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Tollway Director Takes Job with Working Contractor

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The executive director of the Illinois Tollway announced today he’s stepping down to take a job with a longtime contractor. The company in the last two years has received at least $35-million in work from the tollway.

Brian McPartlin is leaving the Illinois Tollway to take a position as a vice-president at McDonough Associates. The engineering firm has worked on construction projects all over the tollway. McPartlin says he had no involvement with any of those deals. He also says he’s in full compliance with the state’s ethics rules.

MCPARTLIN: And I’ve certainly worked with my counsel’s office here, as well as anything else, to avoid any kind of conflict of interest. We’ve been very transparent from the time I told my chairman I was going to begin to seek work and seek employment in the private sector to the time of my resignation.

McPartlin has headed the Illinois Tollway since 2006. He oversaw its expansion and the increased use of the I-PASS electronic toll system.

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