Organizational Structure

IDOT consists of ten supporting offices. The following organization chart represents basic structure and the department’s senior management.

Secretary of Transportation


Randall S. Blankenhorn - Secretary of Transportation

Illinois’ transportation network is an economic engine for the state, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is responsible for investing billions of dollars to build, support, and maintain modern and efficient roadways, railways, airports and transit systems. It is IDOT mission to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity, and demonstrate respect for our environment.

IDOT’s structure is oriented around what it is IDOT does as an agency – develop programs, implement projects, and support those efforts administratively and through public affairs. This organizational structure allows IDOT to serve the public and meet its core mission.

IDOT is headed by the Secretary of Transportation. The Office of the Secretary is responsible for the administration and operation of the offices within the Department. The Office of the Secretary also works closely with the Governor’s Office and the Illinois General Assembly to establish and implement Illinois’ transportation policies.

 Lisa Laws
Rich Brauer
Assistant Secretary
Matthew Magalis
Chief of Staff
Lisa Laws
Chief Operating Officer
   
Justine Reisinger
Aaron Weatherholt
Deputy Secretary for Program Development
Omer Osman
Deputy Secretary for Project Implementation
Justine Sydello
Deputy Chief of Staff

Office of Planning and Programming

Erin Aleman
Erin Aleman - Director

Office of Planning and Programming

The Office of Planning and Programming develops plans and programs aimed at improving the state’s transportation system.  Core functions include: oversight and coordination of the state’s planning efforts, developing the annual multi-year and multimodal programs, monitoring and surveillance of the physical condition of the transportation system, evaluation of costs and benefits of new infrastructure investments, and to provide data, mapping and research to support these and other projects across the department.

The Office of Planning and Programming consists of five bureaus: Planning, Programming, Innovative Project Delivery, Data Collection and Mapping, and Research.

  • The Bureau of Planning is responsible for proactively planning for the future of the state’s transportation system. This includes long-range planning and overseeing capital grants budgets related to aviation and public transportation. This bureau also administers the Metropolitan Planning Program in cooperation with various state and local planning agencies and is responsible for transportation data and support activities.
  • The Bureau of Programming develops the annual and multi-year Transportation Improvement Programs, and the construction and grants budget for multimodal elements of the transportation system.
  • The Bureau of Innovative Project Delivery oversees the department’s initiatives to explore the leveraging of private resources in project implementation and agency operations. The bureau coordinates with private sector and public entities to expedite project delivery and maximize innovation in the financial, design, construction, operation and maintenance of major transportation infrastructure projects.
  • The Bureau of Data Collection and Mapping maintains transportation data systems such as roadway and bridge data, roadway condition information, traffic data, and crash reports filed by motorists and law enforcement officers. The bureau is responsible for preparing the annual crash facts report, state highway map and other transportation maps for rail, ports, transit, counties and scenic byways.
  • The Bureau of Research coordinates the department’s federally and state funded research activities, including all Strategic Highway Research, National Cooperative Research and Transportation Research Board programs. Research activities are primarily conducted through an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which funds the Illinois Center for Transportation.

Office of Program Development


Priscilla Tobias - Director

Office of Program Development

The Office of Program Development uses established engineering practices to develop and implement policies, procedures, standards and guidelines to accomplish highway system improvement objectives. This office monitors district programs to ensure statewide uniformity in the interpretation and application of policy and to confirm program coordination with federal, state and local agencies.

The Office of Program Development consists of five bureaus: Bridges and Structures, Land Acquisition, Local Roads and Streets, Design and Environment, and Safety Programs and Engineering

