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Friday, June 03, 2016

Chicago - June Luncheon

11:30 AM - 01:30 PM Central Standard Time

The Other Crisis: Should we deal with it or kick the can down the road - again! June Luncheon with Jim R. Reilly (Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Planning Council; Chairman, Capital Development Board). Earn 1 PDH!

Jim R. Reilly
Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Planning Council
Chairman, Capital Development Board

APWA City Branch PDH Joint Event with ISPE & WTS.

 -une PDH Luncheon Announcement

Friday, June 3, 2016

11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.


50 W. Randolph
Chicago, Illinois 60601


Topic Summary: 

Thanks to the yeoman's labor by the Civic Committee and others we are all aware of the crisis facing state and local systems caused by our kicking the can down the road for twenty five years and, as a result, we are in the midst of a great civic conversation which, hopefully will force the system to deal with the pension shortfall at long last before we default.

However, much less attention has been paid to another crisis equally grave which has also been caused by kicking the can down the road: the crumbling state of our transportation infrastructure.

My presentation, and others that I expect to follow, is intended to start an equally great, honest civic conversation regarding the sorry state of our infrastructure and the huge cost that we are paying every day and the disastrous future that await us if we do not act now.

Years of declining revenue and inadequate investment have left Illinois' roads, rails and bridges in poor shape. We're all familiar with this means: You missed a critical meeting because you were stuck in traffic. One of your delivery trucks hit a pothole and needs expensive axle repair. You're going to be late for dinner with your family because your train had mechanical issues. Snafus like this are more than headaches: They're stifling our economy and making Illinois less competitive than our neighbors.

MPC has determined what we need to fix this: $43 billion over ten years. To raise that, we need to increase the gas tax by 30 cents per gallon and raise vehicle registration fees 50%. I would love to present to City Club the reality behind the $43 billion figure, and how this revenue proposal actually has a fairly low cost to individuals: $9 a month for the gas tax. This is much lower than the real costs that we-as individuals, businesses and the state as a whole-are paying as a result of our crumbling infrastructure. We must act in 2016, as delaying will only further increase the cost, and other states are leaving us in the dust.


Speaker Bio:  

James R. Reilly, former Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), the agency that owns McCormick Place, the nation's largest convention center and Navy Pier, Illinois' top visited tourist and leisure destination and generates $8 billion of economic activity and supports 65,000 jobs in the city and the state.

Since retiring from full time employment at MPEA, Reilly has joined the Metropolitan Planning Council as a Senior Fellow and been appointed by the Governor as Chairman of the Capital Development Board.

Reilly brings more than 30 years of experience in management and large real estate development to his current position. His extensive experience includes being Trustee and CEO of the MPEA and CEO of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau as well as COO of the State of Illinois under Governors Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson.

Under his leadership and in accordance with the Illinois General Assembly's Reform Legislation of 2010, the MPEA enacted historic measures to ensure the economic vitality of McCormick Place and Navy Pier.  These measures included the selection of a private management firm to run the day-to-day operations of McCormick Place as well as entering into a lease agreement with the not-for-profit, NPI, Inc., to manage and develop Navy Pier. 

While at the MPEA, Reilly has also played a consistent leadership role in unveiling a series of historic labor reforms, service improvements, price reductions, and restructuring of MPEA's capital debt; all designed to enhance the customer experience and further align McCormick Place's operations with its major competitors in the convention and trade show industry.

During his tenure at the MPEA, Reilly also played a key role in the redevelopment of Navy Pier in 1995, as well as the development of the McCormick Place South Building which opened on-time and under budget in 1996 and the development of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in 1998.

His previous experience includes serving as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority from 2005-2010 as well as President of the Reilly Consultant Group from 2005 to 2010 where he specialized in labor negotiations, the hospitality industry and project development.

Reilly represented the 49th and 97th Illinois Legislative House Districts from 1977 - 1983 and chaired the House Appropriations, Education and State Government Committees and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. During his tenure in the Illinois General Assembly, Reilly was Chief sponsor to the Illinois Human Rights Act, Emergency Medical Services Act and championed reform for the Regional Transportation Authority.

Reilly is currently an Ex-Officio Board Member for NPI, Inc., and Choose Chicago.  He was previously on the Board of Directors for Mercy Hospital and the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Illinois College and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Chicago Law School.



APWA City Branch PDH Joint Event with ISPE & WTS.


Receive 1.0 PDH for attending. 

Network 11:30 A.M.

Lunch & Presentation 12:00 P.M.

Adjourn 1:30 P.M 


$50 - Member (APWA, ISPE, and WTS) 

$55 - Non-Member  

$20 - Government Employees and Students

$300- Gold Sponsorship - provides four (4) registrations and your company logo is prominently displayed on the presentation welcome slide for all attendees to see!

$100- Silver Sponsorship - provides one (1) registration and your company logo is prominently displayed on the presentation welcome slide show for all attendees to see! 


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