McNamara says his place on Pritzker’s transition team gives Rockford ‘a seat at the table’


Rockford’s mayor will be part of a team dedicated to making sure the transition of power between Governor Bruce Rauner and Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker goes smoothly.

Pritzker announced Thursday that Mayor Tom McNamara will joining his transition team, as the head of a group with deals with financial issues facing the state.

It will also develop new strategies to stimulate Illinois’ economy and improve its business climate.

McNamara is one of 17 members on the team. He says that, as part of the transition, he hopes to increase access to capital, develop the workforce and provide mentorship and opportunities for small businesses and local entrepreneurs.

McNamara says his involvement gives Rockford a seat at the table as Illinois moves into a new administration.

“Bringing the focus that I’ve had here, when it comes to building and strengthening neighborhoods, when it comes to helping small, women and minority owned businesses start in our community,” McNamara said. “I’m going to bring that focus to this committee. It’s an honor to be part of it, I’m excited to be part of it.”

The Mayor says his role in Rockford in Rockford will continue as usual and expects to be a part of the transition team until shortly after Governor-elect Pritzker takes office.

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