Halvorson Hopes For IDOT Post

CRETE, Ill. (WBBM) — Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson hopes that when Gov. Pat Quinn picks someone new to replace the outgoing Illinois Department of Transportation secretary in the next couple of months, he will pick her.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Halvorson says she would like the job because she can help bring home more federal money for projects such as high-speed rail and improvements for roads and bridges.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

“This is a must,” she said. “This is the number one part of the job, is to be able to have doors opened and phones answered; be able to go to Washington, D.C., and know exactly the process of getting those federal dollars,” Halvorson said.

Halvorson says dignitaries such as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood support her in her efforts to win the IDOT job.

After serving in the state Senate, the Democratic Halvorson won the 11th Congressional District seat in 2008, but lost this past November to Republican Adam Kinzinger.

  • The Truth

    Great, another democrat ID(I)OT!!!! I’m sure this position is worth atleast 100K, bargain to a cash-strapped state!!!

  • dan

    TT-Don’t forget about the generous pension that probably comes on top the 100K that she will receive on top of her other pensions

    • Roberta Waker

      I hear a lot of people complaining about the generous pensions our elected representatives get when they leave office; but I haven’t heard any action being taken. We need to get signatures on petitions for the 2012 election if this is to change. There is an amendment circulating that would take away many forever benefits and reduce pensions when someone leaves office. Congress is to have the same “benefits” and coverage that they vote into law for the American people and that includes the health care plan and they should also pay into and receive Social Security. Change will take time and effort, complaints do nothing.

  • Tom Sharp

    If “Acorn Man” Durbin and the usual machine hacks support her—Strike three she’s out!

  • Jim

    I also hope to win the lottery someday…

  • Roberta Waker

    Debbie did a lot for the people of Illinois while she was in office. Unfortunately she paid the price for being a Democrat. She ALWAYS got back to her constituents on questions and problems and was one of the better representatives we had in a long time. Getting a VA Hospital at the Silver Cross site was no easy feat and this will help our veterans get good care without having to travel. The jury is still out on Adam K – time will tell if he’s a good representative or not.

  • southside

    Another banacle sucking the blood from the taxpayers. Hey Pat Quinn, how’s about appointing a non-political, qualified individual? Better yet, leave the position VACANT

  • Richard

    I’ll take the job for 45k and some decent medical / dental insurance. Oh, and free tolls of course!!!!

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