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The CMAP Board is chaired by Gerald Bennett, mayor of Palos Hills.  Its membership (click for a list, biosketches, or map of current Board members) reflects the regional consensus that led to creation of CMAP, featuring balanced representation from across the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  CMAP operates under authorizing legislation known as Public Act 095-0677.  Also see the agency's current by-laws.

 

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All Board Members (* indicates non-voting appointment)

    • Rita Athas
      Representing the City of Chicago

      Senior Advisor to the Board, World Business Chicago

      Rita Athas, now Senior Advisor on the Board of Directors for World Business Chicago, served as its president from December 2007 through May 2013, overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization and with input from the private-sector board developed its strategic direction.

      Rita Athas, now Senior Advisor on the Board of Directors for World Business Chicago, served as its president from December 2007 through May 2013, overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization and with input from the private-sector board developed its strategic direction. Athas came to the economic development corporation after having served as Mayor Richard M. Daley's deputy chief of staff for external affairs for 10 years. She was an executive director of the Northwest Municipal Conference, a 1988-89 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and now serves as the co-chair of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council and the board of Metropolis Strategies, Advisory Board for Chicago Sister Cities, and the Metropolitan Planning Council. She is a member of the Economic Club and Executive Club as well as the Chicago Council for Global Affairs. Athas was awarded an honorary doctorate from Elmhurst College, earned an MPA from Northern Illinois University and a BA degree from Elmhurst. She was a former NIPC Commissioner, worked with the Regional Task Force that created CMAP, and served as an original member of its Board from October 2005 to January 2009.

    • Frank Beal
      Representing the City of Chicago

      Senior Executive, Civic Consulting Alliance

      Frank Beal is a Senior Executive at the Civic Consulting Alliance, a public service consulting organization created by the Commercial Club of Chicago. 

      Between 2000 and 2014, he served as Executive Director of Metropolis Strategies.

      Beal serves on the board of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a public interest law and policy center dedicated to social justice issues.  Appointed to the CMAP Board by Mayor Daley as one of five representatives for the City of Chicago, Beal serves both the Waste Water Committee and the Regional Coordinating Committee.

      Beal graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's degree in urban planning and has a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Antioch College.

      Frank Beal is a Senior Executive at the Civic Consulting Alliance, a public service consulting organization created by the Commercial Club of Chicago. 

      Between 2000 and 2014, he served as Executive Director of Metropolis Strategies.

      Previously with Inland Steel Industries, Beal served as president and chief executive officer of Ryerson/West, a metals distribution company owned by Inland. He also held the positions of general manager of corporate planning and development and president of Ryerson International (an operating unit of Inland Steel Industries) and general manager of purchasing for Inland Steel Company.

      Prior to joining Inland, Beal was director of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources and a special assistant for energy and environmental affairs for Governor James Thompson.  Under Governor Richard Ogilvie, Beal served as the state's first deputy director of the Institute for Environmental Quality, which conducts research on energy, natural resources and environmental issues for the state.

      As a former employee of the American Planning Association, he has edited and published several books, articles and research reports on urban affairs and land use planning.

      Beal serves on the board of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a public interest law and policy center dedicated to social justice issues.  Appointed to the CMAP Board by Mayor Daley as one of five representatives for the City of Chicago, Beal serves both the Waste Water Committee and the Regional Coordinating Committee.

      Beal graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's degree in urban planning and has a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Antioch College.

    • Gerald Bennett
      Representing Southwest Cook County

      Mayor, City of Palos Hills

      While serving as Mayor of the City of Palos Hills since 1981, Gerald Bennett has been an outspoken advocate for uniting cities and villages. He founded and continues to serve as the President of the Southwest Conference of Mayors.  He was a co-founder and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Southwest Central Dispatch (an intergovernmental police and fire 911 service).  Bennett has served as past Chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and is currently a member of the Mayors Caucus Executive CommitteeAs the representative from Southwest Cook County, Bennett holds the position of Chair of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and its Executive Committee.

      While serving as Mayor of the City of Palos Hills since 1981, Gerald Bennett has been an outspoken advocate for uniting cities and villages. He founded and continues to serve as the President of the Southwest Conference of Mayors.  He was a co-founder and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Southwest Central Dispatch (an intergovernmental police and fire 911 service).  Bennett has served as past Chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and is currently a member of the Mayors Caucus Executive Committee.  He is also the President of the Illinois Municipal League and was named co-chair of the Mayors Caucus 2016 Olympic Regional Coordinating Committee.  As the representative from Southwest Cook County, Bennett holds the position of Chair of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and its Executive Committee.

