James R. Reilly Obituary – Former McPier RTA And Chicago Convention Chief Has Died

Death: Former McPier RTA And Chicago Convention Chief Has Died At 77 – Jim Reilly, a downstate Illinois lawmaker who served as chief of staff to two governors and led organizations responsible for Chicago-area mass transit, state construction projects, and the operations of McCormick Place and Navy Pier, has died at the age of 77.

According to abc7chicago.com, Steve Schlickman, a friend who served as executive director of the Regional Transportation Agency during Mr. Reilly’s tenure as chairman of the RTA board from 2005 to 2010, died of pneumonia Monday at the St. Joseph Village assisted living facility in Chicago, where he had been recovering from a fall. Mr. Reilly was lauded by Schlickman for navigating the agency through a $400 million annual shortfall.

“He has done more for transit as chairman of the RTA than any other chairman of that organization in the last 42 years,” Schlickman said. “He was instrumental in securing a (state) funding scheme that prevented service cuts and fare increases in 2008.”

 

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