The Tollway has an 11-member board, including Governor Bruce Rauner and Secretary of Transportation Randall S. Blankenhorn who serve as ex-officio members. The Chairman and Directors are appointed by the Governor and serve four-year terms; no more than five of the members may be from one political party. The Board of Directors sets policy for the operation, maintenance and construction of the roadways.
About the Board
The mission of the Illinois Tollway is to provide and promote a safe and efficient system of highways while ensuring the highest possible level of service to our customers. Under the leadership of the Board of Directors and Executive Staff, the Tollway is committed to achieving the following goals:
- Increase collaboration with regional transportation and planning agencies
- Promote the regional economy
- Foster environmental responsibility and sustainability
- Further transparency and accountability
- Enhance customer service
The goals set the future of the agency, focusing on tomorrow's opportunities.
Contact a Board Member
2700 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
Illinois Tollway Board Profiles
Chairman Bob Schillerstrom is a partner in Ice Miller's Public Affairs Group. He has more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on matters relating to local and state governments, including community relations, public affairs and strategic public policy development, as well as real estate tax appeals issues and zoning related matters. Chairman Schillerstrom previously served three terms as chairman of the DuPage County Board. He earned a reputation for reducing property taxes, lowering county property taxes nine out of 12 years and consistently doing more for DuPage County taxpayers with less money. Chairman Schillerstrom has been an active figure in DuPage County politics for three decades, regularly holding leadership positions in local and county governments and in the Republican Party where he consistently advocated to reduce the cost of government. He earned his bachelor's degree at Illinois College and his law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He lives in Naperville.
Director James J. Banks was appointed to the Tollway Board of Directors in 1993. He is a co-founder and chairman of Belmont Bank & Trust, Chicago and brings to the Board his expertise as an attorney specializing in land use, real estate development and government entitlements.
Director Corey Brooks is the senior pastor at New Beginnings Church in Chicago working with private and public entities to affect positive change in his community. He founded the church in 2000 and leads a congregation of more than 2,000 members while overseeing a volunteer staff of nearly 70 leaders and 10 Directors, and manages a budget of more than $1 million annually. Additionally, he founded Project Hood, a community development organization where he still works as a key community activist. Director Brooks is a graduate of Ball State University, earning a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policies and a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary, with a Masters of Arts degree. Additionally he studied law at the University of Florida and Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Director Brooks resides in Chicago.
Director Earl Dotson Jr. of Roscoe was appointed to the Illinois Tollway's Board of Directors in 2013. He also serves on the boards of the Rockford Local Development Corporation (RLDC) and the YMCA of Rock River Valley. Director Dotson is the chief communications officer for the Rockford Public School District 205 and previously served as the deputy administrator and diversity officer for Winnebago County. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Northern Illinois University. Director Dotson has an MBA from Rockford University. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served from 1988-1992 in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.
Director Joseph Gomez is currently the senior vice president of Byline Bank, where he oversees business development. Prior to that, he worked for the state of Illinois in the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's Bureau of Banking. He was the Chicago bank managing director. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce as a financial consultant, helping develop the department's globalization program in China, Latin America and Canada. Director Gomez has also served on the Illinois Development Finance Authority under Governors James R. Thompson and Jim Edgar. Director Gomez earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University.
Director David Gonzalez is mayor of the city of Chicago Heights. He is a certified public accountant with extensive experience in municipal finance. He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association. He previously served as superintendent and chief financial officer for the Chicago Heights Park District. Director Gonzalez serves as chairman of the Tollway's Audit Committee.
Director Craig Johnson is the mayor of Elk Grove Village and has extensive experience in multimodal transportation in his role as a city administrator. He has served the citizens of Elk Grove Village since 1993, first elected as a village trustee and in 1997 became the mayor. He is currently an active member of the Mayor's Tollway Advisory Council and served on the Elgin-O'Hare Advisory Council. Director Johnson is also the chief executive officer of the Johnson Insurance Agency, which handles all forms of insurance policies.
Director James Sweeney is the President-Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 in Countryside. In this role, he is the chief executive officer of an organization with a membership of 23,000 working men and women, a staff of more than 350 and annual payroll of more than $25 million. He is also the chairman of the union’s training program and benefit funds, including a pension fund with nearly $4 billion in assets. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the road construction industry with expertise in organizing, training, negotiation, benefit administration and contract enforcement. He also serves as a General Vice President on the IUOE’s General Executive Board. Appointed to the ISTHA Board in 2011, he assisted with the development of the Tollway’s Move Illinois capital program. He serves on the Tollway’s Diversity & Inclusion and Customer Service & Planning Committees. Director Sweeney lives in Chicago.