      A businessman for more than 40 years, Bennett is President of Bennett Dental Labs, Inc., in Palos Hills.

      Bennett attended Lewis University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    • Matthew Brolley
      Representing Kane and Kendall Counties

      President, Village of Montgomery

      Matthew T. Brolley, P.E., CRM is currently serving as teh President of the Village of Montgomery, a community that spans both Kane and Kendall counties.  Brolley has more than ten years of professional experience in civil engineering, working for public and private sector clients in the fields of site development, and environmental, water, and natural resources.  Brolley is also a past president of the Metro West Council of Government.

      Matthew T. Brolley, P.E., CRM is currently serving as the President of the Village of Montgomery, a community that spans both Kane and Kendall counties.  Brolley has more than ten years of professional experience in civil engineering, working for public and private sector clients in the fields of site development, and environmental, water, and natural resources.  Brolley is also a past president of the Metro West Council of Government.

       

      Prior to serving as Village President, Brolley was on the Village of Montgomery Board of Trustees as well as serving as Chair of the Village's Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.  He has also serve on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.  He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified floodplain manager in Illinois.

       

      His recent work includes a multi-year Engineers without Borders project that will provide drinking water to the Village of Armenta, Honduras.

    • Franco Coladipietro
      Representing DuPage County

      President, Village of Bloomingdale

      Franco Coladipietro has served as Bloomingdale Village President since 2013.  Prior to serving as President, he represented the 45th Legislative District in the Illinois House of Representative for three terms and served as the minority spokesman for the Financial Institutions Committee and as a member of the Legislative Ethics Commission.  Coladipietro currently serves as a member of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Legislative Committee.

      Franco Coladipietro has served as Bloomingdale Village President since 2013.  Prior to serving as President, he represented the 45th Legislative District in the Illinois House of Representative for three terms and served as the minority spokesman for the Financial Institutions Committee and as a member of the Legislative Ethics Commission.  Coladipietro currently serves as a member of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Legislative Committee.

      Coladipietro holds a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School and served as a Staff Editor for The John Marshall Law Review.  He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, International Association of Assessing Officers and served as President of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.  Coladipietro, his wife Amy, and their children, Alyssa and Joey, have been proud to call Bloomingdale their family home since 2000.

      Coladipietro is a partner with the law office of Amari and Locallo, and practices exclusively in the area of property tax assessment matters on a nationwide basis.  His representative client base includes national Real Estate Investment Trusts, property management firms and commercial and industrial property owners.

    • Janel Forde
      Representing City of Chicago

      Chief Operating Officer

      Janel Forde rejoined the City of Chicago (City) in May 2016 to serve as its Chief Operating Officer.  In her role, she oversees city operations on behalf of the Mayor including human and physical infrastructure investments.  Prior to rejoining the City, Janel served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the state agency responsible for K-12 oversight, 38 regional offices of education and more than 850 districts.  She oversaw Human Resources/Labor Relations, Information Technology and Facility Management.

      Prior to joining ISBE, Janel served as Deputy Commissioner in the City's Department of Fleet and Facility Management.  Janel led the Energy and Performance Improvement bureau, which was responsible for procuring and managing more than $150 million in energy-related commodities and leading the City's fleet and facility-related performance improvement measures. 

      Before her appointment as Deputy, Janel served as Director for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the third largest school district in America.  She began her CPS tenure as a Director in the Office of the CEO where she led several strategic projects including the management of stimulus-related programs and funds.  She also helped to lead the Office of New Schools and oversaw the accountability processes for more than 100 charter and contract schools.

      Janel also held many positions in the private sector at the Boston Consulting Group, American Express, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup.

      Janel holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and a B.S. Economics with a dual concentration in Marketing and Management from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

      Janel currently lives in Chicago and enjoys traveling, baking, and all types of arts and crafts.

    • Elliott Hartstein
      Representing Lake County

      Former President, Village of Buffalo Grove

      The President of the Village of Buffalo Grove from 1999 to 2011, Hartstein has also served as a Village Trustee and Commissioner of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  He is a member of the Buffalo Grove Singers and Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce.  Representing Lake County, Hartstein is a member of the CMAP Board, serving on its Executive Committee as Vice-Chair and chairs its Regional Coordinating Committee.

