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5/25 APA-CMS + Transport Chicago: What Does IIJA Mean for the Chicago Region?

Updated: May 23, 2022

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) + You

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) is the largest federal investment in infrastructure in US history and provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make substantial investments in US infrastructure, along with making substantial progress on climate change and social inequities across country. Join CMAP, APA-IL Chicago Metro Section and Transport Chicago for a conversation on what these investments mean for the country and the Chicago Region.

Social Hour: Following the presentation, join your fellow planners for social hour across the street from the Old Post Office at Little Toasted.



  • APA-IL Members: $12

  • Non-Members: $18

  • Students: $6

DATE: Wed, May 25, 2022

TIME: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM CDT

PLACE: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) The Old Post Office 433 W. Van Buren St. Suite 450, Chicago, IL 60607 “Cook County” Conference Room


Jesse Elam is the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, where he oversees the Invest in Cook program and multi-modal planning. Prior to that, he worked at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning for 15 years in a variety of roles. He earned his masters in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kyle Whitehead is the Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Active Transportation Alliance, which advocates for walking, biking, and public transit to create healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities across the Chicago region. His background is in communications, policy, and government relations. At Active Trans, he’s helped lead the group’s outreach to federal, state, and local officials on how to invest public infrastructure funds.

Earl Jackson is the 2022 President of Transport Chicago and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, City and County of Denver. Prior to his current role, he’s worked in Budget & Capital Finance at the Chicago Transit Authority and further prior experience spanning service design, operations planning, and budget and capital planning at New York City Transit, BNSF and Union Pacific Railroad.


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