9:30 AM09:30

September 2018 Lunch Program and Facility Tour: Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (1-90) SmartRoad

Sponsored by the Illinois Section of ITE and the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of the Midwest and Hosted by the Illinois Tollway and Pace Suburban Bus Service

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Please join us on Friday, September 21st for a presentation, tour and luncheon hosted by the Illinois Tollway and PACE Suburban Bus service on the I-90 Jane Adams Expressway SmartRoad.


The Illinois State Highway Toll Authority recently completed a project to rebuild and widen 62 miles of the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (1-90) as a 21st century, state-of-the-art transportation corridor. The $2.5 billion project has increased capacity, reduced traffic delays and will strengthen economic activity between the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan regions. The new roadway incorporates the latest ITS technologies in support of active traffic management and integrated transit to make the roadway safer and more efficient for Tollway customers.

Please come join us to learn more about how these exciting innovations are being used to manage traffic 24/7.

9:30 AM - Coffee & Traffic Operations Center Tour
10:30 - I-90 ATM and Roselle Road Park and Ride Tour
12:30 PM - Lunch

Member: $25
Non-members: $35
Students/Public Sector: $20

We'll start at the Tollway's office (in Downers Grove)with coffee and refreshments, followed by a short tour of the Tollway's Traffic Operations Center (TOC) to see first hand how SmartRoad operations are managed remotely by Tollway Traffic Operations staff.   Attendees will then board buses provided by PACE where they'll be provided with a presentation on the Smart Road while touring a section of the I-90 SmartRoad.  Participants will then arrive at the new Pace (on-highway) bus station located at the I-90 and Barrington Road interchange where participants will tour the facility and see a live demonstration of the ATM (Advanced Traffic Management) system from the station's pedestrian overpass.  The day will be concluded with transport back to the Tollway's office and a luncheon.  


Illinois ITE and ITS Midwest are pleased to have the following presenters:

Amarpal Matharu, P.E., MBA works with the Illinois Tollway as their Traffic Operations Manager. He oversees planning, design and implementation of ITS devices and Traffic Operations for the Illinois tollway. Prior to his time with the Illinois Tollway, Mr. Matharu worked with CH2M HILL, AMEC and Edwards and Kelcey in New York City.  Mr. Matharu holds an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina, an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the City University of New York.  He is a Professional Engineer in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Mr. Matharu has over 22 years of experience in roadway planning and design, ITS, traffic operations and safety.  Mr. Matharu also has interest in CV/AV technologies.  Mr. Matharu is a past President for the Illinois Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, an office he held in 2008.

Charlotte Obodzinski, AICP is the Supervisor of Pace's Rapid Transit Program.  She started at the agency in 2008 after earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Obodzinski has held various positions including Service Planner and Rapid Transit Program Manager before assuming her current position as supervisor for the planning of rapid transit services on major arterials and highways in 2017, overseeing the associated planning and engineering work.  Her current projects include a partnership with the Illinois Tollway to develop an express bus network with support facilities along the I-90 and future corridors as well as the development and implementation.  Charlotte currently serves on the Illinois APA steering committee, Arlington Heights Bike and Pedestrian Commission and is a member of WTS and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Scott Lee, P.E. is Chief Engineer of Innovation and Technology at Transmart/EJM, with 25 years of ITS and traffic operations design and deployment experience. He has worked on a wide variety of nationwide ATMS, ATIS, and traffic signal optimization projects. He was Parsons Project Manager and designer for the ISTHA Traffic and Incident Management System (TIMS), including the Smart Road applications.  He still supports operational improvements to the system since joining Transmart/EJM in February of 2018.  Scott is a University of Illinois graduate in Civil Engineering. 

You'll not want to miss this exciting opportunity to get a first hand glimpse of how other future expressways in the region will be operated with these exciting innovations to provide a safer and more efficient service to all users.  


Registration deadline: 12 pm on September 19, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Thomas Szabo, IL ITE Activities Director at

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5:00 PM17:00

ITE/WTS/YPT "Back to School" Social

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Summer is winding down as we usher in the crisp fall air. Join ITE, WTS, and YPT as we head "back to school" for our fall happy hour! 

