Illinois Transportation Secretary Gives Tough Review Of State Planning

Sep 8, 2015

Randy Blankenhorn
Credit IDOT

Illinois' transportation chief has delivered a tough review of the state's capacity to solve problems, saying it's planning ``for yesterday's transportation system.''  

Randy Blankenhorn has served as the secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation for seven months.  

He gave a speech in Chicago Wednesday that cited traffic congestion and sluggish movement of freight as examples of Illinois being too focused on the condition of state roads and bridges. He said the state is failing to look at the bigger picture.  

The Chicago Tribune reports that he said government officials need to create a stronger public-private partnership.  

Blankenhorn is a veteran transportation expert who was appointed in January to lead the Illinois Department of Transportation by Gov. Bruce Rauner.