Former Illinois 18th District House of Representatives Congressman, Ray LaHood, now the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, was the honored speaker at the luncheon held at the Union League Club of Chicago on May 15, 2009. Mr. LaHood served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and became the 16th U.S. Secretary of Transportation on January 23, 2009.
The U.S. Department of Transportation that Mr. LaHood now leads boasts more than 55,000 employees and a budget of $70 billion. As Secretary of Transportation, he oversees air, maritime and surface transportation missions.
In a prepared statement, Mr. LaHood spoke about the Department of Transportation’s many goals, including high speed rail between Chicago and other Midwestern cities, rebuilding the transportation infrastructure, and other stimulus programs designed to modernize America’s transportation systems.
Robert Kreisman is a member of the Union League Club’s Public Affairs Committee, which sponsored the booking of Secretary LaHood for this event was attended by more than 300 Union League members and guests. Mr. LaHood generously took questions from the audience following his talk.
During his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. LaHood served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and after that on the House Appropriations Committee.
Secretary LaHood also was the key note speaker at the University of Illinois’ law school graduation on Saturday, May 17, 2009.
Chicago attorney Robert Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been handling trucking accident cases and Illinois car accident lawsuits for over 30 years, serving areas in and around Cook County including Downers Grove, Arlington Heights, Evanston, and Oak Lawn.