The Illinois Municipal League sponsored a Federal-aid Highway Conference in Chicago, on Friday, January 27th. The purpose of the meeting was an informal discussion of legislation for Federal-aid, not only to the interstate highway system, but for the Federal-aid primary and secondary streets and road program. A number of State officials, headed by Governor William G. Stratton and Ralph Bartlesmeyer, Chief Highway Engineer of the State of Illinois, urged Congress to enact an adequate program for Federal aid to our highway system.
Other speakers on the program included Mayor Leo Struif, Alton, President of the Illinois Municipal League, Presiding Officer; Mayor Paul Johnson, Moline, Chairman; R. B. Soderstrom, President, Illinois Federation of Labor, Springfield; James Kelly, Assistant County Superintendent of Highways, Chicago; Lewis Lush, Springfield, County Superintendent of Highways, Sangamon County; Member, Local Roads Committee, American Road Builders' Association; Joseph Rittenhouse, Township Supervisor, Bement; George DeMent, Commissioner of Public Works, Chicago; John Kearns, City Engineer, Champaign, and Deane Seeger, American Municipal Association, Washington, D.C. Representatives of thirty-seven municipalities were present. A complete registration list follows:
State Representatives—John Lewis, Jr., Marshall; C. R. (Bob) Beckmeyer, Nashville; Henry Lenard, Chicago; J. Lisle Laufer, Hampshire; G. K. Willett, Dixon; Louis Beckman, Kankakee; William Harris, Pontiac.
State Senators — Dan Dougherty, Chicago; William J. Lynch, Chicago; Robert McClory, Waukegan.
Illinois Township Officials—Joseph Rittenhouse, Bement; B. F. Johnson, Decatur; William J. Vieregge, Gilman; Merle K. Anderson, Durand; Harry Talley, Bloomington; Meade Baltz, Joliet; Lee Cornwell, Harvard.
State Department of Public Works and Buildings—E. A. Rosenstone, Director, Springfield; Troy Kost, Assistant Director, Springfield; Ralph Bartelsmeyer. Chief Highway Engineer, Springfield; William Dutelle, Chief Engineer, Local Roads and Streets, Springfield; J. P. Tuthill, District Engineer, Chicago.
Illinois State Federation of Labor— R. G. Soderstrom, President, Springfield.
Cook County Board of Commissioners—William Erickson, Chicago.
Chicago Regional Planning Association—Howard R. Olson, Manager, Chicago.
Illinois State Division of Traffic Safety—W. Guthrie Piersell, Research Analyst, Springfield.
Illinois State Chamber of Commerce —Vernon Wahlberg, Legislative Manager, Chicago.
Illinois Telephone Association—J. G. Hardy, Secretary, Springfield.
Portland Cement Association — W. W. Wallace, Engineer, Chicago; Martin Lewis, Jr., Springfield; C. A. Wall, Chicago; A. Davis, Chicago.
Illinois Bell Telephone Company— Robert H. Myers, Assistant Vice President, Chicago.
National Safety Council—Ned Dearborn, President, Chicago.
Chicago Motor Club—Matthew C. Sielski, Head, Research Division, Chicago.
Automobile Manufacturers Association—John J. Cummings, Director of Transportation Research, Detroit, Michigan.
Central Motor Freight Association, Inc.—Harry Olson, Chief of Tariff Bureau, Chicago.
Diamond T Motor Truck Company— Z. C. R. Hansen, Executive Vice President, Chicago.
National Highway Users Conference —Cecil Fausch, Chicago.
Illinois Highway Users Conference —James Gilruth, Chicago.
International Harvester Company— R. E. Bryan, Public Relations, Chicago; L. W. Pierson, Chicago.
Illinois State Grange—Frank Neffenegger, Marengo; Herbert R. Orr, Harvard.
Forest Preserve District — Ray Blackwell, President, Wheaton.
Illinois County Superintendents of Highways—Lewis Lush, Springfield; David H. Sharkey, Toulon; O. B. Dold, Wheaton; Harold Absher, Nashville; R. E. Erikson, Oregon; M. E. Amstutz, Waukegan; Alan Buck, Decatur; James Kelly, Assistant, Chicago.
American Municipal Association — Deane Seeger, Washington, D.G.; John Kerstetter, Chicago.
Alton—Mayor Leo Struif; Guy Fairfield, Engineer.
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East St. Louis — David Johnston, City Engineer; Mayor Alvin Fields.
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