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Fall Planning Conference

The conference is just around the corner, and we've got a full, virtual, event planned for everyone! The virtual event will consist of our traditional welcome session followed by a series of five webinars. Topics for the sessions are COVID-19, active transportation, equity, sustainability, and planning and environmental linkages. They are being developed like our typical conference breakout sessions and will include panels as well as presentations by your peers.

Even though we were looking forward to seeing everyone in person this year, your safety is our top priority and going virtual was the safest option. One advantage of our virtual format is you don't have to choose which events to attend, because all the webinars will be available during the first three weeks of October. Registration links are provided below and detailed information for webinars will be sent to you several weeks prior to each event. We look forward to having you participate in our conference!

2020

Webinar schedule and updated registration links below.

Session 1
Oct. 6, 1-2 p.m. Welcome to the 35th Annual IDOT Fall Planning Conference

To view webex of Session 1, click here.

Event Details 

Illinois Department of Transportation

Omer Osman, Acting Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Acting Secretary Osman will give an update on the status of numerous initiatives at the department. This will include the implementation of Rebuild Illinois, response to COVID-19 and other high-priority updates from the department.

Federal Highway Administration

Arlene Kocher, Division Administrator, Illinois Division Office

Division Administrator Kocher will provide an update on the status of the FHWA, expiration of the FAST Act and the COVID-19 response.

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Omer Osman, Acting Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Omer Osman was appointed Transportation Secretary by Gov. JB Pritzker in 2019. His appointment reflects three decades of experience at the Illinois Department of Transportation in engineering and management, most recently serving as deputy secretary. Osman began his career at IDOT as a civil engineer in 1989. As he acquired experience at the department, he progressively took on more challenging leadership roles, starting at the district level and then rising into executive management.

Arlene Kocher, Division Administrator, Illinois Division Office

Arlene Kocher assumed the role of Illinois Division Administrator in early 2019. She previously served as Division Administrator in Minnesota and Assistant Division Administrator in Utah. Kocher originally joined FHWA's Illinois Division in 2001 as a transportation engineer. Prior to joining FHWA, Kocher gained valuable leadership experience while serving 13 years at IDOT. She holds a bachelor's degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session 2
Oct. 8, 1-3 p.m. The Effects of COVID-19 on Transportation and Planning

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COVID-19 has affected virtually all aspects of our daily lives, and transportation planning is no exception. In this conference session, we will learn from visual representations of pre- and post-COVID-19 transportation data, a presentation describing data analyses that illustrate changes in travel habits due to COVID-19, and a panel of local and state transportation professionals sharing their experiences over the past few months.

Event Details 

Moderator

Ken Runkle, IDOT Bureau of Planning, Policy and Innovation Section 

Presenters

Sheng Chen, IDOT Bureau of Planning, Travel Demand Modeling 

Maren Outwater, PE, Vice President, Resource Systems Group, Inc. 

Stephen Tuttle, Resource Systems Group, Inc.  

As Illinois develops its first-ever Statewide Travel Demand Model, IDOT has used the Phase 1 Model to perform various analyses and simulations. This presentation will share how big data and the model were used to measure changes in vehicle miles traveled and other travel metrics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The big data component includes observations from before and during the pandemic and leverages both location-based services data and GPS data provided by the American Trucking Research Institute. The Statewide Travel Demand Model was used to establish the baseline, pre-COVID-19 conditions, and to perform COVID-19 versus no-COVID-19 forecasts. The presentation will illustrate how vehicle miles traveled and other travel metrics have changed by IDOT district and will discuss possible implications for fuel tax revenue. 

Presentation:  The Effects of COVID-19 on Transportation and Planning

Panelists

Rita Morocoima-Black, Planning and Community Development Director, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission  

Holly Bieneman, Director, IDOT Planning and Programming 

Gena McCullough, Assistant Executive Director/Planning Director, Bi-State Regional Commission 

Chelsey Hohensee, Manager of Operations at QC MetroLINK

The panel will answer questions and discuss issues related to the effects of COVID-19 on transportation operations and planning. Panelists will share their experiences as a result of COVID-19, lessons learned and how they imagine the path forward. 

