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Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
Illinois State Legislative Board

Board Members

Published on August 23, 2013 by BLET Admin

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Executive Committee Members

Paul Piekarski – Chairman

Paul S. Piekarski

Chairman of the Illinois State Legislative Board

Paul is a member of Division 683 – Chicago, Illinois
Division 683 was charter on January 1, 1903 and presently represents members working on the Union Pacific Railroad.

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  • Email: paul@bletislb.org
  • Cell Phone: (708) 715-4198
  • Fax (630) 297-8367

James J. McGovern IV – 1st Vice Chairman

James J. McGovern IV

1st Vice Chairman

J.J. is the Legislative Representative for BLET Division 644 which was chartered on January 1, 1904
Division 644 is located in Galesburg, Illinois and represents Locomotive Engineers working on the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad.

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Pat P Randolph – 2nd Vice Chairman

Pat P. Randolph

2nd Vice Chairman

Pat is the Legislative Representative for BLET Division 512 – Marion, Illinois

Division 512 was chartered on January 1, 1893 and represents
Locomotive Engineers working for the Canadian National / Illinois Central
Railroad.

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Chris Falaney – 3rd Vice Chairman

Chris Falaney

3rd Vice Chairman

Chris is the Legislative Representative for BLET Division 683 – Chicago, Illinois

Division 683 was charter on January 1, 1903 and presently represents members working on the Union Pacific Railroad.

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Tim Simmons – 2nd Alternate Vice Chairman

Tim Simmons

2nd Alternate Vice Chairman

James Wasson – 3rd Alternate Vice Chairman

James Wasson

James Wasson

3rd Alternate Vice Chairman
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Jody A. Thomas -Secretary/Treasurer Illinois State Legislative Board

Jody A. Thomas

Jody A. Thomas

Secretary/Treasurer ISLB

Legislative Representative BLET Division 155 – Decatur, Illinois

Brother Jody represents BLET Division 155 which was chartered on January 1, 1872
Division 155 Represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

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David Hilligoss – Alternate Secretary – Treasurer

David Hilligoss

Alternate Secretary – Treasurer

David is the Legislative Representative for BLET Division 96 – Bartlett, Illinois

Division 96 was chartered on January 1, 1869 and represents Locomotive Engineers
working on the Union Pacific Railroad.

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Tyrone Hughes – ISLB Auditing Committee Member

Tyrone Hughes

Tyrone Hughes

Auditing Committee  for BLET/ ISLB – Blue Island, Illinois

Brother Tyrone is a member of BLET Division 815 which was chartered on January 1, 1911 Division 815 represents Locomotive Engineers working for Metra

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Division Legislative Representatives

Jonathon Walters – Legislative Representative

Jonathon Walters

Jonathon Walters

Legislative Representative BLET Division 10 – Bourbonnais, Illinois

Brother John represents BLET Division 10, which was chartered on January 1, 1863.
Division 10 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Canadian National / Illinois Central Railroad

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Mark D. Whitchurch – Legislative Representative

Mark Whitchurch

Mark Whitchurch

Legislative Representative – BLET Division 24 – Salem, Illinois

Brother Mark is the Legislative Representative of Division 24 which was chartered on January 1, 1863

Division 24 represents Locomotive Engineers working on the Canadian National / Illinois Central Railroad.

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Richard J. Leschina – Legislative Representative

Richard J. Leschina

Richard J. Leschina

Legislative Representative – Division 32 – Aurora, Illinois

Division 32 was chartered on January 1, 1865 and represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Burlington Northern – Santa Fe Railroad.

Contact Information
  • Email: rickleschina@gmail.com
  • Phone: (708) 951-0423

Robert Kussow – Legislative Representative

Tyrone HughesRobert Kussow

Legislative Representative BLET Division 40 – Midlothian, Illinois

Division 40 was chartered on September 1, 1987 and represents Locomotive Engineers working for Amtrak.

Contact Information
  • Email: rmkussow@gmail.com
  • Phone:
  • Cell Phone: (262) 689-1824

John Eric Bateman – Division Representative

John Eric Bateman

John Eric Bateman

Division Representative BLET Division 45 – Carterville, Illinois

Brother Bateman represents BLET Division 45 which was charter on September 1, 1987 BLET Division 10 represents Locomotive Engineers working for Amtrak.

