Governor announces new efforts to expand diversity programs at Tollway

Illinois Tollway is offering new initiatives to increase participation by diverse

2/15/2017, 8 a.m.
Governor Bruce Rauner joined Tollway Chairman Bob Schillerstrom, Board Directors Corey Brooks and Joe Gomez, and Executive Director Greg Bedalov ...

The Tollway this year will launch new construction workforce training program that

will offer centers in disadvantaged communities to reduce obstacle and help workers gain the training, skills and access to jobs in the heavy highway construction trades. The new workforce development centers will provide workers with education programs to build their skills, with internships and apprenticeships to offer them training and then access to construction companies that need to hire new workers for future projects including the reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) scheduled to begin in 2020 as part of the Move Illinois Program.

The Tollway already is helping recruit and train diverse workers through its Earned

Credit Program, which supports pre-apprenticeship construction training programs and

then provides resumes to construction firms, which receive credits for future bids

on Tollway projects when they hire graduates of the program. More than 250 workers

who graduated from the Earned Credit Program have gain employment, collectively

earning more than $13 million in wages.

"We want to build on our successes and create better, broader opportunities for

disadvantaged and diverse businesses and workers," said Illinois Tollway Executive

Director Greg Bedalov. "We are determined to create a pool of contractors and

workers that is as diverse as the communities we serve in Northern Illinois."