Randall S. Blankenhorn has served as Illinois Transportation Secretary under Gov. Bruce Rauner since 2015. As head of the Illinois Department of Transportation, he leads an agency of 10 offices that serve the transportation needs of Illinois across multiple modes, in rural, suburban and urban environments. At IDOT, Blankenhorn oversees a $3 billion operating budget that supports a workforce of 4,800 employees, with annual oversight of more than $3.4 billion in capital projects.
With Blankenhorn as secretary, IDOT has focused on strengthening the state’s status as the transportation hub of North America.
Under his leadership, IDOT has embraced new approaches to investing in infrastructure. He led the first reorganization in several decades to make IDOT more efficient, improve customer service, integrate safety throughout the agency and instill a multimodal approach in all planning and programming activities. At his direction, the department is striving to become the most innovative department of transportation in the country, with a goal of providing safer, more cost-effective transportation to the people of Illinois.
Prior to his appointment, Blankenhorn was the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. At CMAP, Blankenhorn oversaw transportation, land use, housing, economic development, environmental and other quality-of-life issues in the seven-county region of Northeastern Illinois. CMAP implemented GO TO 2040, the first truly comprehensive regional plan for the Chicago metropolitan area in more than a century.
His appointment as Transportation Secretary represented a return to IDOT, after having worked at the agency for 22 years. He served in a number of key positions in both the policy and planning divisions, eventually rising to the Bureau Chief of Urban Program Planning. Blankenhorn was the point person for planning on a number of major infrastructure projects throughout Illinois, including the south extension of Interstate 355 in Will County and the new Mississippi River Bridge in Metro East.
A lifelong Illinois resident, Blankenhorn is president of the Mid-American Association of State Transportation Officials, an organization striving to create a balanced transportation system that serves the transportation needs of the 10 member states, which also includes Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.