Please join us at Madison Tavern for a night of networking and relaxing with your fellow Transportation Professionals. This event will be a great opportunity to mingle with colleagues from various professional organizations. Registration includes one drink ticket and appetizers. 

Madison Tavern is located inside  Ogilvie Transportation Center. Stop by our happy hour before you catch the train home! For those taking the L, it is just a few blocks from the Clinton Green/Pink line and a few blocks from all major stops in the Loop. 

ITE/WTS/YPT Member: $10
Non-member: $15

Registration includes one drink ticket and light appetizers

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7:15 AM07:15

Golf Outing 2018

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We cordially invite you to join us for great fun at the 8th Annual ITE Illinois Section / WTS Greater Chicago Chapter / ITS Midwest Golf Outing.  

Proceeds from the Golf Outing will go to the Scholarship Funds of all three organizations to support future transportation engineers in obtaining their educational goals.  The participant registration fee includes golf and cart fee, a sleeve of balls, a cookout buffet lunch, beverage tickets, prizes, and giveaways!

The tournament will be played in scramble (best-ball) format, so you don't have to be ringer to play!  We look forward to seeing you on the course!

7:15 am - 7:45 am: Registration
8:00 am: Shotgun Start
2:00 pm: Lunch

individual Golfer: $120
Hole Sponsor: $300
General Sponsor: $200

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, all sponsors will be recognized at the event with signage at the registration table and at the post-event awards lunch. Hole sponsors will also be recognized at prize holes along the course. 

If you have any questions regarding the event or sponsorship, please feel free to contact Thomas Szabo at (847) 823-0500.

Reservation deadline: Friday, August 14, 2018 


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5:30 PM17:30

Summer Social - Ballast Point

There is nothing better than Chicago in the summer time, and what better way to enjoy, than socializing with colleagues and new friends. 

Please join us at Ballast Point in Chicago for a night of networking and relaxing with your fellow Transportation Professionals.  For $10, appetizers will be included along with 2 drink tickets to all attendees. 

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For those who choose to take public transportation, Ballast Point is located in the heart of Fulton Market, just a few blocks away from the Pink and Green lines. Can't wait to see everyone there!


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2:00 PM14:00

July Webinar: Introduction to Traffic Engineering Studies

This month's ITE webinar event is geared toward transportation interns who are interested in learning more about the profession. All are welcome to attend, although interns who are beginning to explore a career in traffic engineering will especially benefit from the topics covered. 

Interns: FREE
Others: $10

The event will be shown at Jacobs' Chicago office and 1.5 PDH's will be available. 

Light refreshments will be served and there will be time after the webinar to meet with fellow transportation interns and experienced professionals. 

Please consider forwarding this invite to your company's interns and/or coordinating their registration.

Traffic engineering is that phase of engineering that deals with the planning, geometric design and traffic operations of transportation systems including roads, streets, highways, sidewalks and bicycle lanes for the achievement of safe, efficient and convenient movement of people and goods. 

As trained professionals, traffic engineers need to base their recommendations by studying existing and future conditions under a number of scenarios. As part of these efforts, traffic engineers take traffic counts, analyze accident statistics, study speed data, examine roadway conditions, conduct research and study what other professionals are doing and the results they have achieved. Millions and multi-millions of dollars are typically spent based on the findings and recommendations of traffic engineering studies. 

This webinar provides an introduction to the multitude of studies and measurements performed by traffic engineers and transportation planners as part of their work, and some of the pitfalls to be aware of when performing certain types of traffic engineering studies.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will have: 

  • Reviewed the state of the practice for Traffic Engineering Studies.
  • Learned about potential new Traffic Engineering Studies.
  • Gained insight into the potential pitfalls to avoid with Traffic Engineering Studies.


Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 17th at 5:00 pm
Please contact IL ITE Technical Director, Kelly Dunne, at with any questions

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11:30 AM11:30

APWA City Branch: Illinois Legislators' Panel

Illinois ITE would like to share an upcoming luncheon held by the Chicago APWA branch. 

