UIC Urban Forum



Randy Blankenhorn

Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation - Keynote

Randy Blankenhorn has served as Illinois Transportation Secretary under Gov. Bruce Rauner since 2015. A lifelong Illinois resident, Blankenhorn leads an agency of 10 offices that serve the transportation needs of the state across multiple modes, in rural, suburban and urban environments. He oversees a $3 billion operating budget that supports a workforce of 4,800 employees, with annual oversight of more than $3.4 billion in capital projects. During his time as the head of the agency, IDOT has embraced new approaches and developed new strategies to investing in infrastructure. He led the first reorganization in several decades to make IDOT more efficient, improve customer service, integrate safety throughout the agency and instill a multimodal approach in all planning and programming activities.