      The President of the Village of Buffalo Grove from 1999 to 2011, Hartstein also previously served as a Village Trustee and Commissioner of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  He is a member of the Buffalo Grove Singers and Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Buffalo Grove Arts Commission.  The founding President, he was a Board member of the Northwest Suburban Jewish Community Center, a former Board member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and a former School Board member of Adlai Stevenson High School District 125.  Hartstein has served on the Illinois Municipal League Legislative Committee, and as a Board member and Vice President of the Illinois Municipal League.  He was an Executive Board member and a past President of the Northwest Municipal Conference, a past Chair of the Conference's Transportation Committee and Sensible Growth Committees, past Legislative Committee Co-Chair, and a former Executive Board member of the Lake County Municipal League.  He has served as a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Board of Directors.  Representing Lake County, Hartstein is a member of the CMAP Board, serving on its Executive Committee as Vice-Chair and chairs its Regional Coordinating Committee.

      A lawyer for over 40 years, Hartstein is currently with the firm of Hartstein & Associates with a concentration in real estate law.

      Hartstein obtained a Juris Doctorate degree at DePaul University and a Bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

    • Al Larson
      Representing Northwest Cook County

      President, Village of Schaumburg

      Larson has served Schaumburg as Village President since 1987. Representing Northwest Cook County, Larson is a member of the CMAP Board and serves both the Executive Committee and the Regional Coordinating Committee.

       

      Larson has served Schaumburg as Village President since 1987.  In that capacity, he initiated the development and adoption of concept plans for all the vacant land in the industrial/office/ commercial retail districts, establishing land use intensities (FARS), land use scenarios (office, commercial, retail, etc.) along with a traffic mitigation plan that would expand traffic network capacities to meet additional traffic load brought by such development.  He broadened the Village's cultural programming to include Schaumburg's Prairie Arts Festival, initiated efforts to develop a theatre workshop for young people that led to annual summer youth musicals, promoted development of the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, and pushed for the establishment of a youth ballet troupe that led to the founding of the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble.  He brought to the Village Manager and Village Board the initiative to acquire Schaumburg Airpark as a public airfield so it can be preserved as an asset for aviation, transportation, and long range economic development.  Larson has established cooperation with the Schaumburg Park District, securing them as co-equal partners in the acquisition process.  He initiated the Village's acquisition of Town Square Shopping Center to refocus its image as a vital part of developing a true "downtown" for the Village of Schaumburg, contacting the Schaumburg Township Library and the Schaumburg Park District to initiate the dialogue to establish their presence as part of Town Square's redevelopment.  He initiated acquisition of 45 acres for a Schaumburg convention center with a 500-room Marriott Renaissance Hotel and brought baseball to Schaumburg with the Schaumburg Flyers along with a drop-dead beautiful baseball stadium.

      Larson has served as past President of the Northwest Municipal Conference, Vice President of the Illinois Municipal League, Member of DuPage Mayor's and Manager's Board, PACE Board of Directors, Chair of Joint Action Water Agency, Member of O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, Board of Directors of Illinois Public Airports Association, Council of Mayors Executive Board, Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee for the National League of Cities, co-chair of the STAR Line Steering Committee and Governor's Climate Change Advisory Group. Representing Northwest Cook County, Larson is a member of the CMAP Board and serves both the Executive Committee and the Regional Coordinating Committee.

      Larson is a graduate of William Rainey Harper College and attended Illinois Institute of Technology.

    • Andrew Madigan
      Representing the City of Chicago

      Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial

      Andrew Madigan is responsible for originating and managing the development of property/casualty and employee benefits programs as well as growing client relationships throughout Mesirow Financial.  Appointed to the CMAP Board by Mayor Emanuel as one of five representatives for the City of Chicago, Madigan is also a member of the Regional Coordinating Committee.  He is a member of the City Club of Chicago and the Northwestern Club of Chicago.  Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and resides in the City of Chicago.