Key legislative leaders -- from both sides of the political aisle - will join us for a panel discussion covering infrastructure funding, licensure and other issues important to engineers and architects.  All are important decision-makers sitting on major committees and representing Chicago and surrounding areas. Engineers, Public Works Directors, Planners and Architects won't want to miss this engaging discussion about what's really going on in Springfield.  Kim Robinson, Ex. Dir. of ISPE, will chair the event and get the ball rolling.  Each legislator will offer his or her thoughts about issues confronting design professionals in Illinois.  We expect a robust Q & A session, so bring your questions!  APWA is working with ISPE, SEAOI and AIA, among other professional organizations,  to inspire mutual interest across disciplines and licenses and we anticipate over 100 attendees. One PDH will be awarded to attendees.

11:30 am - Networking/Reception
12:00 pm - Lunch
12:30 pm - Presentation/Discussion
1:30 pm - Adjourn

$20.00 - Public Sector & Students
$45.00 - Members of APWA, ISPE, AIA, SEAOI, ITE, WTS, ASCE
$55.00 - Non-Members
$100.00 - Luncheon Sponsor (includes 1 lunch ticket & sponsor recognition) (Multiple Sponsorships Available) 
$300.00 - Premium Table Sponsor (includes 2 lunch tickets & sponsor recognition) (Multiple Sponsorships Available)

*Any late or onsite registrations will be charged an increased ticket price of $100 per attendee (Checks Only).


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9:00 AM09:00

ITS Midwest Training Technical Training Opportunity: Connected Vehicles

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The Illinois Section of ITE would like to make transportation professionals aware of the following training opportunity:

Due to high demand, ITS Midwest has arranged with ITS America to offer a second session of the U.S. DOT Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Connected Vehicle 201 training course on connected and autonomous vehicles.

The full day training course will be offered July 26, 2018, 9:00am to 4:30pm at IDOT District 1, 201 West Center Court, Schaumburg, Illinois 60196. The course is offered at no charge, however registration is required. Space is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. To register, email this completed form to If you have questions, please contact Ken Glassman at 312.612.7288.

ITS Midwest will provide morning and afternoon break refreshments and a box lunch to course participants. We encourage professionals involved with, or planning connected vehicle initiatives to attend. The course is eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

CV201 training description:
The purpose of this course is to help transportation agencies that are beginning to plan implementation of a connected vehicle (CV) environment. The overall goal of the course is to teach participants how to develop an action plan in collaboration with regional partners to improve readiness for CV deployment. Participants will learn more about the safety, mobility, and applications and will gain an overview of three CV pilot sites in Wyoming, New York City, and Tampa. They will also learn how to identify funding sources for a CV projects. Lastly, they will be made aware of recent activities supported by the ITS Joint Program Office and resources available from the CV research program sponsored by the U.S. DOT. 

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1:30 PM13:30

Snack & Learn Webinar: Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossings

  • City of Naperville Municipal Center, Room 247 (map)
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The Illinois Section of ITE is hosting a webinar event for the benefit of ITE members and guests. The event will be shown at the City of Naperville Municipal Center and 1.5 PDH's will be available to attendees after the webinar. 

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With the recent recension and reintroduction of interim approval for the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB), a lot of attention has been drawn to the wide range of enhancements available for uncontrolled pedestrian crossings. Edge-lit warning signs, circular beacons, knock-down signs, flash rates... our toolbox continues to grow, but how are these devices actually used in practice? 

ITE has created an Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossings working group focused on this critical safety issue for members, with this webinar being the first effort. This webinar will feature perspectives from two local agencies, Seattle and Des Moines, as well as the Florida Department of Transportation, and how these agencies are addressing their uncontrolled crossings. This webinar is co-sponsored by the ITE Complete Streets Council and the Transportation Council.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will have: 

  • Learned about the wide variety of treatment options for uncontrolled pedestrian crossings.
  • Experienced how a variety of jurisdictions are addressing safety at their uncontrolled crossings.
  • Reviewed the safety research that has been conducted and what additional research is needed on uncontrolled crossing countermeasures.