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Ken Runkle, IDOT, Policy and Innovation Section  

Ken works on policy issues related to the use of big data in transportation, mileage-based user fees, micro-mobility and new transportation technologies. He holds a doctorate degree in public administration and advanced degrees in environmental science and risk assessment. He is a huge Cubs and Illini fan. 

Sheng Chen, IDOT, Travel Demand Modeling and Forecasting Section Chief 

Sheng has been instrumental in developing the first Illinois Statewide Travel Demand Model. His most recent projects include applying travel model and economic analysis tools in the planning process. He lives in Chicago and enjoys bicycling and hiking with the family. 

Maren Outwater, PE, Vice President, Resource Systems Group, Inc.  

Maren develops and applies forecasting models for passenger travel, land use, tolling, rail and transit ridership, environmental and economic impacts, and commercial and freight mobility. Her internationally recognized work bridges the gap between academic research and practice to deliver actionable results. She has completed federal research projects to evaluate autonomous and connected vehicles, improve smart growth and transit, and develop long-distance passenger and freight demand models. 

Stephen Tuttle, Resource Systems Group, Inc.   

Steve is managing RSG's work on the new Illinois Statewide Travel Demand Model. His recent projects have leveraged big data to aid model estimation and forecasting. He holds a master's degree in transportation science. 

Rita Morocoima-Black, Planning and Community Development Director, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission 

Rita has more than 30 years of experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning. Her emphasis in the last 20 years has been in MPO services. Under her leadership, the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study has been recognized multiple times by FHWA for quality work in scenario planning, public engagement, and developing innovative data collection and analysis tools. 

Holly Bieneman, IDOT Director of the Office of Planning and Programming

Holly has more than 15 years of experience conducting planning and programming at the local, regional and state level. Before IDOT, she worked for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and managed numerous transportation programs, coordinated with local jurisdictions to program and accomplish projects, and assisted in the development of their first long-range transportation plan. She has a bachelor's degree in public administration and economics from Northern Illinois University and a graduate degree in public policy and administration from Northwestern University. 

Gena McCullough, Assistant Executive Director/Planning Director, Bi-State Regional Commission  

Gena has been with Bi-State since 1988, with 19 of those years in management. She is a certified planner (AICP) and is involved in planning activities related to urban and regional multimodal transportation, air quality, solid waste management, riverfront development, community development, community health, land use and environmental planning. She received a bachelor's degree in geology and a master's in geography from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   

Chelsey Hohensee, Manager of Operations Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK) 

MetroLINK is based in Moline and provides fixed-route, paratransit and passenger ferryboat services to eight communities in the Illinois Quad Cities Region. Chelsey currently oversees MetroLINK's operations, maintenance and facilities departments. She holds a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in public administration. 

Session 3
Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m. Active Transportation: Funding, Mapping and Access

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Let's discuss active transportation and what's happening throughout Illinois. Communities that plan for bicycle transportation and recreation reap various benefits. But how do you go about doing so? In this webinar, we will discuss how to plan for active transportation, interactive mapping and information on available funding resources.

Event Details 

Moderator

Lee Ann Prather, IDOT Bureau of Planning, Bicycle / Pedestrian Coordinator

Presenters

Ed Barsotti, Senior Consultant, Ride Illinois

Presentation: Bikeway Type and Bike Planning

Sydney Turner, Metro Program Manager, Region 1 Planning Council 

Presentation: Online Regional Bicycle Map

John Paris, IDOT Bureau of Programming, Special Programs Unit Chief

Presentation: Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program

The first part of the presentation will be a comparison of various types of on- and off-road bikeway infrastructure, with practical suggestions on what's appropriate in different contexts. 

We will discuss real-life strategies for successful municipal bicycle planning, implementation, and grant-seeking and how to fund such efforts. For example, we will cover the benefits of Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funding. You will learn about application timeframe, ITEP categories and funding availability with details on requirements for use of state funds. Details on the new Community Map will be shared, along with an explanation of its components and functionality.  Attendees will hear about overall ITEP application, including how the project score will be developed.

