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Infrastructure Council


The Infrastructure Council focuses on public systems that are essential to Illinois business: roads and bridges, railways (freight and public transit), shipping via waterways, and airports. The Council is seeking new members to initiate efforts for water supply and treatment, utilities, pipelines, power generation, power distribution systems and communications networks. All of these systems impact the civic, social and economic future of the people and employers of Illinois.

Currently there are four Issue Committees to address pending and emerging issues

  • Rail
  • Roads, Bridges & Airports
  • Waterways
  • Clean Water 

Council Leadership

Council Chair: James Messmore, Hanson Professional Services
Previous Chair: Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau
Roads, Bridges and Airports Chair: James Messmore, Hanson Professional Services
Rail Chair: Tom Livingston, CSX Railroad
Waterways Chair: Del Wilkins, Canal Terminal Company
Clean Water Chair: Tim Leahy, Illinois American Water


Council Staff





Benjamin Brockschmidt
Executive Director



Ray LaHood – “Let’s Put America To Work”

Infrastructure Council Links

Letter to Congress Urging Action on Transportation

Infrastructure Council Blog


Gaining Insight into GLMRIS:  An Investigation of the Benefits & Costs of the Alternatives in the Great Lakes & Mississippi River Interbasin Study – February 2014

Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin Study Report – January 2014

Tending to Transit Study – December, 2012


Tentative dates for our 2014 quarterly meetings are here!  If you’re not a member of the Infrastructure Council shoot me an email and we can start the conversation.

February 18, 2014

June 2014, details forthcoming

Third Quarter TBD

Fourth Quarter TBD



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