Contact Information
  • Email: bateman011@frontier.com
  • Phone: (618) 985-8256
  • Cell Phone: (618) 727-4114

Teddy Mann – Legislative Representative

Teddy Mann

Legislative Representative BLET Division 100 – Danville, Illinois

Brother Mann represents BLET Division 100 which was chartered on January 1, 1877. Division 100 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the CSX Railroad.

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Dennis L. Heeren – Legislative Representative

Dennis L. Heeren

Dennis L. Heeren

Legislative Representative BLET Division 109 – Mt. Olive, Illinois

Brother Dennis represents BLET Division 109 which was chartered on October 1, 1993 Division 109 represents Locomotive Engineers working on the Gateway Western Railroad.

Le’Mon Bass – Legislative Representative

Le’Mon Bass III

Legislative Representative BLET Division 118 – Belleville, Illinois

Brother Le’Mon represents BLET Division 118, Belleville, IL. which was chartered on October 1, 1993 Division 118 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Union Pacific Railroad.

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Sean T. Bickerton – Legislative Representative

Sean T. Bickerton

Sean T. Bickerton

Legislative Representative BLET Division 131 – Lansing, Illinois

Brother Sean represents BLET Division 131 which was chartered on August 1, 1994 Division 131 represents Locomotive Engineers working on Metra Electric.

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Cory Martin – Legislative Representative

Cory Martin

Legislative Representative BLET Division 135 – Beardstown, Illinois

Brother Martin represents BLET Division 135 which was chartered on February 1, 1995. Division 135 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad.

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James Strubinger – Legislative Representative

Chuck R. Jones

James Strubinger

Legislative Representative BLET Division 251 – Camargo, Illinois

Brother Strubinger Represents BLET Division 251 which was chartered on January 1, 1972 Division 251 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Contact Information
  • Email: JamesStrubinger@gmail.com
  • Phone: (217) 521-8857

Matthew Hank – Legislative Representative

M Hank

M Hank

Legislative Representative BLET Division 266 – Savannah, Illinois

Brother Matt represents BLET Division 266 which was chartered on May 1, 2009 Division 266 represents Locomotive Engineers working on the Canadian Pacific Railroad

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Tim J Simmons – Legislative Representative

Mickey Trawinski

Tim Simmons

Legislative Representative BLET Division 294 – Arlinton Heights, Illinois

Brother Tim represents BLET Division 294 which was chartered on January 1, 1885 Division 294 represents Locomotive Engineers working on Metra

Contact Information
  • Email: pcsimmons@wowway.com
  • Cell Phone: (708) 829-2443

Dave Wasniewski – Legislative Representative

Dave Wasniewski

Legislative Representative BLET Division 302 – Chicago, Illinois

Brother Dave represents BLET Division 302 which was chartered on January 1, 1885 Division 302 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

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Richard Hooker – Legislative Representative

Richard Hooker

Richard Hooker

Legislative Representative BLET Division 315 – Clinton, Illinois

Brother Richard represents BLET Division 315 which was chartered on January 1, 1889 Division 315 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Canadian National / Illinois Central Railroad

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Robert F. Bennett Jr. – Legislative Representative

Robert F. Bennett Jr.

Robert F. Bennett Jr.

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 354 – Kankakee, Illinois

Brother Bob represents BLET Division 354 which was chartered on January 1, 1887 Division 354 represents Locomotive Engineer working for the Norfolk Southern Railroad

Contact Information
  • Cell Phone: (815) 932-8335

Larry A Graham – Legislative Representative

Larry Graham

Larry Graham

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 394 – Saint Anne, Illinois

Brother Larry represents BLET Division 394 which was chartered on January 1, 1888 Division 394 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Belt Railroad Company

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Paul Lazzaretti – Legislative Representative

Paul Lazzaretti

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 404 – Arlington Heights, IL.