Director Neli Vazquez Rowland is the president and co-founder of A Safe Haven Foundation. She has a diverse background in finance, general contracting, social and economic development, along with extensive experience as a public servant. She brings more than 20 years of leadership and service to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors and will add great value to advocacy and policy initiatives impacting the Tollway.
In June 2011, the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors adopted a Board structure that creates committees to focus on key areas of Tollway operations and customer service, as well as guide discussion and decision-making regarding ways to improve the agency. The Board Committee structure is designed to enable the Tollway to:
- Enhance customer service
- Maintain financial integrity
- Promote the regional economy
- Increase collaboration with regional transportation entities
- Maintain the public trust
- Foster environmental responsibility and sustainability
- Maintain the safety and efficiency of the Tollway system
Tollway Board committees will meet at least twice a year, and provide regular reports to the full Board of Directors.
The Finance Administration Operations Committee meets every third Wednesday monthly. Other committees meet as needed.
The Finance Administration and Operations Committee
provides policy direction and oversight for financial and operational activities in order to ensure the immediate and long-term financial stability of the Tollway, as well as its efficient and legally compliant administration. The committee monitors and makes recommendations to the Board on budget matters, including financing and debt strategies, policies and procedures related to engineering, operations, administration, procurement and legal compliance.
The Customer Service and Planning Committee
promotes the development and implementation of information technology solutions critical to providing quality customer service and revenue generation. The Committee reviews technology strategies and business processes for collecting tolls, violation enforcement and customer service. In addition, the Committee provides the Board with advice on the strategic direction and planning of infrastructure investments at the conceptual stage, and recommends direction for long-term strategic planning for Tollway infrastructure projects and other programs.
The Audit Committee
carries out responsibilities related to the Tollway's annual compliance and financial audits. The committee assists the Board in the review of financial statements, addresses audit findings, reviews the Tollway's systems of internal controls and analyzes significant changes to Tollway accounting policies and financial position. It is chaired by Director David Gonzalez.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee
focuses on diversity issues and initiatives, fostering access to sustainable jobs for African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, and women. The Committee strives to identify opportunities for certified disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms related to the Tollway's business operations and expenditures.
Board Meetings Overview
The Tollway Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, except in November and December when meetings are a week earlier due to holidays. All Board meetings are open to the public.
Regularly scheduled meetings can be viewed via live webcast. Learn more.
Additional Board meetings are scheduled as needed and posted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. A public comment period is held at the beginning of each Board meeting. Comments are limited to two minutes per visitor. Visitors are welcome to stay. However, they will not be able to make any additional comments for the remainder of the meeting.
If you wish to address the Board, you must:
- Attend the meeting in person. Meetings start promptly at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise posted.
- Fill out a registration card (available at the front desk prior to each meeting)
2017 Meeting Dates
Finance Administration and Operations Committee
|Customer Service and Planning Committee
|Diversity and Inclusion Committee||Audit Committee|
|January 18 (Wednesday)||
|January 19 (Thursday)||CANCELLED|
|January 23 (Monday)||10:00 a.m.|
|January 26 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|February 15 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.||10:30 a.m.|
|February 16 (Thursday)||10:00 a.m.|
|February 23 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|March 15 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.|
|March 16 (Thursday)||10:00 a.m.|
|March 23 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|April 19 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||11:30 a.m.|
|April 20 (Thursday)||10:00 a.m.|
|April 27 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|May 17 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.|
|May 18 (Thursday)||
|May 25 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|June 14 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.||
|June 15 (Thursday)||10:00 a.m.|
|June 22 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|July 19 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.|
|July 20 (Thursday)||10:00 a.m.|
|July 27 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|August 16 (Wednesday)||
August 17 (Thursday)
|August 24 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|September 20 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.|
|September 21 (Thursday)||10:00 a.m.|
|September 28 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|October 18 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.||10:30 a.m.|
|October 19 (Thursday)||10:00 a.m.|
|October 26 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
November 13 (Monday)
|9:30 a.m.||10:30 a.m.|
|November 16 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
|December 13 (Wednesday)||9:30 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||11:30 a.m.|
|December 14 (Thursday)||10:00 a.m.|
|December 21 (Thursday)||9:00 a.m.|
Meeting Minutes and Resolutions
- Once the meeting is live, click on the "In Progress" link to view the stream.
- When you are finished watching the meeting, press "Quit" on the top right of the webcast page.
- If you are unable to view the live webcast, a video file will be made available three business days following the Board meeting.