Attendees will also learn about the Rockford Metropolitan Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Following recommendations in 2017, the Region 1 Planning Council began working with partner agencies to update the regional bicycle and pedestrian facility database, as well as create a regional online bicycle map. The goal of this project was twofold. First, provide a user-friendly interface for members of the public to readily access the bicycle facilities within the area. Second, provide a resource for partner agencies to access a routinely updated database with both on-street bicycle and shared-use paths for the entire region.

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Lee Ann Prather, IDOT Bureau of Planning, Bicycle / Pedestrian Coordinator  

Lee Ann works on the Transportation Alternatives Program, Active Transportation Plan, mapping and other issues related to active transportation. She represents IDOT on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, U.S. Department of Transportation and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning committees. She has served at IDOT for more than 10 years, beginning her career with District 6 in Studies and Plans. She previously worked in the Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and enjoys serving her family and communities throughout the country. 

Ed Barsotti, Senior Consultant, Ride Illinois

Ed has been with Ride Illinois (previously League of Illinois Bicyclists) since 2001. His work with the statewide advocacy organization has focused on improving bicycle conditions through infrastructure, education of cyclists and motorists, favorable legislation and policies, and more.  As one part of his role, Ed has served as a bike planning consultant for 21 Illinois towns and dozens of others.  

Sydney Turner, Metro Program Manager, Region 1 Planning Council  

Sydney Turner has been with Region 1 Planning Council for five years, where she serves as the Metro Program Manager. She is responsible for managing the transportation planning initiatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Organization, including the development of the recently adopted 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and the Rockford Metropolitan Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Her upcoming projects include a Regional Freight Study and a comprehensive update to the MPO's Transportation Systems Management and Operations Plan. She received a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

John Paris, IDOT Bureau of Programming, Special Programs Unit Chief

John serves as the Special Programs Unit Chief in the Bureau of Programming, overseeing management of several grant programs including Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, Safe Routes to School Program, and Economic Development Program. John began working at IDOT in 2007 and has served as the Illinois Safe Routes to School Coordinator in both the Bureau of Safety Engineering and Bureau of Programming

Session 4
Oct. 15, 1-3 p.m. Equity in Planning and Programming

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Event Details:

Moderator
Holly Bieneman, Director Office of Planning and Programming

Addressing Equity in Bike Planning
Benet Haller, AICP, Associate AIA, LEED AP, Transit Manager, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

Presentation:  IDOT Fall Planning Conference Equity Presentation

Bike planning faces unique challenges for public engagement and equity. A relatively small number of very active cyclists representing a fairly narrow demographic will advocate for bike improvements serving their needs while a much larger number of local residents who bike less frequently and are more diverse in terms of age, race, income and ability are not well represented. If a typical community meeting on bicycle planning is taken to be representative of what a community wants, this can result in bike facilities in high-stress environments used by only a small percentage of local residents who bicycle.

Collaborating for Comprehensive Transit Planning
Brandon Geber, Transportation Systems Specialist, Region 1 Planning Council
Lisa Brown, Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Rockford Mass Transit District

Presentation: Collaborating for Comprehensive Transit Planning

This presentation is a case study regarding lessons learned during the Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD) Comprehensive Mobility Analysis, a collaborative approach to comprehensive transit planning in the Rockford region executed by RMTD and Region 1 Planning Council (RPC) and funded through IDOT Statewide Planning and Research (SPR) funds. Attendees will learn how RMTD and RPC were able to leverage local public outreach and transportation planning resources to bolster the equitable provision of public transportation services. The collaborative approach to performing this study expands on traditional short-term opportunities for improvement to incorporate long-term goals that the involved agencies can seamlessly advance together.