  • The Bureau of Bridges and Structures develops the structural design policies and practices of the department. The bureau accomplishes this by providing detailed planning and design of highway structures and bridge standards, including preliminary engineering and other plans and studies. This bureau also inspects major structures and structural steel for safety purposes.
  • The Bureau of Local Roads and Streets coordinates with local governments in all matters pertaining to highway transportation. The bureau assists local agencies with planning, finance, design, construction and maintenance of local transportation systems and promotes the coordination and cooperation of counties, townships, municipalities in the development of transportation systems.
  • The Bureau of Design and Environment develops standards, specifications and policies for the design of the state’s highway network. BDE supports district offices in implementing departmental standards and provides guidance and support for location and environmental studies, including environmental impact statements. BDE also provides technical expertise to assist district offices in solving unique engineering, social, economic and environmental problems. This office coordinates and prepares federal-aid program documents; processes plans and contract documents for project lettings; works closely with FHWA; and provides aerial photography, mapping and photo lab services.
  • The Bureau of Land Acquisition develops policies and provides oversight of the statewide land acquisition program. This program includes such functions as relocation assistance, property management and signboard and junkyard control. The Bureau is responsible for reviewing and processing all right-of-way expenditures.
  • The Bureau of Safety Engineering and Programs is responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing engineering and behavior related safety programs, training, policies and procedures to enhance safety on Illinois roadways. The bureau administers the highways safety improvement program (HSIP) and the Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS). Other responsibilities include vehicle accident reporting; evaluation and analysis of accident data; dissemination of accident statistics to traffic safety officials; and administering the Department’s portion of the state’s Safety Responsibility Law.
  • The Bureau of Safety Engineering is comprised of two sections: Safety Services and Safety Implementation. These sections work to meet federal requirements, implement federal infrastructure safety programs, coordinate State Highway Safety Program implementation efforts, crash analysis, identification and reporting.

Office of Highway Project Implementation


Paul Loete - Director

Office of Highways Project Implementation

The Office of Highways Project Implementation monitors district programs to ensure statewide uniformity of policy interpretation and compliance and to certify program coordination with federal, state and local agencies. These bureaus make certain that programs and activities support efficient program implementation across the districts.  The overall objective is to ensure that highway improvement projects are constructed and operated in a cost effective and timely manner and that funds to local agencies are properly administered.

The Office of Highways Project Implementation consists of three bureaus and the highway regional offices, comprised of five regions or a total of nine district offices. Bureaus include: the Bureau of Construction, Bureau of Materials and Physical Research and the Bureau of Operations.

  • The Bureau of Construction develops policies to maintain quality construction; approves changes in contracts; provides uniform contract interpretation; and prequalifies contractors. The Bureau performs field-work and coordinates with regional offices to ensure construction projects and contracts are administered consistently across the state. The Bureau also reviews value engineering proposals, coordinates industry policy and joint coop committees, evaluates and approves contractor authorizations to bid, approves subcontractors, and manages payments to contractors for construction projects. Additionally, the Bureau ensures final documentation for construction projects is complete and manages accounts receivable tor local agency agreements.
  • The Bureau of Materials and Physical Research establishes policies and procedures that provide for quality assurance in materials testing and physical research. The Bureau inspects all materials used in the construction and maintenance of highways. The Bureau conducts studies of methods and equipment, evaluates and approves new products for use in construction projects, and provides operational research development to improve the economy and quality of transportation design, construction, and maintenance and operation.
  • The Bureau of Operations creates policies and procedures to protect public investment in new and existing transportation facilities and develops programs and policies that provide for safe, smooth and efficient traffic flow. Additional responsibilities include: monitoring maintenance operations and roadside development to implement programs that reduce maintenance costs; emergency planning; managing statewide communication systems; ensure uniform application of traffic control devices on all streets and highways; processing applications for special vehicle movements; recommends revisions in the vehicle code; and informs the public of traffic conditions, laws and operational safety.

  • The Highway Regional Offices are accountable to the Director of Highways Project Implementation, and are responsible for highway operations and functions within their respective geographic boundaries. The regions ensure that the highway programs are compatible with the protection of both the natural and the socio-economic environments. The regions strive to reduce the number of traffic accidents, property damage and fatalities through safe design, construction and maintenance of highway facilities and  an active traffic management program.  The regions coordinate with local officials and the public in the project development process and during construction. Regions coordinate with the central office for design approvals and construction authorizations.

Office of Intermodal Project Implementation

Beth McCluskey
Beth McCluskey - Director

Office of Intermodal Project Implementation

The Office of Intermodal Project Implementation coordinates activities for transit, rail, and aeronautics. The Office’s mission is to provide safe, efficient, affordable, reliable, and coordinated transportation of people and goods through rail, mass transit, and related modes of transportation. The Office of Intermodal Project Implementation is responsible for promoting mass transportation systems and services in the state of Illinois by developing and recommending policies and programs; developing, implementing, and administering operating, capital, and technical program projects; and, participating in local and statewide planning and programming activities. The Office conducts technical studies and engineering reviews of projects.

