February 10, 2005

CONTACT: Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523, aranallo@uic.edu

Urban Planning and Public Administration Alumni Honor CTA Official

Greg Longhini, policy advisor to the chairman of the Chicago Transit
Authority and secretary to the CTA board, has received an Alumni
Appreciation award from the urban planning and public administration
alumni association of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The award recognizes dedication to the fields of urban planning and
public administration and contributions to the development of the
college's students and alumni.

Noah Temaner Jenkins, president of the college's alumni association,
said Longhini has "influenced Chicago's development through his own
work and by recruiting and mentoring so many professionals from our

Longhini is a 1979 alumnus of the graduate program in urban planning
and policy.

"I'm honored to receive this award from the College of Urban Planning
and Public Affairs," Longhini said. "I've been a part of the UIC
planning community for over 30 years now, and this means a lot to me."

Longhini has been adjunct faculty of the college since 1990. He began
his career as a researcher at the American Association of Planning
Officials, and in 1992 he returned to the association (by then renamed
the American Planning Association) as its elected Midwest trustee.

Prior to his work at the CTA, Longhini was deputy commissioner of the
Chicago Department of Planning and Development, responsible for a staff
of 20 in intergovernmental affairs, media relations, communications and
marketing. He worked for the department from 1987 through 1998,
directing industrial planning, media relations and intergovernmental

In 1991, the Mayor's Office asked Longhini and a small committee to
plan a merger of all or parts of the Economic Development Commission
and the city departments of planning, economic development, and
housing. The result was the current Department of Planning and
Development, established in 1992.

Three years later, as temporary head of neighborhood planning, Longhini
created Planning Now, a program that made it possible for the
department to hire planning consultants on a moment's notice for
urgent, short-term projects.

"What I'm most proud of after all these years are the wonderful
students and planners that I have been associated with at the
university, the city, and our many professional and civic
associations," Longhini said.

The college's alumni association directors will present the award to
Longhini at a private gathering on March 4.

For information about UIC's College of Urban Planning and Public
Affairs, visit www.uic.edu/cuppa/

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