The William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy & Strategy


The William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy & Strategy is a working conference that explores transportation and infrastructure problems facing the nation today and discusses new ways to plan, manage, and finance solutions for the 21st Century. The Symposium acts as a forum to connect decision-makers with transportation experts from all over the country and to build a consensus on policies for state and federal action now and in the future. By bringing together an impressive group of national and regional policy leaders and technical experts to explore, discuss, and learn together, the Symposium aims to showcase a variety of perspectives and move towards a better understanding of transportation policies and laws.

The Symposium is named for former United States Representative William Oliver Lipinski (D-IL), who served on the Transportation Committee. William or "Bill" Lipinski was born in Chicago and educated at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve, as a public administrator with the Chicago Park District, and as the Democratic committeeman for Chicago's 23rd Ward

In 1975, Lipinski was elected to the Chicago City Council as the alderman for the 23rd Ward. Seven years later, he was elected U.S. Representative for Illinois's 5th Congressional district. He represented the 5th and, later, the 3rd Congressional districts from 1983 until his retirement in 2005. During his tenure, Rep. Lipinski served on the the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and had a lifelong passion for transportation-related fields.