  • Transit is responsible for promoting transit services and ensuring safe and efficient mass transportation systems throughout the State of Illinois by developing and recommending policies and programs; developing, implementing and administering operating, capital and technical program projects; and participating in local and statewide planning and programming activities. The Bureau also conducts technical studies and engineering reviews of projects.
  • Railroads is responsible for promoting and ensuring safe and efficient rail transportation throughout the State of Illinois by developing and recommending policies and programs and implementing programs and projects for both passenger and freight rail.

  • Aeronautics is responsible for coordinating and implementing programs concerning airport construction, aviation safety, and other aeronautical activities throughout Illinois. The Illinois State Aviation System is one of the largest and most diverse airport systems in the country. Comprised of nearly 830 facilities, the Illinois Aviation System ranges in size and scope from some of the busiest airports in the world – to regional commercial passenger service and commercial air cargo airports – to dozens of local municipal airfields which serve thousands of corporate and general aviation users – to hundreds of private airstrips scattered throughout Illinois. Aeronautics partners with the owners and operators at each airport to maximize safety and assist each airport in reaching its individual potential. Illinois airports generate over $50.9 Billion to the Illinois economy and provide the flying public with access to the entire country, connecting Illinoisans to the rest of the world. The Division also operates a fleet of aircraft to provide a safe, efficient, and reliable air transportation option for state personnel, elected officials, and others travelling in support of official state business.

Office of Communications


Guy Tridgell - Director

Office of Communications

The Office of Communications is responsible for managing both communications and outreach efforts between IDOT and its stakeholders (including the public, elected officials, industry partners, fellow government agencies, and civic/ non-profit partners). The primary objectives are to assist in the coverage of agency activities; increase the agency’s sensitivity to its publics; interpret public opinion so that agency programs and regulations will be realistic and acceptable; and mobilize support for the agency and its programs. 

  • The Bureau of Communication Services supervises and participates in the preparation and dissemination of information to the general public, media and other stakeholders. This relates to printed and digital platforms, including the website, videos, and other platforms.

  • The Bureau of Program, Project, and Safety Outreach provides outreach support for the agency’s various activities, with particular focus on projects and programs from the program development and project implementation areas, as well as legislative affairs.

Office of Legislative Affairs


Nicky Cortez-Hun - Director

Office of Legislative Affairs

The Office of Legislative Affairs is responsible for leading coordination with subject-matter experts from across the agency on legislative issues at both state and federal levels. This includes maintaining relationships both with elected officials and their staff, as well as sister agencies.

  • The Bureau of State Affairs is responsible for coordinating analysis and development of state legislative programs and strategies, as well as resolving issues of special interest to the Secretary. The objective is to ensure that departmental policy and actions, as well as state legislation, consistently support and enhance Illinois’ transportation interests.
  • The Bureau of Federal Affairs is responsible for coordinating analysis and development of federal legislative programs and strategies, as well as resolving issues of special interest to the Secretary. The objective is to ensure that departmental policy and actions, as well as federal legislation, consistently support and enhance Illinois’ transportation interests.

Office of Finance and Administration


Jeff Heck - Director

Office of Finance and Administration

The Office of Finance and Administration is responsible for developing and administering the Department’s budget; managing the departmental personnel systems; providing accounting and auditing functions to ensure sound fiscal management; providing centralized business services functions and IDOT facilities management; and providing management information capabilities required to meet management and engineering needs.

  • The Bureau of Business Services provides administrative services including duplication, records management, central stockroom service, mail and messenger service and motor pool service. It provides general accounting services including general cost accounting and management of federal billing.
  • The Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management forecasts all departmental revenues and expenditures; manages all IDOT funds; develops, defends and executes IDOT’s total budget; analyzes departmental programs; performs management reviews; improves the Department’s operating efficiency; and serves as financial liaison with the Bureau of the Budget, the legislature and commissions. It provides auditing services and recommendations on internal financial policies, procedures and control.
  • The Bureau of Information Processing provides departmental computer services to assist in maximizing effectiveness of resources through better information and increased productivity. This is accomplished by analyzing management information needs and data relationships; conducting feasibility studies for computer applications, designing, programming and implementing computer systems; providing daily processing of systems and maintaining effectiveness; and planning for current and future network management and support.
  • The Bureau of Personnel Management provides staff services in the administration of personnel programs for all departmental employee groups. These programs include employment and placement, policy administration, organizational analysis and salary administration.  The Bureau administers the Personnel Code and rules of the Department of Central Management Services.  The Bureau provides staff services in the administration of programs for all department employee groups.  These programs include employee safety, workers’ compensation, employee assistance and training development.  Additionally, the bureau provides transactional support for the central office staff.