Bridging the Racial Mobility Gap: Incorporating Equity into Performance-based Planning Processes
Audrey Wennink, Director of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Council

Presentation: Bridging the Racial Mobility Gap

Recent events have further highlighted the systemic inequities built into American society, and our transportation infrastructure is no exception. People of color consistently experience worse mobility outcomes than white people, with longer and more difficult trips to access employment and other critical needs. These barriers have a major impact on economic stability and wealth accrual. To rectify these problems, the transportation sector must integrate equity into its methods for allocating resources. This webinar will highlight research published in a recent American Planning Association Planning Advisory Services Memo on using equity-oriented performance measures in transportation planning, documenting current methods in practice and suggesting approaches for improvement.

Incorporating Equity into Programming at CMAP
Jane Grover, Outreach Principal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Presentation:  Incorporating Equity into Programming at CMAP

CMAP's long-range plan, ON TO 2050, includes inclusive growth, or equity, as one of its three main principles. To translate that into action in its transportation programming, CMAP used equity criteria in its last approved funding program as a factor in ranking candidate projects and included other features to assist disadvantaged communities in accessing federal funding. The presentation will describe these program features, evaluate their success and discuss potential changes for future rounds of funding.

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Benet Haller, AICP, Associate AIA, LEED AP,Transit Manager, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

Benet has worked as a planner in the Chicago Metro area for more than 26 years. He is a 1994 graduate of the Master in Urban Planning and Policy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been transit manager at the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways for nearly 3 years. Prior to working for the county, Benet worked in the Chicago Department of Planning and Development for nearly 20 years.
Brandon Geber, Transportation Systems Specialist, Region 1 Planning Council
Brandon performs various transportation planning work for the Region 1 Planning Council, with focus given to public transportation planning and traffic forecasting. In his dual role at RPC, Brandon also performs public transit planning duties for Rockford Mass Transit District. Before moving to the Rockford region in 2018, Brandon worked as a transportation planner for the Iowa Department of Transportation shortly after earning his graduate degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University.

Lisa Brown, Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Rockford Mass Transit District

Lisa Brown is the marketing and public relations specialist for the Rockford Mass Transit District, a position she has held for the last 23 years. During her tenure at RMTD, she has implemented numerous campaigns and initiatives heightening the awareness of the community's public transportation system. Currently, RMTD is working on introducing a new mobile ticketing app and rebranding RMTD. In addition to these efforts, Lisa has worked with RPC on the community outreach portion of the ongoing mobility study. Previous to working for RMTD, she worked for Cummings Advertising for 14 years. Lisa is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Rockford, for which she served as president in 1997. She volunteers for various agencies, causes and organizations and is the proud grandmother of Morgan and Rylee Brown, who keep Grandma and Grampa busy in their free time.

Audrey Wennink, Director of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Council

Audrey is the director of transportation for the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago, a nonprofit organization that conducts policy research and advocacy on urban planning issues in the region. Her work includes increasing support for sustainable forms of transportation, integration of performance-based planning methods into transportation practice and developing efforts to boost transportation equity. She coordinates transportation initiatives with other facets of planning, including affordable housing, land use, equity and the environment. Her team has partnered on development of a series of equity-oriented transportation research products and tools, including a qualitative study of black and brown transportation users' experience and a toolbox for employers to support worker transportation. Under her leadership, MPC developed the Toward Universal Mobility report, defining needed improvements to the Chicago region's transportation system to benefit people with disabilities and seniors. MPC's Transit Means Business report helped support advocacy for the state's 2019 Rebuild Illinois that now provides dedicated capital funding for transit in Illinois. Prior to her current position, Audrey was a transportation planning consultant for more than a decade. She holds a bachelor's degree from Colby College and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jane Grover, Outreach Principal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Jane Grover brings varied experience in law, local government, nonprofits and community engagement to her work as outreach principal for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Prior to joining CMAP in 2015, Jane served as 7th Ward Alderperson for the city of Evanston, where she led policy initiatives in community financial empowerment, inclusionary housing, recreation innovation and curbing distracted driving. Jane directed the leadership programs for the Evanston Community Foundation following a career in private law practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a joint degree in law and Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Session 5
Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m. A Sustainable Future: Planning for the Electrification of Transportation

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In 2018, Electric Vehicle (EV) global sales grew to more than two million units. Although these numbers are a small percentage of overall vehicle sales, this represents a 63% year-over-year increase. Such data points to an increase in EV adoption that continues to accelerate around the world. In this session, we will hear from representatives with local, regional and state perspectives as to how we can prepare for this revolutionary change to our industry. Finally, we will welcome new EV manufacturer Rivian to talk about their exciting new products set for release in 2021, some of which will be manufactured right here in Illinois.