Brother Lazzaretti represents BLET Division 404, West Chicago, IL. which was chartered on January 1, 1889 Division 404 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Union Pacific Railroad

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Doug Pope – Legislative Representative

Camille A. Blood

Doug Pope

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 444 – Saint Peters, Missouri

Brother Pope represents BLET Division 444 which was chartered on January 1, 1890 Division 444 represents Locomotive Engineers working on the Norfolk Southern Railroad

Contact Information
  • Email: ddiscop@charter.net
  • Phone: (314) 749-8545

Jose A DeLao – Legislative Representative

Jose A DeLao

Jose A DeLao

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 458 – Franklin Park, Illinois

Brother DeLao represents BLET Division 458 which was chartered on May 1, 1986 Division 458 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

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  • Email: sdwya11@gmail.com
  • Phone: ()-

Thomas Hewett – Legislative Representative

Thomas Hewitt

Thomas Hewitt

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 474 – Chicago, Illinois

Brother Tom represents BLET Division 474 which was chartered on August 1, 1986 Division 474 represents Locomotive Engineers working for Amtrak.

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John C. Gast – Legislative Representative

John C. Gast

John C. Gast

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 520 – Valparaiso, Illinois

Brother John represents BLET Division 520 which was chartered on January 1, 1911 Division 520 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad

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Mike J Kulak – Legislative Representative

Mike Kulak

Mike Kulak

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 551 – Crown Point, Indiana

Brother Mike represents BLET Division 551 which was chartered on January 1, 1981 Division 551 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Norfolk Western Railroad

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Kevin P. Mitchell – Legislative Representative

Kevin P. Mitchell

Kevin P. Mitchell

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 575 – Addison, Illinois

Brother Kevin represents BLET Division 575, Chicago, IL. which was chartered on January 1, 1946 Division 575 represents Locomotive Engineers working for Metra

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Kyle Fulling – Legislative Representative

Kyle Fulling

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 577 – St. Robinson, Illinois

Brother Fulling represents BLET Division 577, Matton, IL. which was chartered on January 1, 1901 Division 577 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Canadian National / Illinois Central Railroad

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Abe Vasquez – Legislative Representative

Abe Vasquez

Abe Vasquez

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 582 – Kankakee, Illinois

Brother Abe represents BLET Division 582 which was chartered on January 1, 1901 Division 582 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the CSX Railroad

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James G. Wasson – Legislative Representative

James G. Wasson

James G. Wasson

Legislative Representative Division 602

Brother James is a member of Division 602 – Saint Joesph, Illinois

Division 602 was chartered on January 1, 1903 and represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Canadian National / Illinois Central Railroad.

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Dan Thieleman II – Legislative Representative

Dan Thieleman

Dan Thieleman II

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 613 – Dyer, IN.

Division 613, Dolton, IL. was chartered on January 1, 1903 and represents Locomotive Engineers
working on the Union Pacific Railroad.

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DJ Friend – Legislative Representative

Bruce Yancey

D J Friend

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 665 – New Baden, Illinois

Brother Friend represents BLET Division 665, Centrailia, IL. which was chartered on January 1, 1904 Division 665 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Burlington Northern / Santa Fe Railroad

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Mike J. Edwards – Legislative Representative

Mike J. Edwards

Mike J. Edwards

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 674 – Waterloo, Illinois

Brother Mike represents BLET Division 674 which was chartered on January 1, 1909 Division 674 represents Locomotive Engineers working on the Union Pacific Railroad

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Victor E. Crivilare – Legislative Representative

Victor E. Crivilare

Victor E. Crivilare

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 724 – Effingham, Illinois

Brother Victor represents BLET Division 724 which was chartered on January 1, 1907 Division 724 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Union Pacific Railroad

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Dave Fuentes – Legislative Representative

Jack R. Hartman

Dave Fuentes

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 790 – Middlesbury, IN.

Brother Fuentes represents BLET Division 790, Chicago, IL.

Division 790 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the CP Railroad

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Randi Kremain-Sutton – Legislative Representative

Tyrone Hughes

Randi Kremain-Sutton

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 815 – Blue Island, Illinois

Sister Randi represents BLET Division 815 which was chartered on January 1, 1911 Division 815 represents Locomotive Engineers working for Metra

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Todd Moore – Legislative Representative

Ricky K. Farrell

Todd Moore

Legislative Representative for BLET Division 848 – Clinton, IA

Brother Todd represents BLET Division 848, South Pekin,IL. which was chartered on January 1, 1914 Division 848 represents Locomotive Engineers working for the Union Pacific Railroad

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