Secretary of Transportation
Omer Osman - Secretary of Transportation
Illinois’ transportation network is an economic engine for the state, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is responsible for investing billions of dollars to build, support, and maintain modern and efficient roadways, railways, airports and transit systems. It is IDOT mission to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity, and demonstrate respect for our environment.
IDOT’s structure is oriented around what it is IDOT does as an agency – develop programs, implement projects, and support those efforts administratively and through public affairs. This organizational structure allows IDOT to serve the public and meet its core mission.
IDOT is headed by the Secretary of Transportation. The Office of the Secretary is responsible for the administration and operation of the offices within the Department. The Office of the Secretary also works closely with the Governor’s Office and the Illinois General Assembly to establish and implement Illinois’ transportation policies.
Jeremy LaMarche was appointed deputy secretary for Legislative Affairs and Communications in 2023. Previously, he worked in numerous legal and policy roles with the Regional Transportation Authority, most recently serving as director of Intergovernmental Policy, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the agency’s policy, legislative and regulatory agenda. In 2021, he was also appointed secretary to the RTA Board of Directors. Prior to joining the RTA, he served as associate counsel in the Office of the Illinois Senate President and practiced law. LaMarche graduated with a bachelor’s in political science and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.