Robert Schillerstrom, Chairman Illinois State Toll Highway Authority

Date(s) - 02/26/18
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Maggiano's Banquets

Hosted by
City Club of Chicago

Robert Schillerstrom

Illinois State Toll Highway Authority

City Club of Chicago

Monday, Feb 26, 2018
11:30 a.m. reception/12:00 p.m. luncheon

In 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Bob Schillerstrom Chairman of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority Board, which oversees the state’s 292 mile tollway system with a $1.3 billion annual budget.

As Tollway Chairman, Schillerstrom has championed economic growth and innovative ideas that provide a better experience for customers and all those who do business with the Tollway. He has begun implementation towards an entire cashless, all electronic system that saves customers both time and money. Schillerstrom has doubled down on increasing contracts and training for minority, women and veteran owned firms with the tollway awarding over 1 billion in DBE contracts.

Schillerstrom has long advocated for improving infrastructure and planning for the future. During his term, the Tollway has announced the rebuild of the Central Tri State, 490 extension, 53/120 EIS study and numerous additional projects. This past year, Schillerstrom alongside many coalitions’ partners and Tollway leadership, announced the grand opening of 390.

Chairman Schillerstrom is a partner in Ice Miller’s Public Affairs and Public & Municipal Finance Groups. Schillerstrom 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 previously served three terms as Chairman of the DuPage County Board. As Chairman, Schillerstrom earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative for reducing property taxes nine times while maintaining a AAA bond rating for his entire tenure as Chairman.  He also earned a reputation as a builder, regularly investing in roads, flood control and drainage projects and in the DuPage Court System.  He consistently did more for the citizens of DuPage County while spending less.

Chairman Schillerstrom has also been active in environmental issues, previously serving as a Commissioner and President of the Naperville Park District, President of the Conservation Foundation, and Member of the DuPage Forest Preserve District.  He is currently a Trustee for the Morton Arboretum. Schillerstrom has lived and practiced law in DuPage County throughout his adulthood. He graduated from Naperville Community High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Religion and History from Illinois College in Jacksonville, graduating with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law with honors. After graduating from law school, he served in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, prosecuting cases in the Criminal Division as an assistant state’s attorney from 1980-1983. Over the years he has also served as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney in DuPage County and as a Special Illinois Assistant Attorney General.  He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association. Prior to joining Ice Miller, he was in the private practice of law in Naperville for more than 20 years. Schillerstrom resides in Naperville with his wife Mary Beth and has three children.