Event Details: 

Moderator

Christopher Schmidt, IDOT Bureau of Planning, Air Quality Manager

Presentation:  IDOT Update

Panelists:

Samantha Bingham, Chicago Department of Transportation, Clean Transportation Program Manager & Chicago Area Clean Cities Coordinator

Presentation:  A Sustainable Future Chicago Department of Transportation

Sydney Turner, Region 1 Planning Council, Metro Program Manager

Presentation:  Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

Edith Makra, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Director of Environmental Initiatives

Presentation:  Moving forward with EV

Zach Dietmeier, Rivian, Plant Communication & Policy Manager

Biographies:

Samantha Bingham, Chicago Department of Transportation, Clean Transportation Program Manager & Chicago Area Clean Cities Coordinator

As the Clean Transportation Program manager for the city of Chicago's Department of Transportation, Samantha is responsible for developing and implementing policies, programs and projects that reduce emissions from the transportation sector and assist in achieving the city's sustainability goals. During her 13-year tenure at the city, Sam has leveraged more than $70 million in local and federal grant funding for clean vehicle incentive programs in the Chicago region, including the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations and medium- and heavy-duty hybrid and electric trucks and buses. Samantha also serves as the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coordinator for the local Chicago Area Clean Cities coalitions, whose goal is to reduce petroleum in the transportation sector primarily through education and technical assistance.

Sydney Turner, Region 1 Planning Council, Metro Program Manager

Sydney Turner has been with Region 1 Planning Council for 5 years, where she serves as the Metro Program manager. She is responsible for managing the transportation planning initiatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Organization, including the development of the recently adopted 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and the Rockford Metropolitan Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Her upcoming projects include a Regional Freight Study and a comprehensive update to the MPO's Transportation Systems Management and Operations Plan. She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.

Edith Makra, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Director of Environmental Initiatives

Edith Makra directs sustainability initiatives for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a coalition of 275 mayors in the greater Chicago region. She leads programs to advance sustainability and environmental stewardship for municipalities. Edith developed the Greenest Region Compact, a consensus sustainability pledge now adopted by 131 Chicago-area communities, forming the largest regional municipal sustainability collaborative in the United States. She has a Bachelor of Science in forestry from the University of Illinois, earned an Executive Sustainability Certificate from Harvard University, and is an International Society of Sustainability Professionals - Certified Sustainability Professional. 

Zach Dietmeier, Rivian, Plant Communications & Policy Manager

Zach Dietmeier is the Plant Communications and Policy manager for Rivian in Normal. Zach manages all regional public relations, public policy discussions and Illinois-based corporate communication efforts. Zach is a two-time Illinois State University graduate and has lived in the Bloomington-Normal area for 12 years, working in local radio journalism, collegiate athletics, university marketing and, most recently, as the vice president of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council. 

Session 6
Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m. Planning and Environmental Linkages

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Event Details:

Moderator
Mike Vanderhoof, Planning Services Section Chief

The Planning and Environment Linkage program represents a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision-making that: 1) considers environmental, community and economic goals early in the transportation planning process, and 2) uses the information, analysis and products developed during planning to complete the environmental review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

Session 1. Federal Perspective and Lessons Learned

Panelists:

Jon-Paul Kohler, Planning and Program Development Manager, FHWA Illinois Division

John Sherrill, Social Economics Specialist, IDOT

Felecia Hurley, Natural Resource Specialist, IDOT

Faith Duncan, Project Engineer, IDOT - District 2

Presentation:  Federal Perspective and Lessons Learned

In this session, we will hear the federal perspective on the value of the PEL program and PEL studies for advancing project development and delivery. The program is new in Illinois and a lot has been learned about when a PEL study might be a valuable tool. The panel will also discuss the scope and level of detail requirements for PEL studies in Illinois as well as lessons learned from the Interstate 80 project over the Mississippi River.

