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Bob Schillerstrom Receives Award for Support of Diversity Programs in Tollway Project

Bob Schillerstrom Receives Award for Support of Diversity Programs in Tollway Project
March 19, 2018

In a ceremony on March 14, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) presented partner Bob Schillerstrom, Illinois Tollway Board of Directors Chairman, with the Visionary Award for his service to the community of Chicago and the construction industry.

The Visionary Award was presented at the Chicago Hilton & Towers at 720 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago during HACIA’s 39th Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet is recognized as the largest construction dinner in Chicago, with over 1,200 attendees from corporate and construction industries and government leaders.

Bob received the Visionary Award in recognition of his leadership promoting an inclusive Diversity Program to support the implementation of the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

“We recognize Mr. Schillerstrom's fulfilling efforts in implementing diversity and inclusion in the Tollway’s Move Illinois Program and its Diversity Program,” said HACIA Executive Director Jorge Perez. “Under his strong leadership and vision, he has ensured that contract opportunities for disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise firms, as well as veteran-owned firms, are expanded, and these firms are given an equal opportunity to participate on Tollway projects.”

The Tollway’s Diversity Program provides opportunities, sets goals, provides technical assistance and supports mentorship programs for diverse businesses and grows a strong pool of qualified firms owned by women, veterans and minorities to work on the Tollway project. To date, the Move Illinois program has invested more than $5.6 billion, with $1.6 billion committed to small, diverse or veteran-owned firms. As of January 2018, the capital program has created or sustained 57,430 jobs.

HACIA is a 501(c)(6) organization that promotes equitable participation of its constituents in the construction industry and promotes growth, integrity, professionalism and quality of work. HACIA works to give the Hispanic community tools to seek leadership opportunities, receive quality education and succeed in business.

Bob Schillerstrom is a partner in Ice Miller's Public Affairs and Public & Municipal Finance Groups. Bob counsels the Firm's clients on matters relating to government including: community relations, public affairs, strategic public policy development, real estate tax issues and zoning related matters. Bob further represents governments regarding their public finance needs; he works as a team with other lawyers at Ice Miller as bond counsel, underwriters counsel and disclosure counsel on all types of public borrowing. Bob also represents governments in their relationships with other governments and further consults on public-private partnerships (P3) to help municipalities and governments achieve their initiatives. He has been appointed to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors since 2015.

Learn more about Ice Miller’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts here.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.

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