bringing back much needed state funding to build new roads, schools and the new McKinley and Mississippi River Bridges in the past. Hoffman is a former prosecutor, law enforcement official, state legislator, small businessman and public policy advocate.
Ralph Affrunti, President, Chicago Building Trades
Jimmy Akintonde, President and CEO, UJAMAA Construction
Luis Arroyo, State Representative, Illinois General Assembly
MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
Dave Bender, President and CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies
Tom Benigno, Chief of Staff, Office of Secretary of State Jesse White
Hardik Bhatt, Leader of Digital Government, Amazon Web Services
Tom Carper, Board Chair, Amtrak
Dorval Carter, President, Chicago Transit Authority
Leslie Darling, Executive Director, Chicago Infrastructure Trust