George Ranney '66 Named Chairman of Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force by Gov. Quinn

From the Chicago Tonight website:

Also today, Gov. Pat Quinn appointed a team to recommend overhauling the region's entire transit system.

Quinn issued an order to create the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force, an independent panel of transit, finance and government leaders. The 15-member task force will issue recommendations to reform the mass transit system in northeastern Illinois, according to a release from Quinn's office.

“It’s clear that the mass transit system in northeastern Illinois is not working for taxpayers,” Quinn said. “This task force is a step forward to make our transit system worthy of the public’s trust. Their recommendations will be valuable as we work in both the veto and spring sessions to reform mass transit in northeastern Illinois.”

Initial recommendations will be provided to Quinn and the llinois General Assembly before the fall veto session, and the task force will issue a final report by January 31, 2014.

Read more about all the members:

Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force

Co-Chair George Ranney Jr. is President and CEO of Metropolis Strategies. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School, he served as Deputy State Budget Director under Governor Richard B. Ogilvie and was the chairman of the task force which led to the creation of the Regional Transportation Authority. A trustee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 1991 to 2005 and an emeritus trustee at the University of Chicago, George Ranney is the former Chair and Chief Executive of Prairie Holdings Corporation, the firm which developed Prairie Crossing, a nationally recognized conservation community in north suburban Grayslake. He has served in various capacities for Inland Steel Industries, include Vice President for Raw Materials and General Counsel. In addition, Mr. Ranney is senior counsel to Mayer Brown LLP. He has worked for a number of civic and non-profit organizations including Chicago Public Television (WTTW) and the Field Foundation of Illinois and lives in Grayslake.