  • The Bureau of Investigations and Compliance is designated as the Secretary’s advocate for compliance review activities.  As such, it monitors the department’s projects and programs on a sample basis for compliance with quality and quantity product commitment along with safety and legal requirements.  The Bureau also performs financial audit services for the department to provide assurances of Local Agency and contractor compliance with the state and federal regulations, laws and the contracts specifications.  The Section Chief serves as the Department’s Chief Financial Review Officer. The Bureau also conducts and assists law enforcement with internal and external investigations as they relate to the department.  In addition, the Bureau ensures the completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks. Lastly, the Bureau Chief serves as the Department’s Law Enforcement Liaison.

Office of Business and Workforce Diversity

Pam Simon - Director
Pamela Simon - Director

Office of Business and Workforce Diversity

The Office of Business and Workforce Diversity is responsible for overseeing the implementation of directives, policies and strategies for departmental business diversity efforts designed to support efficient operations and ultimately aimed toward achieving departmental goals and objectives.  The Office directs the periodic reviews of departmental efforts for compliance with tenets of quality and underlying laws, regulations and policies governing these projects and programs resulting in policy changes.  The Office promotes a climate of compliance with prevailing civil rights laws and minimizes departmental exposure to forfeiture of federal funds, litigation or administrative intervention.

  • The Bureau of Small Business Enterprises provides overall direction of the Department’s various programs for small business utilization. These programs include the federally mandated highway construction program for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE); and similar programs arising out of the state’s Business Enterprises Program for minorities, females and persons with disabilities.  The Bureau also directs departmentwide efforts to ensure contractor compliance with the work force utilization goals and labor wage laws and regulations.
  • The Bureau of Civil Rights provides for the development, implementation and monitoring the departmental programs for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA), federal contract compliance (Title VI) and for the handicapped (Section 504). The Bureau assists with the Department's Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprises (DBE) Program and participates in its annual planning and review process.  The Bureau also provides counseling and informational services to employees, investigates allegations of discrimination in employment and assists the Office of Chief Counsel in preparing departmental responses to the allegations.

Office of Chief Counsel


Philip Kaufmann - Acting Chief Counsel

Office of Chief Counsel

The Office of Chief Counsel is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Department on both policy issues and proposed actions affecting any of its operating division or staff offices.  The Office is also responsible for the prosecution of all departmental litigation in cooperation with the Attorney General.  The Office of Chief Counsel administers tort liability claims, property damage claims and uncollectible receivables.  It also processes lien and bond claims against contractors.  In addition, the Office coordinates the purchase and service of all insurance policies and administers the Department’s self-insurance program.

  • The Bureau of Legal Services advises other divisions and offices within the agency concerning all legal matters and represents the Department in legally related matters with the Governor’s Office, other state agencies, federal and local governmental offices and the general public. Legal Services reviews the legal aspects of the Department’s legislative program; reviews new federal and state legislation, court decisions and Attorney General’s opinions for the legal aspects of their effect on departmental operations; and drafts and negotiates contracts with outside entities.  In conjunction with the Attorney General, Legal Services directs the Department’s position and strategy in all major judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • The Bureau of Claims represents the Department in the areas of property claims, third party torts, uncollected accounts receivable, claims against contractor performance and payment bonds and liens against public funds, including the processing and pretrial preparation of actions filed against the Department in the Court of Claims. The Bureau is responsible for the administration of risk management for the Department including coordinating insurance purchases, managing self-insurance programs and approving indemnity or hold harmless agreements in various contracts.

Office of Internal Audit


Steven Kirk - Director

Office of Internal Audit

Directs and implements a comprehensive agency-wide internal audit program; conducts audits and reviews of agency programs, policies and procedures to evaluate their effectiveness; develops the agency’s Annual Audit Plan; and monitors implementation of audit recommendations and findings.