Light refreshments will be served and networking with fellow transportation professionals is encouraged. 

Members: $10
Non-Members: $15
Students: $5
Sponsor: $0 (Please request code)

Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Please contact ILITE Technical Director, Kelly Dunne, at with any questions.

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6:00 PM18:00

ILITE/ASCE YMG Spring Social


There is nothing better than Chicago in the Spring time, and what better way to celebrate, than enjoying the end of winter, and the competition of P.E. exams for some members. Add some darts and a chance to socialize with colleagues to the mix, and you have our spring social. 

Please join us at Point & Feather in Chicago for a night of games and networking with your fellow Transportation Professionals and our friends from the ASCE Young Members Group (YMG).  There is no cost for the event!  Appetizers will be included.  Drinks will be available for purchase by attendees.

For those that choose to take public transportation, Point & Feather is located in River North, just a few blocks away from the Pink, Brown, and Red lines. 

REGISTRATION IS FREE and will include light appetizers. Drinks are not included. However, please click on the link above to register so we can have a proper headcount.

For any questions, please contact Tom Szabo, Activities Group Director at

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11:00 AM11:00

ASCE Springfield Legislative Day

  • Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Plaza 3 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ILITE would like to share an upcoming event held by the ASCE Illinois Section. The ASCE Springfield Legislative Day will be held on April 25th and will be an opportunity to speak to Illinois legislators on the importance of infrastructure investment and funding. This event will also present the 2018 Illinois Infrastructure Report Card.  Please see the attached flyer and registration link below. Deadline to register is April 19, 2018.


11:00 AM - Presentation by Secretary of Transportation Randall S. Blankenhorn
11:30 AM - Buffet & Networking
11:45 AM - Presentation on Illinois Infrastructure Report Card 2018
12:15 PM - Illinois Legislative Speakers
1:00 PM - Presentation and Q/A : Messaging to Legislators
1:30 PM - Meetings and visits with State Senators and Representatives
4:00 PM - Networking Happy Hour


ASCE Members - $35
Non-ASCE Members - $40
Educators and Government $25
Students - Free


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11:30 AM11:30

March 2018 Luncheon: Vision of Future Chicagoland Expressways

Please join us on Wednesday, March 28th for our March Luncheon, a presentation by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on Vision of Future Chicagoland Expressways. 

11:30 AM Networking
12:00 PM Lunch & Presentation 

Members: $30
Non-members: $40
Students/Public Sector: $20
Illinois Section Sponsor Codes are valid for this event.
In 2017, the Illinois Department of Transportation, The Illinois Tollway and CMAP collaborated to develop a future vision of the Chicagoland expressway system.  The goal was to provide a framework for which future expressway projects could be based to meet the demands of the ever changing transporation landscape of the 21st century.  Future strategies and technologies such as Advance Traffic Management, multi-purpose lanes, congestion pricing, alternate modes of transportation, connected vehicles, advanced ITS, capacity improvement alternatives and others were considered.  Please come join us to learn more about this exciting subject.
ITE is honored to host Mr. Tom Murtha from CMAP as the event speaker.  Representatives from both IDOT and the Tollway will be in attendence to answer questions and participate in discussion.

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Tom Murtha is a Senior Planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, where he manages numerous projects regarding future transportation mobility in the region.  Mr. Murtha recieved his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Register Here
Registration Deadline: 4 pm on March 27, 2018

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact:
Thomas Szabo, IL ITE Activities Director at

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11:30 AM11:30

Chicago ISPE March Luncheon - Engineers Without Borders

The Chicago Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) is hosting a March PDH Luncheon on March 27, 2018. The guest speaker for this event will be Alan Phelps, a water/wastewater infrastructure engineer with Baxter & Woodman, Inc.  The topic of this luncheon will be Triumphant Water Supply Project in Kenya and will feature a clean drinking water project undertaken and successfully completed by the Engineers Without Borders Chicagoland Professional Chapter in Western Kenya. 

Please head over to the ISPE website for more event details and registration information. This event is eligible for 1 PDH. 

Cost:  $40 for non-members

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