The Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council (IUBDC) held its first Legislative Reception on a busy, rainy evening in Springfield during the closing weeks of the 100th Session of the Illinois General Assembly.
Newly-elected and veteran legislators representing all areas of state, from Round Lake Beach and Addison, to Downers Grove and East St. Louis, attended the event. Several legislative leaders who have a demonstrated their commitment to broadening and strengthening business diversity in Illinois were on hand for discussions with the more than 30 representatives of IUBDC-member utilities.
Attending legislators included: Senate Majority Leader James Clayborne, Jr.; recently-installed Co-Chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Senator Martin Sandoval; Assistant Majority Leaders Senator Donne Trotter, and Senator Kimberly Lightford, who is also Joint Chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and co-chair of the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL); Senate Majority Whip Mattie Hunter, Chair of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee; and State Representatives William Davis (Harvey) and Robert Pritchard (DeKalb).
Representing IUBDC-member companies were utility presidents: Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water; Richard Mark, Ameren Illinois; Charles Matthews, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas; and Melvin Williams, Nicor Gas, who is serving as the Council’s inaugural chairman of the Board. Fidel Marquez, senior vice president, Governmental & External Affairs and former State Representative Marlow Colvin represented founding IUBDC member company ComEd on behalf of President Anne Pramaggiore.
Key discussion topics included IUBDC’s efforts to increase the participation of diverse businesses in utility supply chains, develop new diverse businesses, and enlist legislator support to advance supplier diversity in Illinois.
To see photos from this event, please visit the Council Photo Gallery.
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