      Andrew Madigan is responsible for originating and managing the development of property/casualty and employee benefits programs as well as growing client relationships throughout Mesirow Financial.  He has broad experience working with various types of entities such as educational institutions, contractors, architects, and municipalities.  Before joining the insurance group, Andrew previously worked as a development manager in the Mesirow Financial Real Estate group.  During this time, he worked on all aspects of development including land planning, entitlements, construction, lease-out, and financing.  He worked on numerous projects that consisted of mixed-use, commercial, residential, and retail developments.  Prior to joining Mesirow, he worked for the Chicago White Sox in a variety of roles, including working in the purchasing, baseball, public relations/media relations, and ticket sales departments.  Appointed to the CMAP Board by Mayor Emanuel as one of five representatives for the City of Chicago, Madigan is also a member of the Regional Coordinating Committee.  He is a member of the City Club of Chicago and the Northwestern Club of Chicago.  Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and resides in the City of Chicago.

    • Sean McCarthy
      *Representing the Office of the Governor

      Acting Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

      Sean McCarthy was formerly the Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Randy Hultgren and a Senior Community Relations Director at Nicor Gas. Prior to joining the utility, Sean worked at Lake County Partners and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs where he gained economic development experience at the county and state level.  McCarthy earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts and received his M.B.A. at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

      Sean McCarthy was formerly the Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Randy Hultgren and a Senior Community Relations Director at Nicor Gas. Prior to joining the utility, Sean worked at Lake County Partners and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs where he gained economic development experience at the county and state level.  McCarthy earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts and received his M.B.A. at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

    • John Noak
      Representing Will County

      Mayor, Village of Romeoville

      John D. Noak has been Mayor of the Village of Romeoville, after being appointed in 2008 and having served as a Village Trustee (2005).The Mayor's background includes over two decades of work with local, state and federal governments.  Prior to becoming Mayor, Noak was the Director of Community Affairs and Communications for U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (IL).  He also spent time working for the State and Local Government Commission of Ohio.  Mayor Noak holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University.

      John D. Noak has been Mayor of the Village of Romeoville, after being appointed in 2008 and having served as a Village Trustee (2005).  Noak is a board member of the Will County Governmental League, Joliet Regional Port District, Will County Center for Economic Development, the Des Plaines Valley Enterprise Zone.  He is a member of the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee, Strategic Policy Committee for the Will County CED, Legislative Chairman for the WCGL and a member of the Illinois Campaign Finance Reform Task Force. Noak also serves on three committees for the National League of Cities including: the Council on Youth, Families and Education, Transportation Infrastructure Steering Committee and the University Communities Council and previously served on the Community Advisory Committees for the Illinois Facility Fund and Pace Suburban Bus.  Noak was a past member of the Romeoville Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Economic Development Commission, was named Mayor of the Year (2013) by the Illinois State Crime Commission and received the 2008 Bishop Sheil Award from the Police Athletic League.

      The Mayor's background includes over two decades of work with local, state and federal governments.  Prior to becoming Mayor, Noak was the Director of Community Affairs and Communications for U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (IL).  He also spent time working for the State and Local Government Commission of Ohio.  Mayor Noak holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University.

    • Martin Oberman
      Representing the City of Chicago

      Former Chicago Alderman, 43rd Ward

      Martin J. Oberman served as an alderman in Chicago's 43rd Ward from 1975-83.  During his time as an elected official he created the Planning Manufacturing District concept, which was the first of its kind in the nation, to protect heavy industrial areas.  From 1987 to 1988, he was chairman of the Shoreline Protection Commission, which produced a detailed report to rehabilitate Chicago's shoreline while ensuring environmental protection.  In 2013, he served as a member of the Midway Advisory Panel, a committee established to oversee the potential privatization of Midway Airport.  Also in 2013, Oberman was appointed to the Metra Board of Directors by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and from February 2014 to November 2016, he served as Chairman of the Metra Board.

      Martin J. Oberman served as an alderman in Chicago's 43rd Ward from 1975-83.  During his time as an elected official he created the Planning Manufacturing District concept, which was the first of its kind in the nation, to protect heavy industrial areas.  From 1987 to 1988, he was chairman of the Shoreline Protection Commission, which produced a detailed report to rehabilitate Chicago's shoreline while ensuring environmental protection.  In 2013, he served as a member of the Midway Advisory Panel, a committee established to oversee the potential privatization of Midway Airport.  Also in 2013, Oberman was appointed to the Metra Board of Directors by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and from February 2014 to November 2016, he served as Chairman.

      Oberman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Yale University in 1966.  He then attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1969.  Since 1989, he has been in private practice handling complex litigation across a broad array of matters.

      Oberman is married and the father of two adult children.  He still lives in Lincoln Park, the Chicago community he represented in the City Council.

