Ray LaHood

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Congress could use fewer showhorses, and more workhorses.

That's according to Sean Q Kelly. He's a political science professor at California State University and the co-editor of a recent book on House Minority Leader Bob Michel, Robert H. Michel: Leading the Republican House Minority. He said the Peoria Republican listened and was willing to do the hard, unglamorous work to get legislation passed.

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Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said further polarization is the most likely result to come out of impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

A panel discussion on former House Minority Leader Bob Michel's legacy and a new book on the Peoria Republican is set for next Monday at Bradley University.

The discussion will feature Frank Mackaman and Sean Q. Kelly, the authors of Robert H. Michel: Leading the Republican House Minority. The discussion will also feature former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Peplow Pavilion at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center at Bradley. Chris Kaergard of the Peoria Journal Star will moderate. 

Ray LaHood was appointed Thursday to chair the board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. 

Frank Mackaman is handing the reins of the Dirksen Congressional Center to Tiffany White next year. 

“America is one big pothole.”

That’s according to Obama-era Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The Peoria Republican said Congress needs to look to his home state for inspiration on how to improve the condition of the nation’s roads, highways, and bridges.

"We need to take a page out of the Illinois book, and 30 other states around the country that have raised their own gas tax, and get a bold bill with a good vision," said LaHood. 

A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation from Peoria is applauding the Illinois General Assembly for passing its first capital bill in 10 years.

Bob Michel Remembered

Feb 25, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

A number of dignitaries joined Bob Michel's family and friends today for his memorial service. The services was at Michel's amateur, in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University.

The long-time Congressman was a highly decorated World War II Veteran with legendary statesmanship.

Michel had a special gift for consensus building and respectful policy making. During his 38 years in congress he was the longest-serving minority leader. Hence, anything he achieved in legislative policy happened with strong bipartisan support.

Saying Farewell to Statesmen Bob Michel

Feb 17, 2017
Dole Institute / YouTube

The longest-serving US House minority leader died this morning. Bob Michel was 93.

LaHood: "U.S. is one big pothole"

Oct 16, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A former Peoria Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation says the country is one big pothole. Republican Ray LaHood spoke to an economics class Thursday at Bradley University on how building a strong infrastructure can boost the U.S. economy.

Part of I-74 now LaHood Highway

Jul 2, 2014

Local and state officials dedicated a section of I-74 to honor former U-S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The newly-named Ray LaHood Highway stretched six miles from the eastbound Sterling Avenue exit to the westbound lanes before the Murray Baker Bridge. LaHood helped secure federal funding for the I-74 reconstruction project that finished in 2006. He also recognized labor groups and lawmakers that helped see the project through.

LaHood goes to work for CAT

Jun 5, 2014

  Former US Transportation Secretary and Peoria Congressman Ray LaHood has taken a contract with Caterpillar for consulting services.

LaHood gets city street named after him

Nov 4, 2013

A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and long-time Congressman now has a road named after him in the city of Peoria. City officials unveiled the so-called Honorary Secretary Ray LaHood Roadway at the intersection of Main and Monroe streets.

LaHood named Distinguished Fellow at BU

Aug 21, 2013

Bradley University is honoring a politically famous alumnus. The university is naming former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Congressman Ray LaHood the first Honorary Senior Distinguished Fellow for the Institute of Principled Leadership in Public Service.

BU Alumni Association's Leadership Summit underway

Jun 14, 2013

The Bradley University Alumni Association’s first Leadership Summit is underway. The event began Thursday and runs through Saturday on campus. The goal of the summit is to motivate aspiring leaders working to advance their careers and enhance their leadership skills.