Session 2. IDOT BDE Manual Update and Revisions to the NEPA/404 Merger Agreement

Presenter:

Scott Marlow, Environmental Policy Manager, IDOT Bureau of Design and Environment

Presentation:  BDE Policy Manual Update

Scott will summarize the changes to both the Bureau of Design and Environment manual and National Environmental Policy Act/404 merger agreement to provide guidance and processes for PEL study development and use.

Session 3. Champaign County Regional Environmental Framework

Presenters:

James Sullivan, Transportation Planner, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Kazi Jahan, Transportation Planner, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Presentation:  Champaign County Regional Environmental Framework

The Regional Environmental Framework is a comprehensive resource consisting of a report on the compliance-triggering environmental and cultural features within Champaign County. This report is supplemented with maps detailing the spatial composition of each feature that combine federal, state and public records research tools with other agency-approved sources. With this resource, local planners, engineers and interested parties will be able to make informed decisions that generate sustainable transportation projects in less time while making strides in both the NEPA and IDOT environmental review processes by including environmental considerations in the initial planning phase.

Biographies:

Jon-Paul Kohler, Planning and Program Development Manager, FHWA Illinois Division

Jon-Paul Kohler has been with the Federal Highway Administration for more than 35 years and has served as the Illinois Division's Planning and Program Development Manager since 2000. In this position, he oversees a nine-member staff who deliver the following federal-aid programs: planning, air quality, freight, environment, right-of-way, asset management and transportation performance management, pavement and materials, highway safety, and mobility. Jon-Paul received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1987 from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

John Sherrill, Social Economics Specialist, IDOT

John Sherrill is the social economics specialist and NEPA project coordinator at IDOT. He has a Bachelor of Science in finance and a Master of Science in geography. He has worked at IEPA and IDOT for 26 years in the environmental field.

Felecia Hurley, Natural Resource Specialist, IDOT

Felecia Hurley is the natural resource specialist and NEPA project coordinator at IDOT. She has a Bachelor of Science in zoology and a Master of Science in environmental studies. She has worked at IDOT for 19 years in the environmental field.

Faith Duncan, Project Engineer, IDOT - District 2

Faith is currently on the project team to replace the I-80 structure over the Mississippi River. She received her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2006 and has more than 20 years of experience overseeing the development of environmental reports and contract bid plans for projects throughout northwestern Illinois.  

Scott Marlow, Environmental Policy Manager,IDOT Bureau of Design and Environment

Scott started with IDOT in 2001 in the Natural Resource Unit in the Environment Section, where he screened roadway projects for potential natural resource impacts and coordinated with state and federal agencies. He has been in the Policy Section as the environmental policy manager since 2007, where he is responsible for updating the Bureau of Design and Environment Manual, drafting policies and procedures, and working with other state and federal agencies on policy-related issues. Scott has a Master of Science in biology from the University of Illinois Springfield and a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

James Sullivan, Transportation Planner, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

James Sullivan is a Transportation Planner with the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission. He began working at RPC in October 2019, primarily on report writing, research and data acquisition/analysis. James has been significantly involved with the creation of the Champaign County Regional Environmental Framework, and the Urbana Kickapoo Rail Trail Extension Study. Graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in natural resources and environmental science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, James has a passion for environmental planning, working toward making our cities and transportation network more sustainable, efficient and equitable for future generations.

Kazi Jahan, Transportation Planner, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Kazi Jahan is a transportation planner at the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission. She primarily works on geographic information systems application in transportation planning and supports the MPO's work through data acquisition and research, geospatial analysis and map production. She has been integral to several RPC projects, including the Long-Range Transportation Plan 2045, Urbana Kickapoo Rail Trail Extension Study and Regional Environmental Framework. She holds a Master of Science in urban planning from the University of Cincinnati.


2019

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2018

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2017

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