Governor Quinn Names Economic Recovery Panel to Provide Guidance for Recovery and Growth

CNT applauds Governor Pat Quinn’s creation of Economic Recovery Commission, a panel charged with providing guidance for dealing with the current economic downturn while also preparing plans to ensure the long-term health and prosperity of Illinois’ economy.

“It is the best way to be ready and smart about upcoming economic opportunities to address the state’s unemployment rate and to accelerate the recovery and make it work for all communities and residents of Illinois,” stated CNT’s President Scott Bernstein who was appointed to the Commission. “We can take a leadership role in a 21st century approach that makes Illinois and its communities leaders in taking on tough economic and environmental issues simultaneously.”

On October 31, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn named a diverse group of 35 Illinois professionals to the newly-formed commission. Governor Quinn appointed Alexander I. Rorke and John A. Spring as co-chairs of the Commission.

The Economic Recovery Commission will have six task forces: infrastructure, sustainability, innovation, global markets, education, and government. CNT’s President Scott Bernstein is chair the Infrastructure Task Force. Jacky Grimshaw, CNT’s Vice President of Policy, was appointed to the Sustainability Task Force.

The Commission with submit a report outlining its findings and recommendations to Governor Quinn on or before March 31, 2010.
The first meeting of the Commission will be Monday, November 2, 2009, at 2 p.m. in room 2-025 at the James R. Thompson Center and in the lobby theater at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity at 620 East Adams Street in Springfield.

You can listen to the Commission meeting live at