Pick to head Illinois transportation had 2004 arrest for DUI

Feb 13, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner's nominee to head the Illinois Department of Transportation was arrested for drunken driving in 2004. Randy Blankenhorn failed a blood alcohol content test during a traffic stop in Sangamon County.

According to court records, Blankenhorn pleaded guilty to DUI and received a year of supervision and a $795 fine.

Rauner spokesman Lance Trover said in an emailed statement that senators were told about Blankenhorn's arrest more than a month ago, and that the governor "has full confidence" in him. A Senate panel withheld moving Blankenhorn's nomination to the full Senate on Tuesday.

Blankenhorn served as head of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and worked as a planner with the state transportation department for 22 years.