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State Rep. Al Riley credits his decision to pursue a life of public service to his father, Sam Riley, who had been a union steward and a leader in the Chicago civil rights movement early in his career. Under his father's guidance, Al pursued a career in public policy and quantitative research.
Professionally, Riley is an urban planner and statistician. Riley holds bachelor's degrees in Economic Geography and Secondary Education from Chicago State University and a master's degree in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis and Statistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also performed doctoral studies in Public Policy Analysis.
Riley has a long record of public service to our country and our communities. He served on active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army in the branches of Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs. Prior to joining the Illinois General Assembly, he served as supervisor of Rich Township, a trustee in the village of Olympia Fields and a trustee in Rich Township.
Working with other dedicated members of the General Assembly, Riley developed legislation addressing many Southland concerns, such as a landmark mass transit bill that included a permanent south suburban seat on the Metra Board of Directors, funding for innovative transit solutions for the PACE Suburban Bus Service, a bond issue promise for new cars and improvements on the Metra Electric line and development of the SouthEast Service line.
Riley believes that an efficient public transit system is vital for south suburban communities to thrive. That's why after several public scandals exposed questionable practices, he sponsored legislation requiring the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to complete a review of its hiring procedures, bonuses and severance agreements. Riley also tasked the RTA with creating a geographically equitable regional transportation plan.
Recognizing that moving Illinois and the Southland forward requires putting people back to work, Riley co-sponsored a new law forming a Business Development Council responsible for creating a statewide business development and marketing plan. He also worked to pass a road construction program to allow local projects to move forward more quickly, improving our transportation infrastructure, helping goods and services flow more efficiently and putting thousands of Illinoisans on the job.
Riley represents the 38th District, which includes all or portions of Country Club Hills, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Markham, Matteson, Oak Forest, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, Tinley Park and University Park.