April 21, 2017 - 11:15am to 1:00pm

Infrastructure Spending and Construction in Illinois

Infrastructure spending and construction have become a hot topic both in Illinois and Washington, D.C. The recent Safe Roads Amendment to the Illinois constitution was passed with a large majority, albeit, not without controversy, receiving approval from nearly 80 percent of voters. But all sides seem to agree that Illinois has many unmet needs in infrastructure maintenance and repair. In light of this, the SEAOI Government Affairs Committee (GAC)/Structural Engineers Political Action Committee (SEPAC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Illinois Transportation Secretary Randall S. Blankenhorn will speak at the Spring Luncheon on Friday April 21, 2017.  

About the Speaker: 

Mr. Blankenhorn was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner in January 2015.  As head of the Illinois Department of Transportation, he leads an agency of 10 offices that serve the transportation needs of Illinois across multiple modes, in rural, suburban and urban environments. At IDOT, Blankenhorn oversees a $2.8 billion operating budget that supports a work force of 5,000 employees, with annual oversight of more than $3.2 billion in capital projects. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Blankenhorn was the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, leading that agency since its inception in 2006. At CMAP, Mr. Blankenhorn oversaw transportation, land use, housing, economic development, environmental and other quality-of-life issues in the seven-county region of Northeastern Illinois. 

His appointment as Transportation Secretary represents a return to IDOT, after having worked at the agency for 22 years. While at IDOT, Mr. Blankenhorn served in a number of key positions in both the policy and planning divisions, eventually rising to the Bureau Chief of Urban Program Planning, coordinating the activities of the state’s 14 Metropolitan Planning Organizations.  Mr. Blankenhorn was the point person for planning on a number of major infrastructure projects throughout Illinois, including the south extension of Interstate 355 in Will County, the new Mississippi River Bridge in Metro East, and the proposed South Suburban Airport in Chicago’s south suburbs.


University Club
76 East Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603


The cost for the luncheon is $75. The event begins at 11:15am with networking and a cash bar.  Luncheon will be served at 11:45, and the presentation will begin at noon. 

The luncheon menu includes:

  • Garden Arugula and Roma Tomato Salad, Shaved Parmesan and Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Amish Chicken Breast Milanese Style with Lemon Caper Sauce*
  • Rosemary Tossed Red Bliss Potatoes and Asparagus Spears
  • Lemon Meringue Tart with Sugar Crust and Raspberry Coulis

* The vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free entree is a Grilled Vegetable Lasagna, Jumbo Asparagus, Oven Dried Tomato

GAC/SEPAC represent the interests of the structural engineering profession in the political and legislative arenas in Illinois as an independent, bipartisan committee dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare; the representation of Structural Engineers in relevant government activities; and the preservation and advancement of the Structural Engineering profession.



William Bast ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Thomas Behringer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Jim Harper ( CTA )
Harry Kuchma ( KRW Consulting Group, LLC )
William Bast ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Marsha Harman ( SEAOI - Structural Engineers Association of Illinois )
Mary Jane Davis ( SEAOI )
Kendra Bleers ( Jacobs )
Amar Rajpurkar ( HNTB Corporation )
Tony Shkurti ( HNTB Corporation )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
James Pawlikowski ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
David Horos ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Erin O'Keefe ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Chris Hewitt ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Ron Boehm ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Melissa Lange ( Engineering Resource Associates, Inc )
John O'Neill ( Michael Baker International, Inc. )
Kenton Zinn ( Michael Baker International, Inc. )
Jennifer Anderson ( Hampton, Lenzini, and Renwick, Inc. )
Jared D'Amico ( K2N Crest )
John Miller ( Nayyar & Nayyar International, Inc. )
James Bibby ( Rempe-Sharpe & Assoc. )
John Clinnin ( Wight & Company )
Mike Eichten ( AECOM )
Tim Whalen ( AECOM )
Dipal Vimawala ( AECOM )
Fred Plinke ( Hayward Baker, Inc )
Thomas Powers ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc )
Craig Cleland ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc )
Michael Miller ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc )
Michael Hurtubise ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc )
Mehmet Civelek ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc. )
William Kucera ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc. )
Peter Johnston ( GRAEF )
George Podrebarac ( GRAEF (Chicago Loop) )
Collin Tierney ( Western Speciality Contractors )
Don Redar ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Phil Shea ( Prairie Material )
John Kissinger ( GRAEF (Milwaukee) )
Danielle Kleinhans ( National Steel Bridge Alliance )
Brent Porfilio ( Harry O. Hefter - Associates, Inc. )
Lawrence Kirchner ( TranSystems )
Elizabeth Gallagher ( Benesch )
Jose Medero ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Frank Montana ( Montana Design Service, Ltd. )
Steve Elver ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Thomas Poulos ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Jon Boyd ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
John McLean ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Hedaia Ahmad ( Epstein )
Greg Osborne ( Epstein )
Gary Powell ( Stantec Consulting Services )