    • Leanne Redden
      *Representing the Regional Transportation Authority

      Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority

      Leanne Redden has served  as executive director of RTA since October 2014.  Prior to her appointment, she served as the Senior Deputy Executive Director of Planning and managed the Planning Department that includes Strategic Planning & Policy, Regional Coordination, Local Planning and Programs, and Regional Accessibility.

      Ms. Redden sits on CMAP's Board, and serves its Regional Coordinating Committee, the MPO Policy Committee and is Chair of CMAP's Transportation Committee.

      Leanne Redden has served  as executive director of RTA since October 2014.  Prior to her appointment, she served as the Senior Deputy Executive Director of Planning and managed the Planning Department that includes Strategic Planning & Policy, Regional Coordination, Local Planning and Programs, and Regional Accessibility.  Ms. Redden has been instrumental in developing Long Range Planning initiatives for the region's transit system including the Moving Beyond Congestion Plan and is a key player in the subsequent 2008 Funding Reform Legislation.  Under her leadership, the Planning Department completed the first Regional Market and Systems Analysis, and on-going initiatives such as Universal Open Fare Payment System and Bus Rapid Transit work including the region's first bus-on-shoulder service expected to begin November 2011.  Her group also led the development of the region's first Green Transit Plan.  Ms. Redden streamlined the Community and Local Planning Grant programs and focused work on plan implementation and transit improvement plans.  She also oversees the Enterprise GIS data system, the Regional Traveler Information and Mobility Management Programs and Travel Training Program and the region's ADA Paratransit Certification Program.

      Prior to joining the RTA, from 2003 through 2005, she was the Chief of Planning at the Illinois Tollway, where she oversaw the Planning Department and was integral in developing the 2004 $5.3 billion dollar Congestion Relief Capital Plan and Open Road Tolling.  She was responsible for capital planning, traffic and revenue forecasting, public outreach and coordination.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Transportation for the Village of Schaumburg.

      Ms. Redden is also active at the Regional Planning level.  She sits on CMAP's Board, and serves its Regional Coordinating Committee, the MPO Policy Committee and is Chair of CMAP's Transportation Committee.

      Ms. Redden received her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors Degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia.  She has also received the professional designation of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

    • Richard Reinbold
      Representing South Cook County

      President, Village of Richton Park

      Richard Reinbold, a Richton Park resident since 1952, has served as village president since 2001.  Previously, he served as a village trustee from 1993-2001.  He is the owner of Reinbold Properties, general manager of Englund Properties, and president of the Chicago Cart Company. President Reinbold serves on many boards, commissions and committees, including the Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus Terrorism Task Force (chairman), I-57 Corridor Council (chairman), South Suburban Airport Coalition Commission, Matteson Area Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (past-president, legislative committee chairman, executive committee, transportation committee), as well as others.

      Richard Reinbold, a Richton Park resident since 1952, has served as village president since 2001.  Previously, he served as a village trustee from 1993-2001.  He is the owner of Reinbold Properties, general manager of Englund Properties, and president of the Chicago Cart Company.

      President Reinbold serves on many boards, commissions and committees, including the Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus Terrorism Task Force (chairman), I-57 Corridor Council (chairman), South Suburban Airport Coalition Commission, Matteson Area Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (past-president, legislative committee chairman, executive committee, transportation committee), as well as others.

      Reinbold is a founding member of the Richton Park Merchant's Chamber, a Key Communicator in Rich Township High School and a member of the Family and Youth Initiative Task Force.  In 2004, he received the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Achievement Award.  A veteran of the Vietnam War, Reinbold is a proud member of the American Legion and the VFW.

      Representings South Cook County on the CMAP Board, Reinbold is also a member of the Local Coordinating Committee.

      He is a graduate of Rich East High School and attended Southern Illinois University.  He is also a graduate of the Academy for Municipal Excellence at the University of Illinois.

