Board Information

 

The Tollway has an 11-member board, including Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Secretary of Transportation 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

Board Mission

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

Director (Name)
Illinois Tollway
2700 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

630-241-6800

Illinois Tollway Board Profiles

James J. Banks

Director

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.

Earl Dotson Jr., APR

Director

Director Earl Dotson Jr. of Rockford 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.

Joseph Gomez

Director

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.

David Gonzalez

Director

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.

 

Craig Johnson

Director

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.

Bradley Stephens

Director

Director Bradley Stephens is the mayor of Rosemont where since 2007 he’s established himself as a regional leader in economic and commercial development. In addition, he has served as a member of the Pace Suburban Bus Board of Directors and as a trustee and supervisor for Leyden Township. Director Stephens supports several charitable organizations including Helping Hand, as well as veterans’ organizations and children’s medical research organizations, and he has received “The Hope Award” for his work on behalf of the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Neli Vazquez Rowland

Director

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.

Board Structure

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.

 

Board Statements of Economic Interest

If you would like to search for any Illinois Tollway Board Member’s annual statement of economic interest which remain on file with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office please visit the following site.

Statements of Economic Interest

Board Committees

Finance Administration and Operations 

This 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.

Customer Service and Planning 

This 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.

Audit

This 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.

Diversity and Inclusion 

This 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.

Systems Review Committee

Established in 2018 to perform a thorough review of the Tollway’s procurement, hiring and conflict of interest policies. The committee’s stated goal was to educate stakeholders on the complex laws and processes that govern the ethical, legal and procedural parameters that govern the Tollway and to develop recommendations both policy and state law aimed at increasing the Tollway’s existing levels of transparency and accountability.

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:

  1. Attend the meeting in person. Meetings start promptly at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise posted.
  2. Fill out a registration card (available at the front desk prior to each meeting)

Board meeting agenda archive.

Board And Committee Meetings Schedule, Notices And Agendas

2019 Meeting Dates

Board Meeting

Finance Administration and Operations Committee
(FAO)

Customer Service and Planning Committee
(CSP)
Systems Review Committee Diversity & Inclusion Committee Audit Committee
January 10 (Thursday)   Cancelled Cancelled     Cancelled
January 17 (Thursday) Cancelled          
February 21 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m.        
February 27 (Wednesday) 9:00 a.m.          
March 21 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.  
March 28 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m.          
April 18 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m.       9:30 a.m.
April 25 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m.          
May 16 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m.        
May 23 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m.          
June 20 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.  
June 27 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m.          
July 18 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m.        
July 25 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m.          
August 15 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m.       9:30 a.m.

August 22 (Thursday)

9:00 a.m.          
September 19 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.  
September 26 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m.          
October 17 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m.        
October 24 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m.         9:00 a.m.

November 14 (Thursday)

  9:00 a.m.        

November 21 (Thursday)

9:00 a.m.          
December 12 (Thursday)   9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

December 19 (Thursday)

9:00 a.m.          
             

Meeting Minutes and Resolutions

Below are minutes and resolutions from recent meetings of the Tollway Board of Directors and Committee meetings. All minutes must be approved by the Board of Directors before they are posted. Board resolutions are official documents that represent an action on part of the Board of Directors. Files are posted in Adobe Acrobat format.

Meeting Presentations

Presentations made to the Board of Directors during regular Board meetings can be found below.

They are organized by date and are formatted as Adobe Acrobat files. Some files may be large so your patience is appreciated during the download process.

Webcast Information

Regularly scheduled Board meetings can be viewed via live webcast.

  • 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.

Retrieve minutes from previous Board and/or Committee meetings

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