The Tollway has an 11-member board, including Governor JB 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
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
Evans has nearly 40 years of experience in strategic planning, operations, engineering, construction, large infrastructure projects and major IT system implementations and has been in senior leadership for over 20 years. He is the former President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, regulated natural gas utilities now owned by WEC Energy Group. Since retirement from Peoples Gas, Evans has been an energy and engineering consultant, serves as president of the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association and chairs the Chicago Commons board of directors and Skokie Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. He received his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
Director Connolly has been a proud member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (“LiUNA”) for over 48 years. He currently serves as the business manager of the Chicago & Vicinity Laborers’ District Council and has held that position since he was first elected in March 2000. Connolly proudly serves and fights to improve the lives of the 20,000 men and women who comprise the membership of the District Council’s 15 affiliated LiUNA Locals. He has worked with all levels of government, including serving on an advisory panel charged with overseeing the potential privatization of Midway International Airport. Connolly strives to bring Labor and Management together to promote the industries represented by the members of the Laborers’ District Council and the signatory contractors who employ them.
Director Davis is the Founder and Chairman of The Will Group, a firm overseeing several construction, manufacturing, technology, lighting, and energy industry companies. Since 2010, The Will Group has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the country’s Top 100 Black businesses. Davis has a passion for economic development and has been an active member of Chicago’s business community for several decades. He currently serves as the Commissioner of Aviation (Board Chair) of the DuPage Airport Authority and on the boards of the Trust Company of Illinois, PMI Energy Solutions, and Inland Real Estate Trust, specifically on Inland’s Audit and Compensation committees. He is also a member of the Business Leadership Council’s executive committee and the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation’s board of directors. Davis is the founder of the Tuskegee Next Foundation, whose goal is to graduate 100 pilots from at-risk communities. As of August 2018, the program has successfully graduated 33 cadets and 27 licensed pilots. Stephen and his wife Tanya have raised 8 children. Davis received his bachelor's degree in Transportation and Materials from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Director Gallagher has served as president of the Village of Western Springs since May 2017 after serving four years as a village trustee. Since becoming village president, she has served on the West Central Municipal Conference, as director of the executive committee, co-chair of the transportation committee and chair of the central council. Gallagher is an attorney by trade and served on the Western Springs School District 101 Board of Education. She received her Juris Doctor from the Seattle University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts from Miami University.
Jacqueline Gomez Fuentes
Director Gomez Fuentes currently serves as the Director of Supplier and Workforce Diversity at the Obama Foundation where she is responsible for the implementation and management of the Foundation’s diversity and inclusion programming. Previously, Gomez Fuentes spent more than six years as the Director of Contract Compliance for Cook County. In addition, she has previously served in both the public and private sector as a project manager as well as leading both business and workforce development efforts, notably at both the City of Chicago and SUMAC Inc, a firm providing real estate development, owner’s representation, architecture, as well as consulting in sustainability and energy efficiency services. Director Gomez Fuentes is an active community volunteer, currently serving as a board member of UCAN Chicago, and she was the 2018 recipient of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association’s Advocacy Award for business diversity and inclusion. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from National Louis University.
Director McConnaughay served two terms as state senator of the 33rd District, where she was the Republican Minority Whip and the minority spokesperson for the Senate Transportation Committee. She also served on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Executive Board and International Relations Task Force. Prior to her election to the state senate, McConnaughay served as the County Board Chairman of Kane County from 2004 to 2012 where she achieved remarkable fiscal success by lowering spending and reducing the size of government while bolstering accountability, efficiency and transparency, resulting in significant bond rating increases. Under her leadership, Kane County invested in major expansion and upgrades of county bridge and road systems, public transportation, 911 public safety and criminal justice facilities.
Director Paddock has more than 20 years of industry experience in sales, marketing and general management. In 2020, he joined Silver Cross Hospital as senior vice president of marketing, community relations and government affairs. Paddock previously served nine years as the president of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, the largest sports facility in the state of Illinois. In addition, he spent 12 years in marketing leadership positions at PepsiCo, including serving as the Director of Sports Marketing for Gatorade. Paddock currently serves on the board of the Illinois Special Olympics, Will County Center for Economic Development and Chicago Sports Commission. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.
Director Perinar currently serves as executive secretary-treasurer for the over 30,000 members of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. Perinar is a third-generation business representative of the union and a 40-year member of Carpenters Local 174 where he served his apprenticeship. At age 32, he became a full-time business representative and later an assistant to the president/EST. Perinar was twice elected as the second vice president of the Regional Council and has served under four ESTs. He has also served as a delegate for 25 years and held the position of trustee on various committees and boards including health and welfare and pension funds during this period. Perinar was the 2018 recipient of the esteemed George Meany Award which is a National Recognition by the Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council. The award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the youth of the community.
Director Sweeney is the president-business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. He joined the union in 1978 and worked for contractors on sewer, slag, paving and deep tunnel projects. Since Sweeney joined Local 150 in 1987, the union’s membership doubled from less than 10,000 to more than 23,000. He has been president-business manager since 2008 and steered Local 150 through the recession while maintaining wage and benefit levels and implementing temporary healthcare subsidies and the Local 150 Food Bank to offer assistance to members in need. Sweeney served on the tollway board under Gov. Quinn from 2011 to 2015 where he advocated for the efficient modernization of the nation’s most advanced network of toll roads.
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.
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.
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 Alice Gallagher.
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 third 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)
2021 Meeting Dates
|Systems Review & Customer Service Committee|
|Diversity & Inclusion Committee||Finance, Administration & Operations Committee (FAO)||Board Meeting|
|1/28/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|2/25/21||Canceled||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|3/25/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|4/22/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|5/27/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|6/24/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|7/22/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|8/26/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|9/23/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|10/21/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|11/18/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|12/16/21||9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:00 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.