    • Carolyn Schofield
      Representing McHenry County

      Former Member, McHenry County Board

      Carolyn Schofield was a member of the McHenry County Board from December 2012 to November 2016, having served on the Crystal Lake City Council from May 2009 to December 2012. Schofield earned the Bachelor's degree in General Engineering with specialization in Environmental Quality from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

      Carolyn Schofield was a member of the McHenry County Board from December 2012 to November 2016, having served on the Crystal Lake City Council from May 2009 to December 2012.  She was also a member of the Crystal Lake Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998-2009 and has served on the McHenry County Council of Government Water Policy Task Force.  She is a loss control engineer specializing in commercial fire protection and product liability.  Schofield earned the Bachelor's degree in General Engineering with specialization in Environmental Quality from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    • Peter Silvestri
      Representing Suburban Cook County

      Commissioner, Cook County Board

      Peter N. Silvestri was elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners on November 8, 1994.  In June 2010, Mr. Silvestri received the Municipal Leader of the year award from the Illinois Crime Commission.  As a commissioner, he serves as Chairman of the Zoning and Building Committee, the Building Ordinance Commission (liaison with trade unions), the Litigation Subcommittee, and the Environmental Control Committee.  Mr. Silvestri was President of the Village of Elmwood Park for over 20 years. 

      A graduate of De Paul University and its Law School, Mr. Silvestri is a licensed attorney.

      Peter N. Silvestri was elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners on November 8, 1994.  In June 2010, Mr. Silvestri received the Municipal Leader of the year award from the Illinois Crime Commission.  As a commissioner, he serves as Chairman of the Zoning and Building Committee, the Building Ordinance Commission (liaison with trade unions), the Litigation Subcommittee, and the Environmental Control Committee.  Mr. Silvestri was President of the Village of Elmwood Park for over 20 years.  His past service includes being a former village trustee, member and president of the Elmwood Park Board of Education, Elmwood Park Zoning Board, Elmwood Park Civic Foundation, Norwood Park Senior Home Board of Directors, chairman of the St. Vincent Ferrer Religious Education Advisory Board, and past president of the West Central Municipal Conference and Leyden Norwood Park Municipal League.  He currently serves as a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, an association of 128 communities. 

      A graduate of De Paul University and its Law School, Mr. Silvestri is a licensed attorney.

    • Justine Sydello
      *Representing the Office of the Governor

      Deputy Chief of Staff, Illinois Department of Transportation-Office of the Secretary

      Justine Sydello is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), where she is responsible for strategic planning and policy development across the agency, with direct oversight over the Offices of Communications and Legislative Affairs (state and federal).  She advises the Secretary of Transportation on key policy and innovation issues, as well as organizational change and improvement.  Sydello has managed the development and implementation of several major initiatives, including efforts related to the Building a Better IDOT vision plan; exploration of new sustainable transportation revenues; organizational restructuring for enhanced multimodalism and coordination across the agency; and defining the state's role in facilitating the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles.  

      Prior to IDOT, Sydello worked in communications for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), where she was involved in a variety of policy-driven and agency-wide efforts.  She uses her program and project management, strategic planning, and communications skills to improve people's lives through development and implementation of better public policy.

      Sydello graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University.  She received her master's in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

       

      Justine Sydello is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), where she is responsible for strategic planning and policy development across the agency, with direct oversight over the Offices of Communications and Legislative Affairs (state and federal).  She advises the Secretary of Transportation on key policy and innovation issues, as well as organizational change and improvement.  Sydello has managed the development and implementation of several major initiatives, including efforts related to the Building a Better IDOT vision plan; exploration of new sustainable transportation revenues; organizational restructuring for enhanced multimodalism and coordination across the agency; and defining the state's role in facilitating the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles.  

      Prior to IDOT, Sydello worked in communications for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), where she was involved in a variety of policy-driven and agency-wide efforts.  She uses her program and project management, strategic planning, and communications skills to improve people's lives through development and implementation of better public policy.

      Sydello graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University.  She received her master's in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

       

    • Matthew Walsh
      Representing West Cook County

      Former Trustee, Indian Head Park

      Matthew P. Walsh II served as village trustee for Indian Head Park from 2001 until 2015.  Mr. Walsh is a capital partner and member of the executive committee at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a national law firm, where his litigation practice focuses on construction, commercial, employment, municipal, and healthcare. Earlier in his career, he spent seven years as a prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's office. He received a juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1992 and a Bachelor's Degree in business from Bradley University.

      Matthew P. Walsh II served as village trustee for Indian Head Park from 2001 until 2015.  Mr. Walsh is a capital partner and member of the executive committee at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a national law firm, where his litigation practice focuses on construction, commercial, employment, municipal, and healthcare. Earlier in his career, he spent seven years as a prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's office. He received a juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1992 and a Bachelor's Degree in business from Bradley University.

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